The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

With the global media’s eyes will be fixed Monday on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at Helsinki, Finland, Syria is expected to be the main topic of negotiations between the world’s two leading military powers. Israeli media in particular have extensively covered a prospective bargain between Putin and Trump, whereby invited Iranian forces withdraw from Syria in return for the U.S. pulling its troops out of its uninvited and thereby illegal under international law bases east of the Euphrates River. Some Israelis, affiliated with the neocons, having bitterly denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly placing naive trust in Putin’s word, while foreign policy realists have pointed out the Russian leader cannot make the Iranians leave Syria — even if he wanted to do so.

However, as RogueMoney readers are aware, there is another conflict besides the proxy war with Iran in Syria, that petrodollar linchpin Saudi Arabia has been losing since 2015. This one is much closer to home and therefore more dangerous to the Saudi monarchy than losing influence in the Levant. The defection of a prince from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Qatar, Riyadh’s gas-rich Sunni rival, has shined a spotlight on the Emiratis casualties in the Yemen War, and serious dissension inside the Emirates ruling houses regarding the Saudi-led coalition’s quagmire.

Since the Saudis broke off diplomatic relations with Doha in June 2017, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel has relentlessly covered the staggering humanitarian costs of the Saudis war on Yemen, as well as the Kingdom’s covered up combat deaths which Western media outlets, fearing expulsion from the country, fail to cover. On Sunday, Putin handed Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani a ceremonial FIFA soccer ball symbolizing Qatar’s 2022 hosting of the World Cup.

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Chinese Leverage to Kill the Petrodollar by Dr. Jim Willie the Golden Jackass

Chinese Leverage to Kill the Petrodollar by Dr. Jim Willie the Golden Jackass

Legacy media are full of reports about infighting on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, with White House NatSec Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster reportedly purging individuals brought in by his predecessor former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael T. Flynn. In addition to the U.S. occupation in Afghanistan going on 17 years, the President is unhappy about the inability of the NSC to stop leaking by the minute or produce any strategies for 'winning' in the Middle East.

As RogueMoney's mentor W the Intel Insider and contributors and the Russian Analyst have all reported, Saudi Arabia is bogged down in a disastrous war with its poorest neighbor, Yemen. Neocons avoid the subject of Saudi losses because they don't want the ignorant legacy media to know that the proxy wars they promoted can cut both ways. For Iran, the conflict presents an opportunity to avenge the deaths of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria by helping arm the Houthis -- who are killing dozens of Saudi soldiers and border guards every week -- all without evidence of a single IRGC man setting foot in Yemen in two years of guerrilla warfare.

The hidden purpose of the 2015 Saudi intervention according to RM contributors The Prince and London Paul was to seize untapped Yemeni oil and gas reserves to make up for the Kingdom's depleted supergiant fields like Ghawar, as well as elbow aside rival United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the strategic Aden area at the mouth of the Red Sea, which is the gateway to the Suez Canal and China's Maritime Silk Road (the PRC recently boasting about its 'anti-piracy' base in nearby Djibouti). As W the Intelligence Insider reports the Yemen War is all about keeping the Saudis on board with the petrodollar deal hammered out by Rockefeller agent Henry Kissinger in the early 1970s, but defeats at the hands of the Yemenis as well as by proxy in Syria are forcing the desperate Saudi princes to turn east for regime survival... -- JWS

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Legacy Media Covering Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen, As Saudis Can No Longer Hide Defeats, Houthi Missile Strikes

Legacy Media Covering Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen, As Saudis Can No Longer Hide Defeats, Houthi Missile Strikes

"Houthi-Saleh alliance forces have launched a large offensive inside the Saudi territory and captured the Malhama Mountain, points at Faridah and Jabiri, and the al-Jabri Military Camp in Jizan. According to pro-Houthi sources, dozen of Saudi military servicemen have been killed as a result of the clashes and artillery shelling."

"Separately, Houthi-Saleh forces have targted a warship belonging to the UAE Navy with a missile near the Yemeni port of Mocha. However, it is not clear what damage was caused by the missile."  -- Southfront July 29, 2017

The scale of the humanitarian nightmare the Saudis war on Yemen is creating was the subject of a recently broadcast report by the PBS documentary program Frontline. That report aired days before the Saudis claimed to have shot down a Yemeni ballistic missile near the holy city of Mecca -- a claim disputed by the Houthis. What's clear is that international pressure on the Saudis to stop their vicious blockade of the poorest country in the Arab world is rising, along with missile strikes and guerrilla raids by the Houthis against Saudi territory.

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Syraq SITREP 17: SAA Links Up With Iraqis, as U.S. Backs Off Amid Saudi-Qatar Standoff

Syraq SITREP 17: SAA Links Up With Iraqis, as U.S. Backs Off Amid Saudi-Qatar Standoff

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its Iraqi PMU partners achieved a major victory last week, capping off a month of anti-ISIS operations that have reclaimed a Lebanon-sized chunk of territory from the terrorists on both sides of the Syraq border. The linkup of Syrian Army troops and pro-Damascus militias with friendly Iraqi Shi’a forces came after weeks of U.S. bombing attacks designed to harass and intimidate the Syrians from accomplishing this strategic objective. The Syrians, backed by the Russian air force and advisers, were undeterred from moving ahead and daring the Americans to use their own troops to stop them. Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration backed down.

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While Trump Visits Saudi Arabia, Houthis Continue Attacks on Saudi Forces

While Trump Visits Saudi Arabia, Houthis Continue Attacks on Saudi Forces

On Sunday President Donald J. Trump gave a historic speech in front of his Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) hosts, declaring that the U.S. was not against Islam nor seeking to impose the American values on other nations, while calling on Muslims to unite against the scourge of terrorism. While the legacy media focused on Trump, first lady Melania’s demure non-form fitting black pantsuit or lack of a headscarve, or the massive arms and infrastructure deals announced with the pomp and ceremony of a bigly visit to Riyadh, numerous issues lurked behind the scenes. Including questions of persistent low oil prices drastically curtailing the Saudis ambitions to reinvent their country’s hydrocarbon based economy and the obsession with rival Iran fueling a military quagmire in Yemen.

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MSM Trick Zerohedge, Drudge with Joint Russia-Iran 'Red Line' Statement

Peter Lavelle, Alexander Mercouris and the team at The Duran have denounced as fake a report circulated by Reuters, the UK Sunday Express and The Independent, as well as Israel's Haaretz newspaper stating that Russia and Iran had issued a joint communique after Friday's Tomahawk missile strike threatening retaliation for further U.S. aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Battle of Syraq SITREP 9: The Sultan Backs Down, Aleppo Jihadists Seeking Negotiated Surrender

Battle of Syraq SITREP 9: The Sultan Backs Down, Aleppo Jihadists Seeking Negotiated Surrender

Surprise! After blustering that Turkish armed forces entered Syria to topple 'the tyrant Assad', the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has backed off under pressure from Russia. As RT.com reports

“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation [in northern Syria] is not any country or person, but only terrorist organizations,”Erdogan said Thursday, as quoted by the Hurryiet Daily News.

“No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to derail it,” he added.

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Trump and (Elections Have) Consequences

Trump and (Elections Have) Consequences

Elections have consequences, at least that's what we heard when President-elect Barack Hussein Obama said 'I won' after his victories in 2008 and 2012. But apparently for Trump loyalists to say the same thing to a #NeverTrump er who smeared them as incompetent loons for months should elicit pearl-clutching. After losing the online meme wars to a bunch of guys supposedly living in their mothers' basements tweeting out frogs, after their candidates for the GOP nomination and their drugged/drunken war/glue horse of a Democratic nominee were all rejected, these people STILL don't get it?

I'm referring of course, to Project for a New American Century (PNAC) (what's a neocon?) Eliot A. Cohen's piece in the Amazon.com billionaire/Kaplan SAT prep subsidized and rapidly declining Establishment mouthpiece known as The Washington Post. In which the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies professor advised his conservative students not to take his prior advice to serve in a Trump Administration because -- get this -- special snowflake Cohen got his feels hurt in an email exchange. How very much like the safe space seeking campus social justice warriors these fake conservatives love to mock. As we warned U.S. Naval (Twitter) War College Prof. Tom Nichols, who eagerly re-tweeted Prof. Cohen's rant about 'Trumpkins' informing he and his fellow neocons that they lost the election...when you mock the priorities of ordinary Americans, some of them mock your sacred cows (perpetual Cold War 2 against Russia if not hot war in Syria on behalf of 'moderate jihadists') right back.

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