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.

Read More

‘Stop Genocide: Peace and Development for Yemen!’

‘Stop Genocide: Peace and Development for Yemen!’

The battle for Hodeidah has reached a critical phase this week, as outnumbered Houthi defenders of the city are inflicting heavy losses on Saudi and UAE troops and southern Yemeni mercenaries. Most importantly, the Red Sea port represents a vital lifeline to the world for humanitarian aid to reach Houthi controlled areas including the capital Sanaa, the highway to which has been almost cut off by Saudi/UAE coalition attacks and air strikes. The fighting must stop so vital supplies, food and medicines can reach starving Yemenis.

From the start of the Yemen War in 2015, the LaRouche Movement and International Schiller Institute have advocated for an immediate end to the hostilities followed by a major reconstruction program to integrate the poorest nation in the Arab world and its neighbors into the Maritime and New Silk Roads.

Team RogueMoney is honored to assist these peace promotion efforts in every way possible. — JWS

Read More

Houthis Claim to Have Captured French Special Forces Joining in Saudi/UAE Attack on Yemen's Red Sea Port of Hudaydah

Houthis Claim to Have Captured French Special Forces Joining in Saudi/UAE Attack on Yemen's Red Sea Port of Hudaydah

Al-Hudaydah also known in English as Hodeda, Hodeida, Hudaida or Hodeidah, is a port on the Red Sea and starving Yemen’s humanitarian lifeline to the world. It is also alleged to be a major conduit for Iranian missiles and ammunition to reach the Ansarallah or Houthis, the Zaidi Shi’a resistance that rules the capitol of Sana'a. The Ansarallah are fierce qat-chewing desert warriors, whose conservative Zaidi or ‘fiver’ branch of Shi’a Islam differs considerably from that of their Lebanese Hezbollah allies or the ‘twelver’ Shi’a practiced by their supposed puppetmasters in Iran. Nonetheless they have adapted the Iranian clerical regime’s revolutionary slogans of ‘Allah is great, death to America, death to Israel, victory for Islam’ adding to their slogan ‘a curse upon the Jews’.

For three years, the Houthis have waged an effective guerrilla war, inflicting thousands of casualties on Saudi Arabia’s lavishly funded and incompetent military since the Kingdom invaded its impoverished neighbor in 2015. If you believe that the petrodollar is the key to America’s ability to finance its massive deficits, then the Houthis are to the Anglo-American empire what the Afghan mujaheddin were to the late Soviet Empire — harbingers of its defeat and collapse.

Photo: Destroyed UAE MRAPs in Yemen

Read More

Saudis Admit Over 1,000 Killed in Action in Yemen War as Kingdom-led Coalition Besieges Hodeida Port on the Red Sea

Saudis Admit Over 1,000 Killed in Action in Yemen War as Kingdom-led Coalition Besieges Hodeida Port on the Red Sea

While the conflict in Syria appears to be winding down amidst talks between the Americans and Israelis on one side and the Russian/Turkish/Iranian victors on the other, the war in Yemen appears far from over. In the past week, the Saudi Kingdom has issued photos of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to dispel rumors of MBS’ demise or severe injury in a palace putsch weeks earlier, when gunfire filmed by Saudi subjects on their smartphones echoed in Riyadh. The Saudis told the media palace guards had opened fire in response to a recreational drone that had been considered a threat, and that MBS father King Salman was not at home when the shooting happened in April.

Nonetheless, despite the Crown Prince attending a WWE match in Jeddah (complete with Iranian American ‘heels’ drawing boos from the Saudi spectators) and other public appearances since the palace drone incident, rumors persist that MBS is facing not just external enemies like the Houthis, who launch missiles at the Kingdom and kill its soldiers in brazen cross border raids, but fierce internal opposition from his own extended clan. Another shooting incident caught on video and posted to social media around May 30, this time filmed at a Saudi National Guard base in Taif near Mecca, will only add to the speculation that the House of Saud is a house divided.

Read More

Syraq SITREP 54: No Way to Swerve and Avoid Head On Mideast Collision?

Syraq SITREP 54: No Way to Swerve and Avoid Head On Mideast Collision?

There has been a lull in the hostilities between Israel and Syria since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Victory Day holiday in Moscow. But this post-May 9 period should not be mistaken for an imminent outbreak of peace. A false alarm about an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) led to a missile launch from a battery of Israel’s Iron Dome system, suggesting the Israelis are very concerned about enemy drones. Notwithstanding Putin and Netanyahu generally agreeing that all non-Russian foreign forces must leave Syria, or Putin reiterating this principal after hosting President Bashir Al-Assad in Sochi.

As Damascus based correspondent Elijah J. Magnier writes, there are no signs the Americans and their French allies or the Turks are leaving the Syrian territory they illegally occupy any time soon. The Trump Administration did cut off aid to the jihadist held territories of Syria, and also areas controlled by the Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This will make the Kurds more dependent on the U.S. military presence for survival (unless they reconcile with Damascus), while the jihadis, plagued by infighting across Idlib province, will become further dependent on the irredentist Turks for their salaries and food. Meanwhile, Syrian Arab Army (SAA)’s victories this week over the remaining ISIS remnants in southern Damascus and the Rastan pocket freed up more troops for operations in rural Idlib, and possibly against Israel’s illegal jihadi-manned ‘buffer zone’ in southern Syria. Another flash point is being created along the Golan Heights at the same time that political flares in Washington are being tossed into the rising oil price barrel fueled by the Israel/Saudi vs. Syria/Hezbollah/Iran conflict’s potential to explode.

Read More

Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

The situation in the Levant appears to be spiraling downward toward full scale war between Iran’s Syrian and Hezbollah allies and Israel. Tel Aviv has cited an Iranian military presence in the war-torn nation as a pretext to launch continuous attacks. Not only Israel’s Air Force but the Iron Dome defense system and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) artillery were engaged after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retaliated for multiple IAF strikes inside Syria last week.

The clashes initiated from the Israeli side, which the ‘international community’ aka the NATO/Gulf Arab states bloc blamed on Iran, came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Day ‘Immortal Regiment’ march alongside Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The symbolism of a Russian leader jointly commemorating the Soviet victory over the Nazis with the PM of the Jewish State was not lost on anyone, especially after a report in Izvestia that no S300 missile systems would be delivered to the Syrians (though this report did not rule out that the systems have been covertly shipped to the Russian base at Kheimmim for safe storage from IAF missiles next to Russian troops).

What quid pro quo between the two world leaders led to this controversial Kremlin decision was the subject of widespread speculation among Russia watchers and academics with an interest in the complex Moscow-Tel Aviv relationship. A bilateral engagement tested by being on opposite sides of the Syria War, yet (as we wrote back in late 2015) bound by shared interests in eastern Mediterranean pipeline gas, Jewish Russian re-pats returning from Israel to Moscow, and the Russian Orthodox Church’s historic role in the Holy Land. Due to the late and post Soviet emigration, after the three official languages of Hebrew, Arabic and English, Russian is Israel’s unofficial fourth language.

Photo of Syrian SAMs streaking across the Damascus skies, May 10, 2018 by 24 Resistance Axis

Read More

U.S. Troops Directly Involved on Ground in Saudis Losing War in Yemen

U.S. Troops Directly Involved on Ground in Saudis Losing War in Yemen

Last week The New York Times confirmed what those of us in the alternative or new media already knew: that American troops have engaged in combat missions against the Ansar Allah or Houthis resistance in Yemen. “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam" is the Houthis battlefield slogan, heard in countless videos posted online of the Zaidi Shi’a militants destroying Saudi armor and block posts.

Direct contributions to a humanitarian catastrophe in what was already before this war the poorest country in the Arab world, have undermined Washington and London’s claims to hold the moral high ground over the Assad government in Syria. The British government is facing a lawsuit from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) over its deep involvement not just in providing but servicing arms at Saudi air bases. The threat to Saudi bases and the Anglo-American contractors working at them from the Houthis increasingly sophisticated drones and ballistic missile bombardments is leading the Trump Administration to provide American troops in a direct combat role. According to the NYT, the Houthis underground missile storage and production facilities are the highest priority target for special operations raids. But what happens when the Houthis who’ve certainly watched Black Hawk Down set a trap using dummy inflatable rockets as bait? Or how will the Trump Administration respond if Iran takes vengeance for its personnel bombed by Israel in Syria by helping the Houthis launch suicide boat or infiltrator attacks against American and UAE forces based at Socotra Island, near the strategic Bab al Mandeb strait?

Read More

Saudi Patriot Missile Fail as Houthi Rocket Strikes Riyadh, Rumors of Bolton's Big War with Hezbollah and Iran

Saudi Patriot Missile Fail as Houthi Rocket Strikes Riyadh, Rumors of Bolton's Big War with Hezbollah and Iran

On the night of Sunday March 26, 2018 a Houthi ballistic missile targeted at Riyadh appeared in the skies over the Saudi capital. What happened next is still being reported, but it appears a U.S.-built Patriot missile launched to intercept the incoming Yemeni rocket around midnight local time careened into the ground, perhaps striking an apartment block. The Patriot fail was captured on amateur video as sonic booms echoed through the streets. Riyadh has said one man was killed and two people were injured by falling debris from the allegedly intercepted Houthi rockets (perhaps it was death by Patriot), with other Yemeni missiles fired overnight at the southern Saudi Kingdom cities of Najran, Jizan and Khamis Mushait. 

The Drive reports that "Yemen's SABA News agency claims the missile fired at Riyadh was indeed a Burkan H2 belonging to Houthi rebels, the same type fired at Riyadh International Airport back in November." Burkan means 'volcano' and is a longer range derivative of the SCUD missile, similar to the rockets Saddam Hussein launched at Saudi Arabia and Israel during the first Gulf War. The Yemeni missile strikes retaliating for Saudi aggression against the poorest country in the Arab world comes hours after Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman toured the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Boston, and is clearly a calculated slap by the Houthis at 'MBS' and his American/Israeli allies. The Associated Press also reported Monday morning that roadside bombs disguised as rocks found in Yemen appear similar to those used by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Read More