2017 - Operation Golden Spear
Hadi government forces began Operation Golden Spear in an effort to drive back al Houthi-Saleh forces in Taiz and Lahij governorates on 06 January 2017. Ongoing operations led by Yemen army forces, support by coalition airpower, were invested in the conclusive implementation of Operation Golden Spear, launched to liberate the national west coast, all the way to Mocha and Bab al-Mandeb, military sources reported to Asharq Al-Awsat.
The goal of the Arab alliance, along with the coalition naval forces, is to liberate Bab al-Mandab, and all the Thami west coast, right down to the port of Hodeida and then port Midi, near the borders with Saudi Arabia.
Operation Commander in Yemen Brigadier General Fadel Hassan stated January 3, 2017 that Iran continues to breach international laws and violate the Yemeni sovereignty through repetitive endeavors to smuggle loads of arms to Houthis and their ally, ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Brigadier-General told Asharq al-Awsat that “the national army, in coordination with the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, is stopping these operations before they get into the country.” He added that Iran is using some ports to smuggle arms in a pursuit to reinforce military potentials of Houthis and their allies.
Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, continued recording sweeping advances in Taiz freeing militia-held pockets for two days in a row 09 January 2017. The operation sweeping the zone was denoted by “Operation Golden Spear”, and presents great significance as it frees coastal areas vital to economic pipelines from the hold of Iran-aligned Houthi groups, seeking to topple governmental authority. Fierce clashes intensified between pro-government forces, composed of popular resistance groups and army units , and Iran-backed Houthis siding with combatant loyalists supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Army units sought to secure the coastline stretching from Dhubab , Mocha through to Bab al-Mandeb strait, cutting off the chief artillery supply route. The Golden Spear Operation restored stability to an international shipping line which coup militias repeatedly hindered its nautical safety, especially firing multiple attacks against commercial and military vessels.
When the conflict began, analysts expected the fighting to last only a few months, but by late 2015 the violence had shown no signs of abating, costing the coalition billions of dollars and claiming the lives of at least 87 Emirati troops and an estimated 200 Saudis.
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