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Will the Saudi-UAE aggression expand to Oman?

Feb ,10\NewNewss

Living on the periphery of the tumultuous Middle East, Omanis do not take their security for granted. Oman has been free of violent unrest from a long time ago. Yet Oman is situated in a dangerous neighborhood, and the Arab Gulf country is not immune to transregional threats. The possibility of spillover from the war in Yemen, which shares borders with Oman, represents the gravest menace to the Sultanate’s security, while the Qatar crisis threatens to fundamentally change the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) in ways that would leave Oman worse off.

Oman was a nation of peace. Indeed, Oman is the only Arab monarchy that declined to participate in the Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen. By not deploying its military to strike the Yemeni Army and the popular committees (Al-Houthis) in its southern neighbor. For this, Saudi Arabia and UAE accused Oman by smuggling weapons and aids to Ansar Allah. This strategy of relative neutrality is consistent with Iran, because Oman is one GCC state that shares the Strait of Hormuz with Iran. Where Oman has a vested interest in cooling the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, a conflict that would inevitably threaten Oman’s vital economy and security. This is a pretext for preface of aggression against Oman.

Officials in Muscat fear that heightened instability in Yemen expands for extremist forces such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS), which have been able to expand their presence in Yemen amid the state’s collapse. The threat of these actors (the terrorists and Saudi and Emirati troops in Al-Mahra province) is unsettling for Oman’s security.

Since March 26, Saudi Arabia and its allies have been unsuccessfully attempting to defeat the Yemeni people and restore the legitimacy. And today, the Saudi-led coalition seek to wage an aggression on Oman, while Riyadh’s strategy in Yemen as misguided and dangerous for the entire region, especially Oman.

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