U.S. sold Patriot missile air defense systems apparently failed or were not in position to shoot down the Soviet-designed, early 1990s vintage weapon. In a sign that Russian GRU Tochka technicians may have been busy in both theaters, Tochka missiles have also has been used in recent days by the SAA/Hezbollah against jihadist held villages along the Turkish border.
The pro-Assad Lebanese Christian reporter Leith Fadel (@leithfadel) writes for Al-Masdar News:
The Yemeni Army and their popular committees launched a lethal missile strike on the Al-Anad Airbase in the Al-Lahij Governorate on Saturday, killing an estimated 200+ Blackwater mercenaries and Sudanese soldiers in the process. According to the Yemeni Army’s report, a Tochka missile was fired towards the Al-Anad Airbase by one the Republican Guard’s missile battalions; this missile strike caused severe damage to the base and to the equipment stored there. Apache helicopters, Typhoon fighter jets and armories belonging to the mercenaries were destroyed in the missile strike.
Al-Masdar News also reports that the Houthis and allied Yemeni Republican Guard forces were able to seize a town called Sharfa after routing a local Saudi garrison in the border province of Najran:
On Saturday morning inside the Najran Governorate of southern Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard forces – in close coordination with their popular committees and the Houthis – seized several military installations in the town of Sharfa after intense clashes with Saudi Royal Army. According to Al-Masdar’s Yemeni war correspondent Tony Toh (@TonyTohcy), as many 4 Saudi soldiers were killed and several armored vehicles were destroyed by the Yemeni Army and their popular committees this morning in the western countryside of Sharfa.
The Najran Governorate of Saudi Arabia has been the target of several attacks by the Yemeni Army and their popular committees as of recently; this is due to the province’s proximity to Yemen’s northern border.
The Saudi-led Coalition has suffered another devastating loss in southern Saudi Arabia after launching a wide-scale offensive at the city of Rabu’ah in the Asir Governorate. Aggravated over the loss of Jabal Al-Doud earlier this week, the Saudi Royal Army conducted a massive assault on the Yemeni Army’s defensive positions at this mountaintop outside of the city of Rabu’ah.
However, the Saudi assault did not go as planned, thanks in large part to the Houthis and the Yemeni Army, who refused to yield any territory to the Coalition forces. The Saudi forces were eventually forced to withdraw from Jabal Al-Doud and the city of Rabu’ah after the Houthis and the Yemeni Army killed 28 of their soldiers on Sunday.
The Houthis destruction of several U.S.-made armored vehicles last week was confirmed by fresh video evidence of an Abrams tank exploding with its ammunition cooking off following a Russian-made Konkurs anti-tank rocket strike, and an abandoned Bradley infantry fighting vehicle left behind by the Saudis.
The destruction of advanced British made Typhoon fighter bombers, multiple American built Apache attack helicopters and more deaths of Blackwater mercenaries from undisclosed Western or Latin American countries could increase the pressure on David Cameron's UK government over Britain's intelligence and logistics support for Saudi aggression in Yemen. Jeremy Corbyn, the much despised by Fleet Street British leftist Labour Party leader, might be the one along with Labour leftist back benchers to press Cameron for answers during this week's Prime Minister Question Time.
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), to which arch-globalist George Soros has been a donor in the past, is giving any Question Time MP critics of Britain's role in the Yemen war plenty of ammunition. HRW says on its website that the British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond is lying about Saudi war crimes in Yemen and Britain's role in assisting Riyadh in its military campaign. In particular, HRW is calling on the British to halt the transfer of bombs and rockets used to target civilian infrastructure like hospitals and schools in Yemen:
For months now, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has denied that violations of the laws of war are being committed by the UK’s ally, Saudi Arabia, through the Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign against the Houthis in Yemen. And he’s repeated these claims despite documentation from international human rights organizations - shared with the UK Foreign Office – detailing multiple cases of such violations. For example, Human Rights Watch has identified 36 unlawful airstrikes carried out by the coalition, and has gathered the names of least 500 civilians killed in those strikes.
But our research is now powerfully reinforced by a United Nations Panel of Experts reporton Yemen, the most comprehensive assessment so far of the conduct of the warring parties. The report flatly contradicts British ministers’ claims, and finds that the coalition has “conducted airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international humanitarian law,” including refugee camps, weddings, buses, residential areas, medical facilities, schools, mosques, markets, factories, an airport and a port.
Faced with this new, substantial and damning body of evidence, the UK government can no longer deny Saudi Arabia’s serious abuses in Yemen. A major shift in approach is needed.
This increasing criticism of David Cameron and his Foreign Office lying on the Saudis and the British arms industry's behalf could be yet another sign of Team RogueMoney, Dr. Joseph P. Farrell and Dr. Jim Willie's theory that Saudi Arabia is 'on the menu'. The dirt cheap crude (that Deutsche Bank recently claimed will fall to $9 a barrel, confirming the Guerrilla's pricing call of weeks ago) that was supposed to devastate the Russians and give global consumers a boost from cheap gasoline is unraveling Saudi and GCC Sunni power -- the same forces that Israeli hardliners and neoconservatives in Washington once counted on to wage proxy war against Assad, Iran and Russia.
Once a linchpin of the petrodollar system imposed after President Richard Nixon abandoned the gold standard in the early 1970s, the Saudi Kingdom is now teetering on the brink of a nationally demoralizing defeat at the hands of the poorest Arabs on the planet in Yemen; abandonment by its Israeli, Qatari and UAE Sunni Persian Gulf allies who are in talks with the Russians and Chinese to stabilize energy prices and settle the Saudi-Turkish fueled war in Syria; currency and capital controls to stanch the bleeding of the riyal amidst $12 to $20 billion a month deficits; and most urgently, a looming palace coup that could remove the 30-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his doddering father before the Saudi princes realize it's too late.