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Saudis Shoot Down Missiles, Drones as Middle East Tensions Flare

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted ballistic missiles and shot down drones sent from Yemen, in the latest attack by pro-Iranian rebels that showed improved military capabilities more than three years into the conflict.

One missile was intercepted over Riyadh, with loud blasts heard in the night sky above the Saudi capital on Wednesday. Two other missiles were intercepted over the southern areas of Jazan and Najran, authorities said. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it also downed a drone targeting an airport in the southwestern province of Abha and another in Jazan.

The missiles were fired just hours after President Donald Trump confirmed the U.S. would strike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are backed by Russia and Iran, over a suspected chemical weapons attack. The State Department said the Houthi attacks on Saudi population centers were “fueled by the Iranian regime’s dangerous proliferation of weapons and destabilizing activities in the region.”

“It’s hard to see the timing of the latest Houthi strike on Saudi Arabia as purely coincidental,” said Hani Sabra, founder of Advisory, a New York-based consultancy. The attack is probably an Iranian message to embarrass Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is wrapping up a foreign tour to world capitals and has repeatedly accused Iran of seeking to destabilize the kingdom, he said.

The Houthis have been aiming their ballistic missiles at major Saudi cities and targets more regularly in the past few months than any other period in the three-year war. The kingdom and its allies accuse Iran of arming the Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.

Iranian Message?

“The Houthis have indeed been stepping up their attacks on their northern neighbor, but with regional tension sharply escalating, particularly as a result of recent Syria-related developments, Iran, through the Houthis, probably wanted to send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a message,” Sabra said.

A missile fired in December was aimed at the main royal palace during a cabinet session headed by King Salman. Last month, Saudi defenses intercepted seven ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and other cities by the Houthis, the biggest such barrage since the war began in March 2015.

The Houthis, who have repeatedly targeted the kingdom in retaliation for its offensive inside Yemen, said Wednesday’s attack on Riyadh was directed at the defense ministry.

Increasing Risks

“The Houthis’ capabilities have improved — with outside assistance — over the course of the conflict, and it is reasonable to expect that they will continue to do so for the duration of the conflict,” said Allison Wood, an analyst with Control Risks. And while Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s best defense systems, the risk of a missile or a drone hitting targets “at some point” will increase with more regular attacks, he said.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been able to recover areas in southern Yemen from the Houthis, but the rebels still control the capital Sana’a and territories in the north.

The conflict has caused a humanitarian disaster with thousands of civilian deaths, disease, hunger and displacement.

bloomberg.com



151 Comments on "Saudis Shoot Down Missiles, Drones as Middle East Tensions Flare"

  1. deadly on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:46 am 

    I wonder what Kunstler will have to say about all of this war nobody needs.

    It was Friday the thirteenth, so you have to have a strike on that day.

    As long as it pays, the collateral damage low, then any attack at any time is warranted.

    If it is moral, ethical, justifiable, and legal, then it is ok.

    Teams of Pentagon lawyers are yakking it up at the time of the attack.

    I wonder what the response will be, if any.

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

  2. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 5:21 am 

    “The Us is being sidelined by better and more powerful countries. Adjust.”

    Sidelined? Please who needs the adjusting?

  3. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 5:22 am 

    “Boat, A/C? I never had A/C until I moved here. I survived 100F summers in PA for 63 years w/o A/C.”

    BS

  4. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 5:34 am 

    “Russia did NOT use its missiles. More than 100 US cruise missiles were fired and many of them intercepted with old Soviet “junk”.”
    How many is “many”. How much can you trust Russian MSM? LOL. You trust who you want to believe.

    “LOL we already knew that all military hardware, from carriers to jets, is inferior to missiles in 2018,”
    LOL, missiles don’t win wars and military operations are not completed by missiles. I think you are one clueless military statistician wannabe. It all comes down to your agenda and how it force the square one into the round one. Hilarious.

    “but now we know that even state-of-the-art US cruise missiles are no match for old Soviet junk, let alone S400 air defense.”
    They maybe didn’t fire them because they may have been worried they might not have lived up to their hype. Maybe they were jammed. You don’t know you wannabe general of a little dutchy.

    “The greatest disappointment for me was the behavior of Macron. “Voila, nous sommes important! quaak”
    Sure put a gaping hole in the ParisBerlinMoscow nonsense. LOL.

  5. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:19 am 

    This article may be slanted to the American side but it is legit to be posted here where our board agenda maniacs spam one-sided propaganda daily, redundantly, and excessively. It is interesting to note that the Russians military involvement in Syria is a hybrid of very modern and less modern with the less modern doing the heavy lifting. It is also worth noting the Russian latest missile the S-400 have yet to be tested in combat. While likely highly capable they are still untested in a combat situation.

    “Russia’s Involvement In Syria Proves That It’s Far Behind The Western World”
    https://tinyurl.com/y8v9rt7k

    “The vast majority of aircraft carrying out airstrikes are among the oldest in the Russian military, and it only gets worse from there.”

    “One glaring weakness is the lack of an advanced targeting pod for the Russian aircraft. Or any targeting pod at all. Russian aircraft currently flying in Syria do not use targeting pods like those carried by the U.S. and Western militaries. American and Western aircraft have been flying with targeting pods for decades and these systems have provided an incredible advantage during combat operations.”

    “The S-300 and S-400 have not been used in combat, and while Russian propaganda continues to portray these systems as having no weaknesses, the Israelis are believed to found ways of defeating the S-300 during training with Cyprus, who purchased the system from Russia 20 years ago.”

    “More than 25 years after the American Tomahawks were first used in combat Russia was finally able to fire its own cruise missile in a combat scenario.”

    “Despite the publicity surrounding them, it was the older Su-24 Fencer strike aircraft and the Su-25 Frogfoot that would do the bulk of the heavy lifting in Syria. And while there is no disputing the abilities of the Su-30SM and Su-35S in an air-to-air dogfight, without a modern targeting pod, their ability to lob anything but unguided “dumb” bombs is extremely limited.”

    “Russia has a long way to go before its full military can be labeled as fully modern. Some elements are very modern, some parts of some weapons are modern and most of the military is nowhere close to being able to conduct a sustained modern war with a near-peer.”

  6. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:20 am 

    https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/985096574652035072

    Now tell me great military thinker, how DO you win a war if you cant use cruisers, carriers, F35, Zumwald and the rest of the US junk sitting ducks.

  7. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:26 am 

    “It all comes down to your agenda and how it force the square one into the round one. Hilarious.”

    We all have our agenda’s, you the bolsjevik dream of global empire, we Eurasians of kicking your ASS back to the prairie so you can attend the cows.

  8. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:29 am 

    Sputnik: 73/103 intercepted

    https://sputniknews.com/world/201804141063542460-russia-air-defenses-syria-us-missile-strike/

  9. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:32 am 

    AH, arm chair military thinker, why then were the US carriers, planes, and missiles not totally obliterated last night? This has been your talk for weeks. You and your buddy billy 3rd world. (Get ready here comes the many excuses to explain that away). I think you are overhyping your missiles thing. Missiles play a role in military operations but military operations are many and varied. It has yet to be proven that missiles can win a war. What kind of war and when does a military operation become a war? I find you very deficient on military matters and the reason is the pressure you are under to prove your agenda is real. This kind of behavior becomes delusional beyond a point. That is where you are at. You are living partly in reality and partly in fantasy. BTW, I don’t approve of what happened last night. I have high respect for the Russians. They have an excellent military. What I don’t like is the distortion of the truth by people here that want to make real their agenda by any means including fantasy. That be you armchair!

    Oh, BTW, you should quit the empty links and start filling in the point of the reference with a few words. Your empty links just show you are unable to digest the article so you dump the link to say “Here see this is what I mean”

  10. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:38 am 

    “Sputnik: 73/103 intercepted”

    Sure they were and you believe it like the other sheeples believe the other side’s news. Sputnik is a propaganda arm of the Russian government. Yea, the same kind you harp about on the other side. Hilarious. Let’s let all the dust clear and see what happened. Maybe that many missiles did get downed but I doubt it. More arm chair expertise in action.

  11. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 6:40 am 

    “We all have our agenda’s, you the bolsjevik dream of global empire, we Eurasians of kicking your ASS back to the prairie so you can attend the cows.”

    Sure, but some are excessive and extreme. In fact the kind you have points to a personality issue. Maybe you need to slow down before you overheat.

  12. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 7:51 am 

    DerHundistLos

    Great point. Theo should crawl back into the cave he came out of. Just another low life troll who is trying to blow the world up because he was unsuccessful in life.

  13. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 7:54 am 

    Clogg

    the sites you post from daily mail, sputnick, infowars, you choose these lousy sources because you know what they are going to tell you what you want to hear. You have a hard time with reality. It obvious you are a paranoids schizophrenic

  14. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 7:57 am 

    Davy

    Don’t let madkat read that article about Russia’s weak military. He believes Russia has the best military in the world. LOL And he doesn’t need any proof (reason) to come to a conclusion.

  15. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 8:47 am 

    “Sure they were and you believe it like the other sheeples believe the other side’s news. Sputnik is a propaganda arm of the Russian government”

    That’s why I mention the source and don’t deceptively wrap into a tinyurl.

    But… do you have any other numbers? No? Thought so.

  16. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 8:50 am 

    ‘Trump Crapped All Over Us’ By Attacking Syria: Watch InfoWars’ Alex Jones Break Down in Tears
    Jones now says Trump is a ‘fraud’

    https://www.alternet.org/trump-crapped-all-over-us-attacking-syria-watch-infowars-alex-jones-break-down-tears?src=newsletter1091021

  17. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 8:50 am 

    “Don’t let madkat read that article about Russia’s weak military. He believes Russia has the best military in the world. LOL And he doesn’t need any proof (reason) to come to a conclusion.”

    You want proof?

    Afghanistan. US meddling since 1979. Currently Taliban controls 70% and counting.

    Syria. Russia intervened in 2015 and most of the country is under control of Assad again.

    Duh.

  18. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 8:58 am 

    “Trump Crapped All Over Us’ By Attacking Syria: Watch InfoWars’ Alex Jones Break Down in Tears
    Jones now says Trump is a ‘fraud’”

    I just returned from a long walk in the mountains, shortly below the snow line. That’s much better conditions than furiously pressing the refresh button of your gadget browser/twitter in your hotelbed in the middle of the night.

    I have thought things over and have to backtrack from my anger last night. Tentative conclusion: nothing happened last night. It was a face-saving retreat, a co-production of Trump, Macron and Putin to fool the US deep state and public. Trump had no intention to start WW3 or topple Assad. It was for the Buehne only. US and Russian politics and military were carefully avoiding larger damage.

  19. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 9:07 am 

    Clog

    You showed no sources to back up your absurd claims. Stop lying. And get some sleep. You have been up all night foaming at the mouth.

  20. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 9:09 am 

    I though Russia was going to respond they said? And they were going to shoot down the missiles? LOL HAHA Shows what a bunch of rabid liars and frauds they truly are. And their 1980’s military is a total joke.

  21. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 9:31 am 

    But millimind, I thought that Putin would get his ass hammered and all we got is a few gay allied missiles, most of which didn’t even reach their intended targets.ROFL

    I’d say that Putin is the moral winner of this “standoff”… yet again.

  22. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 10:03 am 

    Armchair, pentagon said no missiles were engaged. Did you see me hype that like you are doing? Nope. Because I know better than to look an armchair fool by agenda peddling.

  23. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 10:05 am 

    Armchair fool, how do you know most of the missiles didn’t reach their target?

  24. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 10:45 am 

    “Armchair fool”

    Oops, I’m getting under the skin of the daver, furiously mad. Apparently something went wrong last night.lol

    “how do you know most of the missiles didn’t reach their target?”

    I have no idea, I was not there, fortunately. I merely quoted what Russian sources are saying and I was honest about the source.

    Apparently, since an hour or two there is a US government source claiming that nothing was intercepted at all:

    http://time.com/5240383/pentagon-syria-missiles/

    OK, so now we the claims, namely 71/103 or 0/x.

    Who is speaking the truth? I must admit I have very little faith in US officialdom, Russia slightly more, but not 100% either.

    May the best liar lose!

  25. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 10:50 am 

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5615605/Mission-Accomplished-Trump-says-strikes-Syria-not-better-result.html#comments

    Vast majority commenters are skeptical towards claims and intentions wester leaders.

  26. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 12:21 pm 

    I hope clogg gets some sleep and takes a shower…There will be more days to delude himself further. We still have a couple more years before things really start to go sideways.

  27. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 12:36 pm 

    Putin got his bitch cord pulled last night! LOL HAHA! USA USA!

  28. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 1:02 pm 

    “Putin got his bitch cord pulled last night! LOL HAHA! USA USA!”

    Like how? A few XXL potholes and buildings turned into rubble (“chemical weapons factories”.lol) and that’s it. Much ado bout nutting. The West is on the way out and that’s ok. Break-up the shitpile:

    https://redice.tv/news/college-hosts-no-whites-allowed-pool-party

  29. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 1:05 pm 

    Clogg

    There are around 5300 colleges in America. Just cause one does something stupid doesn’t mean the whole country is turning against whitey..You paranoid schizophrenic.

  30. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 1:09 pm 

    2020’s to be a decade of disorder for oil – Former EIA head

    https://imgur.com/a/pYxKa

  31. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 1:31 pm 

    “We still have a couple more years before things really start to go sideways.”

    We should grant ZOG-USA this face-saving retreat from Syria. Neocons planned to destroy the ME in the nineties and the US, together with Turkey, KSA and Qatar began to fund foreign jihadis in Syria as of 2011. Now it is obvious that the West failed to overthrow Assad and the pussy grabber needed a way out. He had a phone call with Vlad saying “listen old buster, bring your stuff into safety tonite as we are going to throw a few bombs on Syria, there and there and there, nothing serious. After that we are out”. And that was it.

    Trump remains enemy #1 of the (deep) state and has open support from Macron and tacit support from Putin. There is not going to be a war between the US and Russia. Putin said tonight he is not going to retaliate. That says it all.

    I overreacted last night and so did Alex Jones. Trump is NOT the good goy after all and I keep supporting his presidency and I am still not too negative about Macron… because of his support for Trump, the anti-NWO guy.

  32. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 1:39 pm 

    “Much ado bout nutting.”

    Armchair, I think there is more going on here than a simpleton answer like that. This event was a good way to probe defenses and capabilities for both sides. You can be sure the military boys on all sides are analyzing this event closely. You on the other hand are trying to fit it into your agenda and how you can peddle it and what pops out? the comment above stupid comment.

  33. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 1:43 pm 

    “I keep supporting his presidency”

    You are not American. We don’t want you. Worry about your own stupid country.

  34. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 2:26 pm 

    “We don’t want you.”

    Who is “we”?

    Your imaginary 1-percent, you supposedly are part of? That leaves 99%, opposed to the OneWorld designs of the Soros gang, which you (reluctantly) support.

    I know very well the mood in white America (that would be European-America in my vocabulary):

    https://youtu.be/ZGSAhNZnisk

    …and I see something gigantic brewing. A possibility so breathtakingly positive for Europe, a posibility empire-dave fears so much, hence your hostile response.

    Most people on this planet want to live in white societies if they would get the chance. Decolonization sounded nice in the beginning and for IQ100 countries in East-Asia it worked out fine, but for Africa, India or Muslim countries not so much.

    What is new is that increasingly even white Americans want to live in white countries too! How do you like them apples?!

    #timber!

    [insert vile European Natzi grin here]

    And that is precisely what a racial egalitarian Slav and natural born shabby Soviet like you, with borscht stains on his shirt, fears most: namely that your beloved #1 terrorist country could fall apart over the issue of race.

    Me in contrast, who is proud of the fact that “Apartheid” is the fourth best-known Dutch word, after 1. dollar, 2. yankee and 3. Santaclaus, smell the opportunity that continental Europeans could help tear off a nice chunk of land from the Soros empire and integrate it into the European World, in full consent of 100 million or more European-Americans. The alt-righters have already come to that conclusion. Now the closet white nationalists aka Trump voters need to be humiliated a little more by the Soros gang (as personified by millimind on this board) before they will flip the switch as well.

    That is why you hate me, meathead, and you should.

  35. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 2:34 pm 

    Clogg

    You overacted because you an unstable lunatic. I feel bad for you . when the oil starts to run out (and it will run out soon). You are going to be flipping the fuck out. I predict you will end up in an insane asylum ranting about how we have centuries of underground coal per the daily mail…Or you will commit suicide, since you wont have the guts to admit you were dead fucking wrong.
    https://imgur.com/a/pYxKa

  36. Boat on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 2:44 pm 

    Clog

    So this mythical chunk of land you so desperately want. Is that code for more taxes?

  37. Davy on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 2:52 pm 

    I despise you nedernazi. There is a difference. You are sub human so I can only despise you like a pest or rodent. You can’t help being revulsive.

  38. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:05 pm 

    “I despise you nedernazi.”

    I know, impotent rage, because you know you can’t do anything about it. You had pictured yourself to be part of the US nomenclatura, destined to rule over the planet. But instead you are going to Brasilianize in some forgotten corner in Greater Baltimore. Shit happens.

  39. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:12 pm 

    Clogg

    If you get this emotional and un glued about a few missiles landing in a shit hole country. How are you going to react when the oil crisis hits? How are you going to react when you hear the gas stations are running out of gasoline? And the grocery stores are running out of food? And once the oil crisis hits they are going to have to let all those prisoners out! And it will be pay back time for ole Whitey! LOL

  40. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:24 pm 

    “If you get this emotional and un glued about a few missiles landing in a shit hole country.“

    Last night I could not rule out that the Swamp had taken over the presidency in order to start WW3. Now I know it was a non-event.

  41. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:28 pm 

    “So this mythical chunk of land you so desperately want. Is that code for more taxes?”

    Yep. It is likely that a new deplorable country would adopt a continental European social system, rather than the capitalist casino economy, the US has now, which only serves the interests of oligarchs, not normal European-Americans.

  42. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:31 pm 

    Facebook shuts down pages affiliated with Richard Spencer

    http://thehill.com/policy/technology/383165-facebook-shuts-down-pages-affiliated-with-richard-spencer

    HAHA! Thank god the tech industry is ruled by hardcore liberals! Now go back to 4chan with all the rest of the scum of society.

  43. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:34 pm 

    Clogg

    What are you going to do when the oil crisis hits? Just curious?

  44. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:41 pm 

    “HAHA! Thank god the tech industry is ruled by hardcore liberals! Now go back to 4chan with all the rest of the scum of society.”

    Yes I noticed last night how short my twitter feed had become.lol

    Doesn’t matter, you can get your info from everywhere, like gab.ai, the free speech twitter replacement.

  45. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 3:49 pm 

    “What are you going to do when the oil crisis hits? Just curious?”

    There is not going to be any, certainly not in Europe. Peak oil demand is next. I expect the transition in countries like Holland to be past 50% as early as 2030. Private car ownership will be largely vanished and replaced by a “socialist” door-to-door public autonomous transportation system.

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/by-2030-you-wont-own-a-car/

    The Dutch government already announced old school energy supply won’t be guaranteed by 2030, which means solar panels on every roof and heating via electric heat pumps, slashing heating energy with a factor of 3-4.

  46. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 4:13 pm 

    Clogg

    Here are 32 mainstream sources and over a dozen peer reviewed scientific articles that prove you are wrong.
    https://imgur.com/a/pYxKa

  47. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 4:15 pm 

    CLogg

    There isn’t enough minerals and metals for the world to run on electric cars.

    Shortage of resources for renewable energy and food production (Rhodes 2011)
    https://www.scribd.com/document/375501088/Shortage-of-resources-for-renewable-energy-and-food-production-Rhodes-2011

  48. Cloggie on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 4:30 pm 

    “Here are 32 mainstream sources and over a dozen peer reviewed scientific articles that prove you are wrong.”

    Thanks, I had just run out of toilet paper! Where would I be without you, I’m asking you.

    “There isn’t enough minerals and metals for the world to run on electric cars.”

    Yes and on top of that we are all going to die, so sad!

  49. MASTERMIND on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 4:43 pm 

    CLogg

    You can stick your head in the sand if you want to. But just remember you leave your ass exposed for the whole world to kick!

  50. joe on Sun, 15th Apr 2018 8:30 am 

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804141063561879-jaysh-al-islam-militants-yemen/

    One must ask themselves how Assad got gas into eastern ghouta? If everyone was watching then where are the radar tracks for the bombing run? My guess is that the jihadis blew up their stores of smuggled in gas which they use on the human sheilds or ‘families’ they keep with them. They blew it up and blamed Assad….
    Just a theory….

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