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April 15, 2015 No.
6023

Operation Decisive Storm, Arab Rage At Iran As Expressed In Cartoons

The Arab press has recently been awash with cartoons condemning Iran's intervention in Arab countries. The cartoons appeared mainly in the Gulf press and in London-based Gulf newspapers, as well as in the Jordanian and Egyptian press. They portray Iran as sowing destruction in the Arab world and taking control of it as part of its bid for regional hegemony, and often depict Iran as a demonic figure or as an animal such as a serpent, octopus or spider.

Many of the cartoons focused specifically on Iran's intervention in Yemen, following the takeover of Yemen by the Houthi rebels, and Saudi Arabia's subsequent launch of Operation Decisive Storm there. The operation increased the tension between the Gulf states, which support Yemeni President 'Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and Iran, which supports the Houthis. These cartoons in the Gulf press portrayed Iran as being behind the Houthi rebels as part of its efforts to take over the region. The Houthis were often depicted as snakes, daggers or puppets used by Iran.

The cartoons expressed support for Operation Decisive Storm and for the Arab coalition that is fighting the Houthis. The operation was depicted as neutralizing and defeating Iran's regional plans, as saving Yemen from the clutches of the Iranian monster, and as annihilating the Houthis, Iran's servants.

The following is a sampling of the cartoons.

Criticizing Iran's Interference In Arab Countries, Bid For Regional Hegemony

 
Iranian hand reaching out to grab the Arab world (Al-Arabi Al-Jadid, London, April 12, 2015)

 

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Iran dreams of gobbling up GCC states (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2015)

 


The Iranian spider has the Arab world in its web (Al-Khaleej, UAE, April 9, 2015)

 


Iran juggles Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, February 11, 2015)

 

 
Iranian serpent bearing the slogans "death to America", "death to Israel", "curse the Jews" swallows Yemen, having already devoured Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. (Watan News, Jordan, March 26, 2015)

 

 
Iranian octopus clutches Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen in its tentacles (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 24, 2015)

 

 
Iran chants "death to America" and "death to Israel" while stabbing Arab world with "Houthis", "Iraqi militias", and "Hizbullah", and sharpening the saber of the "nuclear bomb" (Aljazeera.net, April 13, 2015)

 


"Iran's tools" - Houthi leader "Al-Houthi", former Yemeni president "'Ali 'Abdallah Saleh", and Hizbullah Secretary-General "Hassan Nasrallah" (Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2015)

 


Iran fires at "the Sunnis of Iraq" and "the Sunnis of Syria" with American protection (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 18, 2015)

 


Iran replicates Hizbullah model in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Djibouti (Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 13, 2015)

 

Criticism Of Iran For Inflaming Yemen By Means Of Houthis And For Its Propaganda On Yemen

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Iran brings Yemen to a boil ('Okaz, Saudi Arabia, March 23, 2015)

 


Iran devouring Yemen (Al-Ittihad, UAE, March 9, 2015)

 


"The Houthi gang" - serpents emerging from an Iranian turban (Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 2, 2015)

 


Iran steers former Yemeni president 'Ali 'Abdallah Saleh and Houthis to target Yemen (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 21, 2015)

 


Iranian Houthi dagger plunged through "negotiations in Yemen" (Akhbar Al-Khaleej, Bahrain, March 26, 2015)

 


Iran wheels its proxy, the Houthi leader, in chair of "Yemeni leadership" (Al-Arabi Al-Jadid, London, March 29, 2015)

 

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"His Master's Voice": Houthi leader "Al-Houthi" serves as mouthpiece of Iran (Akhbar Al-Khaleej, Bahrain, April 1, 2015)

 

 
Iran destroys Yemen while lying about Operation Decisive Storm violating Yemeni sovereignty (Aljazeera.net, March 26, 2015)

 

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Iran complicates situation in Yemen (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 26, 2015)

 

Operation Decisive Storm Thwarts Iran's Plans In Yemen


Arab coalition jet severs the strings of Iran's Houthi puppet (Al-Hayat, London, April 10, 2015)

 


"Decisive Storm" scissors (shaped like jets) cut Iranian tentacle holding Houthi dagger (Al-Arab, London, March 31, 2015)

 

 
Decisive Storm severs Houthis (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2015)

 

 
Decisive Storm acts as anti-Houthi pesticide (Al-Arab, London, March 30, 2015)

 


Decisive Storm rescues Yemen from sharing fate of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, which have been swallowed by the Iranian serpent (Akhbar Al-Khaleej, Bahrain, April 11, 2015)

 

 
"Decisive Storm" pops "Houthi" balloon inflated by "Iran" ( Al-Jarida, Kuwait, April 5, 2015)

 

 
"Decisive Storm" buries "Iranian plan in Yemen" (Al-Jarida, Kuwait, March 31, 2015)



"Decisive Storm" cuts off "Iranian plan" (Al-Dustour, Jordan, March 27, 2015)

 

 
"Decisive Storm" disrupts "Iranian plan" (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 27, 2015)

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"Arab coalition" shields Yemen from the Iranian octopus which seeks to take over "Bab Al-Mandeb" using its "Houthi" agents (Al-Usbou', Egypt, March 30, 2015)