Prince bin Nayef’s role in Operation Decisive Storm

In 2015, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef led a major military intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm, as part of a coalition of ten Arab countries against the Houthi rebels.

Decisive Storm was meant to be series of air strikes against Houthis targets in Yemen, in support of the legitimate elected government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, president of the Republic of Yemen.

The military intervention was specific and legitimate, and aimed to maintain the security of the kingdom. It came at a time that Saudi Arabia was threatened by the Iranian-backed Houthi movement.

Prince bin Nayef played a part in preparations for this conflict, but Decisive Storm took a different turn after Prince bin Nayef was removed from the Ministry of Interior. It would become an unfettered adventure; an adolescence action that obeyed the desires and calculations of other global forces that had their own personal agendas in Yemen. In another words, the legitimate war became a travesty. Saudi Arabia would then attract a global wave of criticism for its actions, perhaps more than ever before, and the kingdom’s resources were drained. The Saudi army entered a dark period from which it is yet to emerge, with its initial aims left unfulfilled.

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