Houthis annihilate three Saudi brigades

The Saudis, western media and governments all tried to tell us how the Houthis weren't sophisticated enough to carry out the drone/missile attack a few weeks back, despite headlines like these in May.

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The Houthis have since raised it to another level.
In a three day battle the Houthis invaded and occupied more than 350 kilometers of Saudi territory, while destroying three Saudi brigades.

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Sunday broadcast footage they said was of a major attack on Saudi Arabia in August that killed or wounded 500 soldiers with thousands of others surrendering.

Yahya Saree, a Houthi military spokesman, described an ambush on the Saudi forces that then developed into an "all-out" cross-border offensive that trapped the troops inside Saudi Arabia.

"More than 200 were killed in dozens of [missile and drone] strikes while trying to escape or surrender," Saree said.
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Catherine Shakdam from the Next Century Foundation told Al Jazeera there was no reason to doubt what the Houthis are saying.

"The video and images coming through are actually affirming the statement. It's a pivotal point in this war that now Yemeni are moving on Saudi land. It's quite interesting to see with all the talk of a grand Saudi coalition that Saudi is very much alone in this fight," Shakdam said.

The Houthi offensive was actually carefully planned and coordinated.
The Saudi troops were lured into the killing zone.
As the trap was sprung, Yemeni rocket artillery targeting Jizan airport, denying the possibility of air support for the encircled troops. The Houthis also hit the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh targeting Apache helicopters, and nearby military bases so as disrupt the chain of command.

When the Saudis first invaded Yemen in 2015, it was thought that the war would only last a few months. The Saudi military budget is almost 90 billion dollars a year, and it has the most advanced U.S.-made weapons.

Yemen has turned into Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam. Ditto for the UAE. The two countries have sunk billions of dollars and countless troops and mercenaries into what has become a quagmire of catastrophic proportions.

A nation with one of the largest military budgets is a) incapable of defeating one of the poorest nations on the planet, b) is incapable of defending its own borders, and c) is incapable of protecting its critical infrastructure.

This is a big deal.

Not just to the Saudis, but to the U.S. as well.
Washington not only backs a totalitarian government that funds anti-American terrorist groups while committing genocide. Washington is also standing behind a government in the process of losing a war just as it has antagonized many of its neighbors, meaning that we are standing on the wrong side of a power struggle.

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Saudi and Emirati leaders would do well to learn from Yemen’s 2,000-year history of draining the blood and coffers of imperial and lesser powers. The Yemenis defeated the Romans, the Ottoman Turks twice, and evicted the British in 1967. They also defeated the Egyptians who invaded in 1962. Much like the U.S. in Vietnam more than 40 years ago and more recently in Afghanistan, the goliath invaders are fighting a war of attrition, bleeding their resources, and losing whatever moral and political authority they might have had in the process.

the Saudi coaltion breaks

The Yemeni government, which Riyadh is backing, is headquartered in the southern port city of Aden and is practically operating from Saudi Arabia where the Yemeni President is residing. Aden was captured by southern separatists, who were part of the Saudi coalition, last month. The separatists are backed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia’s partner. Late last month, Emirati warplanes carried out airstrikes against Yemeni government troops, backed by Saudi Arabia, which were trying to recapture Aden from the UAE-backed separatists. In practical terms, there are three power centres and multiple militias in today’s Yemen: The Houthis, who control Sana’a and the northern towns, the southern separatists who are strong in and around Aden, and the internationally recognised government that is run from Saudi Arabia.
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The Saudi's don't fight for themselves. They hire mercenaries and use child soldiers from Africa...

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/saudi-arabia-accused-recruiting-c...

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" In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "

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...on blaming Iran for the attack on Saudi oil fields. The Houthis have the means, the method, and the motive. Plus, you know, they confessed. But US vassal states France, Germany, and the UK just got done announcing that "Iran did it."

Yemeni armed forces display new domestically-built missiles, drones

Sun Jul 7, 2019

Yemeni Armed Forces have unveiled new domestically-built military hardware, including ballistic and winged missiles in addition to unmanned aerial vehicles, which Sana'a says could act as game changers in the face of the Saudi-led military aggression against the Arab country.

President of the Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat, said the next phase of engagement with the Saudi-led military alliance against Yemen will be full of surprises, emphasizing that the new weapons will make a profound difference in the balance of power.

Defense Minister Major General Mohammad Nasser al-Emati stated that Yemeni Armed Forces have reached an advanced stage in the field of military industries, highlighting that the newly-unveiled weapons have been successfully tested in several operations and proved their efficacy and accuracy to hit designated targets.

The Yemeni defense minister further noted that the next stage of retaliatory attacks against the Saudi-led forces of aggression will be the greatest and most painful, unless the aggressors broker peace and put an end to their military campaign and siege against the Yemeni people.

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Two weeks earlier on June 26, Brigadier General Yahia Saree had announced the deployment of the domestically built weapons: “The detection, tracking and targeting capabilities of the new armament will turn a new page in the history of the Yemeni military, especially as the advanced weapons have undergone successful experimental stages and proved their effectiveness."

“Yemeni armed forces are working strenuously to develop their defense capabilities to stop the (Saudi-led) aggression and lift the blockade of Yemen. This falls within the framework of our legitimate rights to defend ourselves, our country, our people, our religion and our dignity,” the senior Yemeni official jhad remarked.
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In other news, suicides are spiking among the US deployed troops. They are ubiquitous on certain aircraft carriers.

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Populations don’t like wars. They have to be lied into it.
That means we can be “truthed” into peace. — Julian Assange

@Pluto's Republic parts in highly motivated hands can do. Improvised UAVs are what AK47s were in the 1960s. Game changers.

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Experts from Lebanon and Iraq were proud to say they lent a hand in the manufacture and design. The weapons were assembled in Yemen, however, and the Houthis say they can sustain their defense. Chalk up another win for asymmetrical warfare. The Saudis are lucky the Houthis are not savages like they are.

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Populations don’t like wars. They have to be lied into it.
That means we can be “truthed” into peace. — Julian Assange

ALL the upper level officers are members of the royal family. This is no meritocracy.

I met a Saudi Naval lieutenant at a meeting in the '70s. HE was also a member of the royal family. I was told that even junior officers who deal with the US government are royals.
It's easy to be a royal. They breed like rabbits. (Apologies to cuddly long-eared lagomorphs. I should have said "breed like rats.")

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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Next thing you know, Tulsi's going to start getting her hair done at Cinnabon....

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!

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The Saudi Arabian government spends the third most of any nation on the planed and they are getting their asses kicked by people with a tiny, tiny fraction of their resources. That's an impressive level of incompetence.

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@Roy Blakeley @Roy Blakeley
According to this Oct 1 Bloomberg article:
Hard-to-Beat Houthis Force Saudi Coalition to Rethink Yemen War

It seems that America has an empire it is unable to defend.

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