Are the wars in Sinai and Yemen necessary?

Mashari Althaydi
Mashari Althaydi
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It is easy to criticize anything, especially complex political, security and military operations that affect the lives of people.

This is what some has been doing toward the operations in Yemen against Houthi-Iranian militias and in Egypt where the Egyptian army and police have launched an operation against ISIS fighters in Sinai, specifically in north Sinai.

It is quite easy to ask: Then what? How long will we stay the course? Where are we going? When will the roar of cannons, the whizzing of airplanes, the firing of the machine guns and the costly bills of war come to an end?

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However what is difficult is to answer such questions: Can one living in the southern Saudi border with its mountain ranges and plains coexist with the Houthi gangs which are an organ of the Khomeini body which has taken it upon itself to destroy the Saudi state as we’ve seen since 1979?

Is it “normal” for Saudi Arabia to remain silent and ignore the Houthis until the damage is done?

Is the Egyptian state required to ignore the existence of ISIS, al-Qaeda and Brotherhood gangs that explicitly announce that their goal is to destroy the Egyptian state, demolish the borders for the sake of their parent organization and dive with the country’s fate into the sea of darkness?

Are the Egyptian state and its army required to be paralyzed regarding this situation?

The war to liberate Yemen from the gangs of Khomeini and Egypt from the gangs of ISIS is a war of necessity

Mashari Althaydi

Mistakes committed

Have mistakes been committed? Yes. Mistakes were made, but this is the nature of work and the characteristic of activity.

Last Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed that the military operation, which has been carried out by the army in cooperation with the police in Sinai since February, will be finalized as soon as possible.

In a gathering organized by the Egyptian army, Sisi told the people of Sinai that a development plan is currently being implemented in Sinai and will complete by 2022.

He then stressed: “We will finish the mission as soon as possible.” Sisi was keen on venerating the people of Sinai, saying: “Terrorism is present in all the governorates of Egypt,” adding: “If we had not taken these measures (in Sinai), we will have lost Sinai.”

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The Egyptian president made these statements to respond to intimidation campaigns, not the ones emanating from the Muslim Brotherhood through its Turkish or Qatari channels, but from certain international human rights organizations that one does not know not what they exactly want! What do they want? For Egypt to hand over Sinai to ISIS?

Egyptian Army spokesman Tamer Rifai has criticized a Human Rights Watch report about a “looming humanitarian crisis” in Sinai due to the anti-terrorism operation conducted by the military.

The report included massive exaggerations about the situation of the people in North Sinai. Of course, their situation is not good and it’s certainly difficult as a war is being fought!

The war to liberate Yemen from the gangs of Khomeini and Egypt from the gangs of ISIS is a war of necessity, even if it angers sensitive groups and the new Hashishin.

This article is also available in Arabic.


Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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