Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen claim to have captured several troops from Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition against the insurgents, parading one of the soldiers on television.This has gone from bad to worse for Saudi/GCC.
The Iran-backed rebels' Al-Masirah television late on Wednesday showed footage of a man dressed in military fatigues who identified himself as Sergeant Ibrahim Hakmi of a Saudi brigade based in the Jazan border area.
The man said he was being held along with several other Saudi soldiers, but did not specify how many. He also did not say how, when or where he was allegedly captured.
AFP could not verify if the man was indeed a Saudi soldier and Riyadh had yet to comment on the claim.
Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region has been the scene of frequent clashes and cross-border shelling since the country launched an air campaign against the rebels in support of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
Backed by renegade troops loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the northern rebels seized Yemen's capital Sanaa a year ago and pushed Hadi into exile in March after advancing on his refuge in the southern city of Aden.
Pro-Hadi fighters, backed by troops freshly trained and armed by Saudi Arabia, ejected the rebels from Aden in July and have since recaptured four other southern provinces.
Several thousand troops from coalition countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also reported to have entered the country.
Quick question. How do you define a quagmire? When does the Saudi Kingdom decide that the loss of men and material has reached a point where its no longer worth it? When do they decide that a hit to their pride and prestige is worth it so that they can protect their homeland?
Is it too much to say that the Iranians are defeating the Saudis in this proxy war?