The authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are determined to protect "democracy" and the "legitimate" government of Yemeni President Hadi, who escaped from Sana'a following popular unrest and takeover of power. Other democracy-loving regimes concerned about democracy in Yemen are the Kingdoms of Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco and the military regime of Egypt.
Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel Al- Jubeir said that the kingdom would do "anything necessary" to protect the people of Yemen and "the legitimate government of Yemen."
These strongholds of democracy and human rights in the Middle East are not alone in their struggle. There is the US, France, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan and Sudan who have expressed their support for the invasion of Yemen.
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The United States will provide "intelligence and logistical support" in the invasion. France also expressed support to Riyadh, Turkey and Israel, who are currently busy bringing democracy in Syria and Iraq.
The wave of popular uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 had severely affected Yemen. Different sects, tribes and groups throughout the nation united against the ruling elite and their foreign masters. As a result of the riots in the country, Ali Saleh, the then President of Yemen, presented a power sharing agreement but still controlled the government through his proxies. However, to avoid a complete loss of control over Yemen's affairs, the ruling elite and their foreign puppeteers came up with a UN backed solution where Saleh completely ceded power to his Vice President Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi. Thus in 2012, Hadi became the President of Yemen through an election where he was the only contender. The doubling of fuel prices in July 2014 and the following protests became a turning point in the chain of events since 2011.
In January 2015, when the Ansarullah forces limited Hadi's power to his presidential palace, Hadi's cabinet announced his resignation following which he escaped to the port city of Aden. He revoked his resignation and announced Aden as the new capital of Yemen. Immediately, the US, France, Turkey, and their Western European allies and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates closed their embassies in Sana'a and relocated to Aden. When the Ansarullah members had complete control over Sana'a, they then moved in to gain control over Aden along with their allied tribes and sections of Yemeni military forces. Thus Hadi was forced to run away from Yemen and take shelter in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
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The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February