Yemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means

Yemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means:

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, officially known as Ansurallah, have vowed to intensify rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil infrastructure, warning that they are now manufacturing their own ballistic missiles to achieve those aims, the Financial Times reports.

The threat comes at a time when Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have begun to increase. Just this Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s air defense system intercepted four ballistic missiles over the southwestern region of Jizan. The debris of those missiles reportedly killed one person. Just a week prior, two other missiles were launched at the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) facilities on the Red Sea.

At the beginning of April, the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center noted that the Houthis claimed to have carried out three separate rocket attacks on Aramco facilities in ten days, including an attack on a Saudi oil tanker, which suffered some damage and led to the intervention of a coalition naval vessel, which in turn repelled the attack.

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Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”

Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”:

Once again a creeping, years’ long shadow war is expanding from indirect proxy intervention to direct engagement, complete with US “boots on the ground” where no American ground forces were previously thought to exist.

And it’s not Syria, or Libya, or central Africa where the now familiar pattern played out before, but in the Arabian peninsula where the Pentagon has long claimed to merely coordinate intelligence, refuel jets, and provide logistical support to the Saudis which have been bombing Yemen since March of 2015.

On Thursday The New York Times revealed for the first time that US special forces have been on the ground supporting Saudi coalition forces since late last year:

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US Army Special Forces Secretly Fighting Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

US Army Special Forces Secretly Fighting Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen:

(ANTIWAR.COM) — The US military is more deeply involved in the Saudi War in Yemen than officials ever admitted. In fact, new evidence suggests the Pentagon lied to Congress during the March debate about US involvement, presenting the US role at present being limited to targeting and mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes.

The New York Times is reporting on Thursday that there are actually a small number of US special forces on the ground at the Saudi border with Yemen. Those troops have not only been on the ground since late 2017, but are there on a mission to help the Saudi military fight Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthi movement.

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World News (April 24, 2018 Edition): Russia Buys 300,000 Ounces Of Gold In March, Nears 2,000 Tons In Reserves – UK: Telford Grooming Scandal: Former Social Services Boss, Local Lawmakers Exposed as Paedophiles

Russia Buys 300,000 Ounces Of Gold In March – Nears 2,000 Tons In Reserves:

Under the instruction by President Putin, the Bank of Russia has been implementing the program of increasing the absolute share of gold in the gold and currency reserves of Russia for many years.

Trump Bashes “Insane” Iran Deal, Wipes Dandruff Off Macron’s Shoulder

World wine output falls to 60-year low:

PARIS (Reuters) – Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organisation OIV said.

From ‘little rocket man’ to ‘very honorable’: Trump says he wants to meet Kim ‘as soon as possible’

Trump: “Honorable” Kim Jong Un Wants To Hold Historic Summit “As Soon As Possible”

Theresa May’s Husband’s Firm made a “Financial Killing” from Syria Bombing

US CENTCOM Chief Makes “Secret And Unprecedented” Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria

Turkish President Erdogan Blasts The US For “Sending 5,000 Trucks Loaded With Weapons To Northern Syria”:

“We cannot buy weapons from the US with our money, but unfortunately, the US and coalition forces give these weapons, this ammunition, to terrorist organizations for free,”

Scientists plan huge European AI hub to compete with US

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Ron Paul Asks “What Will Weapons Inspectors Find In Syria… And Does It Matter?”:

A hasty decision to use force is foolish and dangerous. As Western journalists reporting from Douma are raising big questions about the official US story of the so-called gas attack, Trump’s inclination to shoot first and ask questions later may prove to be his downfall.

Army Building “Self-Aware” Squid-Like Robot That Can Be “3-D Printed” During Combat

Home Prices In 80% Of US Cities Grew 2x Faster Than Wages… And Then There Is San Francisco

Toronto Killer Van Attack Suspect Named As Alek Minassian

$1B Portfolio Manager: “Tesla Reminds Me of Enron”

How Mossad carries out assassinations

US-Backed Coalition Bombs Wedding in Yemen, Dozens Killed Including Bride

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Yemeni troops ambush Sudanese mercenary convoy in desert

Yemeni troops ambush Sudanese mercenary convoy in desert:

Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have killed dozens of Sudanese mercenaries hired by Saudi-the led coalition which is waging war against its war-torn neighbor.

According to Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network on Saturday, the Sudanese forces were killed as Yemeni forces ambushed their convoy in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

During the attack, large amounts of Saudi weaponry, including several tanks, was also destroyed.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis: US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen

US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen: Mattis:

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that Washington has been involved in managing Saudi Arabia’s brutal airstrikes in Yemen.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Mattis said the US military is “doing the planning” of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen.

“So this is a very dynamic sort of battlefield management,” he said.

Mattis also admitted that the US has been involved in mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes, claiming that the operation could help minimize civilian casualties in the war-torn country.

The Pentagon chief’s comments contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat engagement in the Saudi war on Yemen. The US has previously said that it provides intelligence and logistical support.

The White House also claims that its involvement has nothing to do with the civilian death toll in the Arab country.

H/t reader eric:

“This explains why the Saudi has had so many screw ups.”

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Video of Saudi Arabia’s not so “patriot” missiles, turning around and hitting Riyadh rather than #Yemen.

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Caught On Video: Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Another Saudi F-15 Fighter Over Yemen

Caught On Video: Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Another Saudi F-15 Fighter Over Yemen:

On March 21, the Houthi insurgency in Yemen, also known as the Houthi rebellion, reportedly shot down a Saudi Arabian McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, in the northwestern region of war-torn Yemen, cited Sputnik.

A source within the Yemeni air defenses told Saba News Agency that Houthi rebels launched a surface-to-air missile (SAM), and “managed to hit an F-15 aircraft belonging to the aggression [Saudi Arabia], carrying out criminal and hostile raids over the city of Saada.”

The source confirmed to Saba that Houthi rebels carried out “monitoring and targeting of the aircraft [F-15] with the latest defense technology developed locally successfully.”

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US CENTCOM Chief Comes Clean: General’s Three Stunning Admissions In The Mid-East

US CENTCOM Chief Comes Clean: General’s Three Stunning Admissions In The Mid-East:

Assad has won, Iran deal should stand and Saudis use American weapons without accountability in Yemen: head of U.S. military’s Central Command’s stunning Congressional testimony.

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Iran Blasts US, Britain, France for Massacre of Yemeni Women, Children

Iran Blasts US, Britain, France for Massacre of Yemeni Women, Children:

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed the US, Britain and France for escalating war in Yemen through their arms shipments and supports for the Saudi-led coalition, saying the three UN Security Council member states are responsible for the pains, sufferings and massacre of women and children in Yemen.

H/t reader Squodgy:

“Innocent lives.”

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Yemenis’ retaliatory attacks leave four Saudi soldiers dead

Yemenis’ retaliatory attacks leave four Saudi soldiers dead:

At least four Saudi soldiers have been killed after Yemeni forces launched a string of attacks against their military bases in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s aerial bombardment campaign.

An unnamed military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot the troopers in the al-Moannaq and al-Kars military bases in addition to al-Hamezah village.

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Yemen civil war: Saudi-led air strikes kill 68 civilians in one day, says UN

Yemen civil war: Saudi-led air strikes kill 68 civilians in one day, says UN

Latest attacks take total civilian death toll to 109 in past 10 days alone, prompting UN to lament ‘absurd and futile war’

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed 68 civilians in just one day, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has said, condemning such “indiscriminate” attacks in an “absurd and futile war”.

Strikes on two sites on 26 December took the total civilian death toll from air strikes in the last ten days to 109, in addition to 75 people who have been injured.

The UN accused the coalition of showing “complete disregard for human life” in an unusually direct criticism of the war in which the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, Britain and others, is fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

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Saudi Airstrikes Kill 48 Yemeni Civilians In 24 Hours

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 48 Yemeni Civilians In 24 Hours:

At least 48 Yemeni civilians have been killed by the Saudi Coalition in the last 24 hours, the Saba News Agency reported. “A total of 48 civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded in 51 airstrikes launched by US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition using internationally banned weapons on several Yemeni provinces over the past few hours, military and security officials told Saba on Sunday,” the news agency reported.

The Saudi airstrikes were primarily concentrated on the northern part of the country, where the Houthis currently control several provinces. In addition to northern Yemen, the Saudi airstrikes were also targeted the western part of the country, including the Hodeidah Port that was finally reopened after being blockaded for several weeks.

The death toll from airstrikes included the deaths four civilians reportedly attending a demonstration inside the Yemeni capital – the attack followed a large number of air raids conducted above Sana’a. According to Saba News Agency, the Saudi Coalition airstrikes not only killed four civilians, but also wounded dozens of others, including many women and children. The report added that the airstrikes were conducted during a solidarity vigil that was held in support of Palestine.

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While the US Obsesses Over Iran, Saudi Arabia Just Executed 10 Women in Yemen

And another one of those Saudi wedding precision strikes…

While the US Obsesses Over Iran, Saudi Arabia Just Executed 10 Women in Yemen:

Saudi Arabia – a country that now sits on the U.N. Women’s Rights Commission – just executed ten women in an aerial bombardment that appeared to target a wedding procession in Yemen.

According to Haaretz, a prominent Israeli newspaper, witnesses and health officials speaking on the condition of anonymity say an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition warplane struck a wedding east of Yemen’s capital on Sunday, killing ten women (possibly including the bride-to-be).

The officials said the Sunday airstrike targeted the women as they marched to a village in Maarib province.

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Saudi-led coalition air raids ‘kill 10 women’ in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition air raids ‘kill 10 women’ in Yemen:

At least eight women and two girls heading home from a wedding have been killed in an air attack in central-west Yemen, a health official has told Al Jazeera.

Saba news agency, aligned with Yemen’s Houthi group, cited a security source as saying that the women’s vehicle was struck by three Saudi-led coalition air raids late on Saturday.

The attack reportedly took place at around 11pm local time (20:00 GMT) in the Harib al-Qaramish district of the Marib governorate, east of the capital, Sanaa, where the wedding had taken place.

So far, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels has not commented on the alleged air attack.

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Greens warn about Australia’s joint exercise with Saudi navy near Yemen

Greens warn about Australia’s joint exercise with Saudi navy near Yemen:

Whish-Wilson says operation was planned rather than occurring ‘opportunistically’ as Marise Payne has described

A controversial Australian naval exercise conducted with Saudi Arabia’s navy in the midst of the blockade of Yemen may be the beginning of more joint exercises between the two militaries, the Greens have warned.

Documents relating to a joint training exercise conducted on 14 August linked to Operation Manitou, a longstanding joint military operation in the Middle East, show the exercise was planned rather than occurring “opportunistically”, as Australia’s defence minister had claimed, the Greens say.

The Royal Australian Navy held training exercises with its Saudi Arabian counterpart near where a Saudi-led coalition is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen – a move criticised by Human Rights Watch and other aid groups.

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US-Supplied Defense System Failed To Intercept Houthi Missile Attack On Saudi Capital

US-Supplied Defense System Failed To Intercept Houthi Missile Attack On Saudi Capital:

As part of the NYT investigation experts primarily examined the multiple videos and photos of missile debris locations and missile parts, and concluded that the Saudis couldn’t have intercepted the warhead, which further appears to have exploded on impact, something which wouldn’t have happened had the projectile been effectively intercepted.

The report continues:

Saudi officials said the debris, which appears to belong to a downed Burqan-2, showed a successful shootdown. But an analysis of the debris shows that the warhead components – the part of the missile that carries the explosives – were missing. The missing warhead signaled something important to the analysts: that the missile may have evaded Saudi defenses.

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Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed by Houthis

Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed by Houthis:

Source inside Saleh’s party claim Houthis ‘executed and maimed’ former president, while Houthis say he was killed in ambush outside capital.

(MEE) — The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed on Monday in a reported RPG and gun attack while trying to flee fierce fighting between his loyalists and his former allies the Houthis in the capital Sanaa.

Graphic video shared on social media showed the body of Saleh being carried in the back of a pick-up vehicle. The man had suffered a large head wound.

Yemen’s Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh Has Been Killed. H…

Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed. Here’s what we know so far:

Posted by Middle East Eye on Monday, December 4, 2017

A source from Saleh’s party, the GPC, told Middle East Eye that the Houthis had “executed” the former president and promised the battle against the movement would continue.

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