South Yemen Separatists: Saudis must evict Islamists or Lose War

Islah Party is a major part of the Saudi-backed govt

While the Saudi-backed Yemen government has backed away from talks with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), demanding surrender, the STC is also coming forward with some serious criticisms of how they’re fighting the war.

The STC complaints settled on the Islah Party, an Islamist political party which is seen as aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis and UAE both don’t like the Muslim Brotherhood in general, but Islah is a major part of the Yemen government.

The STC is warning that the Saudis must evict Islah from all government posts, as well as any northern Yemenis, or they’ll end up losing the war. The STC’s allies have become increasingly aggressive against northerners.

The STC has ruled out returning control of Aden to the government either way, envisioning eventually re-establishing South Yemen as a country after the war. Aden would be the capital of that region.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.