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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‘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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Syraq SITREP 29: Ru MoD Says Drone Swarm Attack on Kheimmim Was State Sponsored, Asks Why US Navy Surveillance Plane Loitered Off the Syrian Coast During Attacks

Syraq SITREP 29: Ru MoD Says Drone Swarm Attack on Kheimmim Was State Sponsored, Asks Why US Navy Surveillance Plane Loitered Off the Syrian Coast During Attacks

On January 9, 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry all but accused Washington or an unnamed U.S. ally in the southeastern Mediterranean of sponsoring a 'home made DIY' drone attack on the Kheimmim Air Base. After the 2017 dismantling of ISIS pseudo-caliphate, when it seemed U.S.-Russia tensions might be easing in Syria, the 'shelling' attacks using low flying drones dropping mortar rounds on the Russian bases near Latakia and Tartus were clearly intended to tarnish the prestige of Russia's victorious military and put pressure on the Kremlin before the March national elections. A 'Free Allawite Army' which almost certainly does not exist in the Latakia coastal heartland of President Assad's sect claimed credit for the drone attacks.

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Syraq SITREP 28: Attacks on Russia's Kheimmim Air Base, Iran Likely to Increase Support for Houthis as Payback for CIA Sponsored Unrest

Syraq SITREP 28: Attacks on Russia's Kheimmim Air Base, Iran Likely to Increase Support for Houthis as Payback for CIA Sponsored Unrest

On New Year's Eve jihadists launch a surprise mortar attack on Kheimmim air base outside Latakia, taking advantage of Russian servicemen's festive holiday mood. No group has claimed responsibility or released video footage of the attack, likely launched using 'shoot and scoot' tactics from a mortar mounted on a pickup truck to avoid counter-mortar fire. Nonetheless, a follow on attack on the base timed for Saturday's Orthodox Christmas eve a week later using multiple armed mini-drones that were shot down by Pantsirs or other base air defenses strongly suggests state sponsorship and intelligence support for the attacks.

At least two Russian servicemen are reportedly dead from the initial mortar assault and multiple aircraft were said to be damaged -- though only pictures of a SU24 bomber number 29 (filmed previously operating at the base by RT camera crews) have emerged on the Russian social media network VKontakte (see above). The damage irreparable or not to six Su-24s; one Su-35S; one An-72; one An-30 spy plane; and one Mi-8 helicopter the BBC claimed, citing Russian journalist Roman Saponkov's VK post, could not be confirmed.

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Helga Zepp LaRouche on Ending the War in Yemen and the OBOR for Mideast Peace

Helga Zepp LaRouche on Ending the War in Yemen and the OBOR for Mideast Peace

The democidal war against Yemen waged by a Saudi Kingdom in socioeconomic turmoil is slowly receiving the press coverage it deserves, after nearly two years of being downplayed -- along with the Kingdom's covered up casualties. This week American economist and philosopher Lyndon LaRouche's German-born wife Helga Zepp LaRouche recorded a short video about LaRouchePAC's efforts to end this cruel war and open the Middle East up to the One Belt One Road/New Paradigm.

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall came down, ending decades of confrontation and opening up a world of possibilities between Washington and Moscow -- yet the globalists and geopoliticians seek a second Cold War to nullify the promise of those years, of peace and prosperity 'from Vancouver to Vladivostok'. In addition to peace in the Ukraine, the outsider-provoked Sunni-Shia hot war in the Mideast spearheaded by the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran must also come to an end, as the human toll is horrendous and a looming second Israel-Hezbollah War would spread even more devastation beyond 'Syraq' and Yemen.

Helga Zepp LaRouche's podcast is available every Thursday released at Noon EST/9 a.m. PST at the New Paradigm Schiller Institute website.

-- JWS

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Is a False Flag Event Being Prepared In The Middle East?

Is a False Flag Event Being Prepared In The Middle East?

Recent developments in the Middle East with respect to the purge of Saudi officials will continue to grab the headlines. Last Saturday, King Salman issued a royal decree establishing a new anti-corruption committee and duly appointed his son, Mohammed Bin Sultan, as its chairman. What followed was the immediate arrest and detainment of eleven princes, senior government officials and prominent businessmen.

However, from my perspective this is largely somewhat of a distraction from a series of events unfolding. Already it has the hallmarks of being a catalyst for an upcoming event which could have devastating consequences in the Middle East.

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Saudis Escalate Against Iran

Saudis Escalate Against Iran

Nov. 6, 2017 (EIRNS)—Events in and around Saudi Arabia over the past 48 hours show a Saudi escalation against Iran, adding further conflict to the region. The immediate focus was a Houthi missile fired towards Riyadh on Saturday night (Nov. 4) which was reportedly successfully intercepted by Saudi air defenses. The Saudis responded by blaming Iran.

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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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Sponsors of House Resolution Against U.S. Role in Saudi War: ‘Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen!’

Sponsors of House Resolution Against U.S. Role in Saudi War: ‘Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen!’

Oct. 11, 2017 (EIRNS)—In an opinion piece published in the Oct. 10 The New York Times, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) denounced the United States’ role in providing arms and warplanes to Saudi Arabia in the latter’s genocidal war against Yemen, and urge support for their bipartisan resolution, H.Con. Res 81, which would halt this action. The names of the bill’s other two co-sponsors, Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), don’t appear on the op-ed.

The authors argue that the Congress hasn’t authorized such U.S. military assistance to the Saudis, and thus it constitutes a violation of the Constitution. They warn that by providing missiles, assisting in selecting aerial bombing targets, and providing midair refueling for Saudi and United Arab Emirates jets, the United States is complicit in thousands of Yemeni deaths from indiscriminate airstrikes, as well as the "horrifying" starvation of millions.

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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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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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