Houthis second missile attack on the UAE: The new normal? - analysis

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Houthis second missile attack on the UAE: The new normal? - analysis
The second attack appears smaller but nevertheless now indicates the Houthis believe they have a right to expand the war to the UAE.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: JANUARY 24, 2022

The Iran-backed Houthis targeted the United Arab Emirates for the second time in a week on Monday morning. This comes in the wake of reports that air-defense systems last Monday had intercepted some of the threats. Last week, the attack involved drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. The second attack appears smaller but, nevertheless, now indicates the Houthis believe they have a right to expand the war to the UAE.

This is important because unlike Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, the UAE is a major hub of international trade and tourism. It also is populated by a large expat community from all over the world. The Houthis, backed by Iran, have a goal to show they can stop air traffic into the UAE and disrupt normalcy. As the UAE has strived to be part of a stabilizing group of countries, it is now being targeted by Iran.

The Houthis openly bragged about their targeting of the UAE, and Iranian media have repeated their warnings. The goal is to show they can openly say what they will do and then do it. There have been no real repercussions so far. After the first attacks, there were bombing raids on the Houthis by the Saudis, apparently, but these resulted in casualties that were then condemned. Western media said the airstrikes had killed people at a prison. This didn’t appear like a very helpful retaliation, and all it led to was another Houthi propaganda spiel claiming a “crime against humanity.” This distracts from the fact the Houthis are now trying to rain missiles down on Abu Dhabi.

more.............. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-694365
 
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