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20 September 2019

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turcopolier


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Al-Jazeera ran the same story today. IMO the Saudis were persuaded by pompom to ask for US assistance. The Saudis, though, are probably playing their own game with the Yemenis to get a cease fire. If they break an understanding with the Yemenis, the little guys in skirts will start shooting at big targets again.

Jack

TTG

It would be smart for MbS to take up the offer of Mehdi Mashat.

The Houthis can continue to upstage MbS and show how vulnerable Saudi infrastructure are to their “confounding” attacks. What if they take out a desalination plant or two next?

Is the Pentagon sending our soldiers to man the Saudi air defense systems? I find the bipartisan support of the Saudi royal family abhorrent considering their role in funding and fueling the jihadists as well as the fact that the majority of the terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi nationals.

Fred

Jack,

The Saudis don't have enough air defenses to guard every potential target regardless of who mans the equipment.

D

Al Masdar News is run by Ziad Fadel, a Syrian nationalist attorney in the US and a strong supporter of Assad's government. The paper supports secularism and the current government in Iraq, so Fadel is probably a Baathist. I know he is not particularly religious. He is extremely anti-Israel in a Baathist sense (he always says Zionists and never Jews). There also seems to be a focus on Hezbollah, Syria (of course), Iran, the Iraqi militias, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. More or less supporting the Shia Axis of Resistance in the Middle East.

He runs Syrian Perspective, an excellent site. His sources and reports are usually very good. He's not a liar like most of the Western press.

Johnb

The next drone/missile launch announced was to be targeted at the UAE as in Houti eyes MBZ has not fully followed through on the policy change he announced last month. A policy change that broke the coalition with the House of Saud and was to set in train a withdrawal from the conflict. What the Houti’s are upset about is the negligible withdrawal of mercenary forces from around Hodeida. They have suggested that without observable change a reminder would be sent. I imagine the Houti would be running two separate policies in respect of MBS & MBZ..

Donkeyoatey

The higher the tech, the more vulnerable to monkeywrenching. How hard is that to grasp? Arthur C Clarke put it very well in his story "Superiority"

Donkeyoatey

Or as the IRA said to the Brits back during the troubles "we need to be lucky ONCE, you need to be lucky ALWAYS."

Barbara Ann

If I were MbS and I'd just had my ass handed to me by a bunch of uncouth hill people I'd want to keep talk of capitulation in my proxy war on the down low. The Houthis clearly have the Kingdom by the balls and it would not surprise me if MbS has been on the phone to Trump begging him *not* to escalate, lest the Houthis and Iran unleash destruction on even more critical parts of the exposed Saudi infrastructure. No amount of bread & circuses can distract from raging thirst.

It has been said that Trump wants his own Nobel peace prize. I'd suggest that now is the time for him to start earning it.

The Beaver

Colonel

In the meantime , al-Sisi is experiencing a hot potato during his absence. Protests in Egypt last night.

DH

Ah, the leveling effects of technology. The right to bear arms, indeed.

Vig

little guys in skirts

Reminds me of the rumor, if the Scots actually wear underware beneath their kilts.

Bill H

If this is true, and I strongly suspect it is, then quite a few highly placed people in this country should be highly embarrassed. Should be, but won't. Being publicly and astonishingly wrong has never embarrassed them in the past. They make careers out of being wrong.

Fred

Beaver,
So climate change protests were just cover for another color revolution. I wonder which NGOs were involved this time?

Kilo 4/11

"if the Scots actually wear underware beneath their kilts."

It used to said that he who would inquire of a Scotsman about that risked death.

Nowadays you'd probably just get a giggle.

oldman22

I know nothing of Al Masdar, not competent to critique it.
But there is nothing in Al J about Saudi seeking an end to war on Yemen. Al J reports that Yemen has said it has stopped attacking Saudi. Today Al J reports
quote
Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh will take the appropriate steps if, as expected, its investigation confirms that Iran is responsible for the attacks.

"The kingdom will take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability," Jubeir told a news conference, declining to speculate about specific actions.

"We are certain that the launch did not come from Yemen, it came from the north. The investigations will prove that."
endquote

D

With the Saudis now knowing that their purchase of expensive empire(USA) built high tech equipment not going to protect them, called Putin to maybe make an S400 purchase to keep themselves in the quality of life they are accustomed to. The Russians are filling the ME gap with diplomacy and downright common sense in dealing with the highly explosive situations there. Sergei Lavrov, runs circles against any US appointed opposite. Quite telling is it not, technology used by so called illiterate sand people are bringing a US stooge nation to their knees. Shame on the western nations involved in the rape of Yemen and their citizens. The Houtis and Yemen deserve full capitulation of the Saudis, moral and financially.

Babak Makkinejad

I do not think any country in the world has sufficient air defense to pre ent or to retard aerial attacks against critical infrastructures. Does France? UK? China? US?

Babak Makkinejad

Iranian press actually made your point: Europeans are full of condemnations when an oil installation is attcked, silent when Yemenis are killed and starved.

Jack

Where are the Iranian press when millions of Uigyurs are in concentration camps? Or the Hui and Tibetan people’s culture are systematically eradicated by the totalitarian CCP? Hypocrisy is everywhere.

The world should not be silent while genocide in Yemen takes place. Neither should they be silent on the treatment of Uighurs, Hui and Tibetans.

MC

Looking at the pictures of missile/drone fragments there is lettering in English. If these where Iranian produced, wouldn't the lettering be in there own language.

Side note, Persians are tough customers, I wouldn't f*** with them.

MC

Why is there English lettering on Iranian produced missle/drone fragments?

turcopolier

MC

Some of the parts/materials were probably bought on the international market.

different clue

Were the protests in Egypt ( involving a whole few-hundred people) climate change protests? Is there any information to indicate that they were?

different clue

The way for him to get a start on earning it is to cancel all the fresh sanctions he has imposed on Iran and take the US back into the JCPOA. He can sell the return any way he wants to. He is, after all, a Master of Bullshitology.

MC

So the Houthi or any number of other actors can put one these together? The big question discussed here previously is the guidance systems and the necessary sophistication, do the Houthi have it?

PL, what odds to you give on Trump doing something stupid? Does he understand the concept of "blow back?"

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