“UAE, Bahrain Say 50 Soldiers Killed in Yemen Attack”
Reuters, September 4, 2015
“At least 50 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed in Yemen on Friday in the deadliest attack on Gulf Arab troops in the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi forces, Gulf news agencies said. The incident took place in the oil-producing Marib area of central Yemen near the border with Saudi Arabia, apparently when Houthis rocket fire hit a weapons store at a military camp. UAE state news agency WAM initially reported that 22 Emirati soldiers were killed, then later said the total number had risen to 45 after 23 more soldiers died of their wounds. … Houthi-run media also said Houthi fighters had fired a rocket at the camp, killing dozens of Emirati and Yemeni soldiers and destroying a number of Apache helicopters and armored vehicles. … Forces from the United Arab Emirates have played a leading role in bringing about the gains made by the Hadi loyalists, including driving the Houthis out of the southern port city of Aden.”
Quickie analysis: Proportionally,this is the UAE’s equivalent of more than 13,000 US soldiers dying in a single engagement. Such a huge loss could be a turning point, provoking the UAE to either double down on its intervention or get out of Yemen for good.