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?

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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.

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Bloodless Purge in Saudi Arabia, Yemenis Fire Another Missile at Riyadh

Bloodless Purge in Saudi Arabia, Yemenis Fire Another Missile at Riyadh

A bloodless purge or coup is underway in Saudi Arabia, where Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (abbreviated by the initials MBS) and his ailing monarch father have ordered the house arrests of numerous royals. Among those reported arrested is a prominent critic of President Donald J. Trump, frequent CNBC guest and Citigroup tied financier Al-Waleed bin Talal. The Saudi billionaire is reportedly the second largest share holder in Twitter, which may go a long way (besides graphic content labeling) in explaining why tweets, hash tags and videos depicting ambushes of Saudi soldiers by Houthi tribesmen or Yemeni missile launches tend to get moved down in the micro-blogging platform's search results.

As if to underscore a major motivation for this power move by MBS -- the Kingdom's nearly three year old military debacle in Yemen -- Houthis fired at least one ballistic missile at Riyadh. Saudi media claimed the incoming missile was intercepted by U.S. supplied Patriot batteries, scattering rocket parts harmlessly across the desert outskirts of the Saudi capitol. Dramatic amateur footage showed the Patriots streaking into night skies and accompanying sonic booms, but also a cloud of black smoke rising near Riyadh's main international airport.

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Yemen's Foreign Minister Sends Message of Gratitude to Helga and the LaRouche Movement

Yemen's Foreign Minister Sends Message of Gratitude to Helga and the LaRouche Movement

The Saudi war of aggression against Yemen has dragged on for over two and a half years, claiming thousands of innocent lives and placing millions on the brink of starvation. In addition to fueling hatred for American foreign policy due to the U.S. and British government's major logistical and intelligence support for the Saudis blockade and bombing of civilian areas, the conflict is also blocking the inclusion of what had been the poorest country in the Arab world into the One Belt One Road (OBOR)/Maritime New Silk Road connected to nearby East Africa and the expanded Suez Canal.

The following is an open letter from Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf to Helga Zepp LaRouche, thanking her for the LaRouche movement's solidarity with the suffering Yemeni people and advocacy for their human rights to live and develop. -- JWS

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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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Dina Powell, H.R. McMaster and the Neocon/Saudi Lobby Co-opting Team Trump

Dina Powell, H.R. McMaster and the Neocon/Saudi Lobby Co-opting Team Trump

TeamRM’s BanksterSlayer has shined a spotlight on newly appointed Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Habib Powell’s history with the Bush 43 Administration and Goldman Sachs. Now Mike Cernovich, the independent journalist, author and film maker who broke the story of then Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s unmasking the identities of Trump advisers whose communications were ‘incidentally’ caught up in NSA wiretaps, has a new scoop.

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Yemen: USS Maddox, Er, USS Mason -- Did Yemenis Really Fire Missiles at the US Navy? Plus Diego Garcia Rumors

Yemen: USS Maddox, Er, USS Mason -- Did Yemenis Really Fire Missiles at the US Navy? Plus Diego Garcia Rumors

While President Barack Hussein Obama convened a 'war cabinet' to discuss the fading prospect of the lame duck Commander in Chief ordering strikes against Russian-defended Assad government troops on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden (father to the 'ex' cocaine addict Burisma Holdings in Ukraine executive Hunter Biden) and the CIA declared a cyberwar against Russia in the press. The U.S. Department of Defense meanwhile, launched Tomahawk cruise missiles with Obama's authorization at alleged Yemeni radar sites that were used in missile attacks against a UAE military transport and the guided missile destroyer, the USS Mason.

The only problem with the stated rationale for now direct U.S. intervention in Yemen? The Saleh loyalist Yemenis and the Houthis insist the attempted missile strikes on the USS Mason never happened, and the Americans made the incident up to justify intervening on behalf of their failing Saudi allies. Was the incident in which the Navy says at least two anti-ship missiles fell into the sea real, or was it a false flag/faked attack like the infamous 'North Vietnamese gun boat assaults on the USS Maddox' that led to 1964's Gulf of Tonkin resolution?

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After Turkey's Failed Putsch, Is Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed the Next in Line to Get Coup'd Over the Disastrous War in Yemen?

After Turkey's Failed Putsch, Is Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed the Next in Line to Get Coup'd Over the Disastrous War in Yemen?

Even if we set aside Washington's ongoing pants-ing at the hands of the despotic neo-Ottoman Sultan who accuses the Americans of being behind Friday's coup, or ignore the fact that D.C.'s 'moderate rebel' proxies are being crushed in east Aleppo, there's another turd in the Mideast hummus bowl as the Guerrilla Economist would say: Yemen. Namely, Saudi Arabia's losing war against Saleh loyalist and Houthi tribesmen that has gone beyond a mere debacle to become a potentially existential threat to the continued reign if not survival of certain haughty princes, led by the 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

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