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Missile intercepted near Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening.

The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said.

A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was fired at the King Khalid International Airport.

The civil aviation authority said that air traffic was not disrupted.

Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles in the past , though none has come so close to a major population centre.

“The missile was launched indiscriminately to target the civilian and populated areas,” said Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen.

“Shattered fragments from the intercepted missile landed in an uninhabited area of the airport and there were no injuries.”

Witnesses reported seeing parts of the missile in the airport’s car park, Saudi broadcaster Al-Arabiya reported.

Residents in the north of Riyadh said their windows were rattled by a loud blast on Saturday evening that was followed by the roar of low-flying aircraft.

The Houthi-run Saba News in Yemen said the missile had been a Burkan H2.

The rebel group is believed to have access to a stockpile of Scud ballistic missiles and home-grown variants. Saudi forces have previously brought them down with Patriot surface-to-air missiles bought from the US.

The Houthis fired a missile towards Riyadh in May, a day before US President Donald Trump was due to arrive in the city for a visit, but it was shot down 200km (120 miles) from the capital.

Yemen has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis, and is the biggest power in an international air coalition that has bombed the rebel group since 2015.

On Wednesday a suspected strike by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 26 people at a hotel and market in northern Yemen, medics and local officials said.

The coalition, which rights groups say has bombed schools, hospitals, markets and residential areas, said it struck a “legitimate military target”.

UN-brokered talks have failed to bring an end to the bloodshed in Yemen, which has claimed more than 8,600 lives and injured nearly 50,000 since the Saudi-led campaign began.

The conflict has also left 20.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, created the world’s largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is believed to have affected 884,000 people and caused 2,184 deaths.


77 Comments on "Missile intercepted near Riyadh"

  1. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 1:59 pm 

    More Eurotard drivel from dumb n Dutch. Do I need to dig up the poop on the Euroland? Do I need to bring out all the US pluses? The problem with braggarts is they live in a binary unreality. They look for flashy numbers and sound good words. Dumb n Dutch is actually a very poor ambassador for Euroland. He is a flag waiving hypocrite that often does not even know what he is posting. Much like his best friend Mad Kat they live in a reality of “we are great” and “you suck” which normal people know is childish. Funny that both are old men living alone with little to do but brag and shag. SAD

  2. Hello on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 3:18 pm 

    >>>>> Indeed, one of Silicon Valley’s dirty little secrets is that its companies don’t create that many jobs

    Yes, but they change the world. For the good or for the bad, I don’t judge.
    Maybe europe should go back to subsistence farming? That will provide full employment and then some.

    BTW, full employment is the wrong ideal to aspire to anyways. Instead we should use some of this amazing productivity we have achieved to LOWER the work week. Kind of like 60’s standard of living but with 4h of work per day.

    Both in europe and in the US the gap between poor and rich gets wider. Take a look at the many Harz 4 minimum wage earners in germany. And maybe I should mention that attracting all the uneducated unskilled from around the globe and eastern europe doesn’t help the case of the poor too much either.

    Did you get the story where a NL slaughterhouse was practically put out of business because they couldn’t compete with the german low wages? Germany is low wage country with miserable retirement benefits. Not sure if this is something to be proud of.

    The profits of the amazing german economy more and more goes to the rich whereas an ever growing mass is slaving from day to day.

    BTW I’m still surprised that you’re hang up on this “growth” and “better” stuff. That’s 20th century thinking. Growth is over, we should learn to change our ways and embrace non-growth. Growth is killing.

    As a person living in one of the richest and most successful places on earth I can only wish I’d see less growth, 0 growth. What a relief that would be.

  3. GregT on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 4:35 pm 

    “First Joe, Iraq was a mistake and a tragedy.”

    Iraq was an illegal invasion, and occupation of a sovereign state, based on lies and false pretences. The mass murders of hundreds of thousands of innocent people wasn’t a mistake, it is a warcrime against humanity.

    “From a battle stand point the US succeeded.”

    If you honestly believe any part of Iraq to be a success, then you are even more delusional than you have previously shown yourself to be.

  4. onlooker on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 4:57 pm 

    I agree with you Greg but I think we should recalibrate what the US now considers success. I think for them in the ME, success was and is to destabilize the region directly or via proxy forces like ISIS, and particularly in Iraq this involved overthrowing Saddam. Via destabilization and chaos they can try to fill the vacuum with those who may be friendly to US interests or at least amenable to threats and/or bribery. This also allows the US to militarily intrude under ironically the pretext of establishing stability and order. One may not consider this truly a definition of success but when your only tool is a hammer ie. your military, all problems are dealt with like nails

  5. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:02 pm 

    “If you honestly believe any part of Iraq to be a success, then you are even more delusional than you have previously shown yourself to be.”
    Widdle g, you are capable of seeing an issue objectively right. In that case if you look at the issue under discussion from a strictly military view point then what I said was accurate. BTW, it has been wonderful having you gone. The board was much less extremist and polarized. The anti-American pricking and stalking died down.

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:12 pm 

    “The board was much less extremist and polarized. The anti-American pricking and stalking died down.”

    Without you, the patalogical namecaller, this forum would be far more civilized and not a megaphone for the empire.

    Ever considered to take a hike?

  7. MASTERMIND on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:13 pm 

    Davy here is the reason madkat deludes himself.

    Humans cannot live without illusions. For the men and women of today, an irrational faith in progress may be the only antidote to nihilism. Without the hope that the future will be better than the past, they could not go on.”

    ― John N. Gray,: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

  8. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:32 pm 

    “Without you, the patalogical namecaller, this forum would be far more civilized and not a megaphone for the empire.”
    This is awesome two of the boards biggest pricks are upset and whining. Dumb n Dutch and widdle g. Dumb dumb who is the one preaching death and destruction to my world? Right, you dumbass. You can’t expect to get respect for being disrespectful. What is worse is you brag about yourself in a disgusting way. I can’t stand braggarts. One, two, three, mad kat will be on soon to yap his two cents. The three of you are the new gang. Enjoy my moderation. I am here to stay.

  9. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:32 pm 

    MM, mad kat and his gang more like.

  10. GregT on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:36 pm 

    “The board was much less extremist and polarized.”

    I have read the forums every day for the last few weeks. Nothing has changed without my postings. You continue to attack anybody who doesn’t hold your view that the Empire
    is at the centre of the universe. You are the sole reason why this board is both extremist and polarized.

  11. GregT on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:38 pm 

    “Without you, the patalogical namecaller, this forum would be far more civilized and not a megaphone for the empire.”

    Spot on.

  12. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 5:46 pm 

    widdle g, whats new. Lol. Now,widdle are you going to say something or just prick. That is one thing about you and that is you are intellectually lite but always holier than thou. You don’t really think I give a shit about what you think do you? In fact the more you squirm the better. You and your gang represent what is most foul with humans.

  13. makati1 on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 6:11 pm 

    That the empire is going down and will not take the rest of the world down with it is difficult for the brainwashed “exceptional/indispensable” Americans to accept. It is pounded into their heads 24/7/365 everywhere they turn in the US from birth to death. There will be some pain and adjustment in the rest of the world, but life will go on.

    Most Americans are like spoiled children who don’t want to see their cake and candy go away even though they have to kill other children and babies to get it. The US is a cancer on the world that needs to be removed, and soon, before it does something really stupid, with nukes. Insanity rules the US and it needs to be confined.

  14. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 6:16 pm 

    We are doing fine Mad Kat and your derisions are exaggerated. You anti-Americans are pathetic and worst of all hypocrites. Your boyfriend is back to help you across the street.

  15. makati1 on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 6:25 pm 

    MM: Do YOU ever think for yourself or do you let others think for you? Do you need others to give validity to your ideas (peer review)? Do you need to quote others that do think, as a crutch?

    “Without the hope that the future will be better than the past, they could not go on.”

    Like Davy, you try to fit me into the mold you want me to be, and you, like Davy, are way out in left field. I never said that I want a better future. I want A future. “Yuge” difference.

    I want one that is not destroyer by the greedy American Empire. I want my family to survive the next few years and be able to live a safe lifestyle for the rest of their lives. I want my own life to continue here in the Ps in a slower, less gadget cluttered, manner. If I wanted ‘better’, would I have moved to a 3rd world country? Use that brain and think, not parrot propaganda.

  16. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 6:34 pm 

    BS, Mad Kat, you say one thing one day and another the next. Which Mad Kat Are you? Do you even know?

  17. MASTERMIND on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 6:34 pm 


    hope and dreams seem to be the only evidence that a lot of people (Like You) need to convince them that their opinions are in fact the only correct ones and they trump science and facts and they will defend their position until the bitter end.

  18. makati1 on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 7:13 pm 

    MM: I don’t need to be ‘convinced’. I can see what’s going on around me and I read from a wide variety of sources. I can think using the same brain that has kept me alive and successful for my 73 years. I am comfortably retired. You will never be able to claim the same.

    You, on the other hand, are obviously an over educated bullshitter who believes his shit doesn’t stink. Typical of a person who looks down his nose at the plebs. You will find that that piece of paper means nothing in the future except, maybe, to start a fire to cook your rat stew.

    I understand science. I took biology, chemistry, and physics in high school, when they actually taught something worthwhile. and biology in the year I went to college before I realized it was a waste of time and money. I worked in chem labs of several companies, testing and R&D.I have always raised small animals as a hobby. I had many successful gardens during the 80s when money was tight and I had a family to feed. Ecology has always been an interest of mine for over 60 years. Don’t try to tell me about “science and facts”, or logic.

    I can recognize real facts, but the US is anti-science and anti-facts. It is pack of liars and propagandists. Nothing more these days. I will have the last laugh. Be patient.

  19. Davy on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 7:20 pm 

    Mad Kat, quit your bragging. You are nothing special and you are not rational you operate emotionally and selfishly.

  20. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 7:26 pm 

    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
    Isaac Asimov, Column in Newsweek (21 January 1980)

  21. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 7:30 pm 

    “To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students I say, you, too, can be president of the United States.”


  22. makati1 on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 7:31 pm 

    Good quote and even more accurate today, Duncan.

  23. makati1 on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 7:35 pm 

    BTW: He is one of my favorite authors and I have most of his novels in my library. I have the entire ‘Foundation’ series. That was when SF was written by educated thinkers and they made you think, not today’s money grubbers selling shallow stories that an idiot could understand.

  24. MASTERMIND on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 8:01 pm 

    Madkat here is my favorite Isaac Asimov quote and it reminds it describes you and me very well..

    Those people who think they know everything are a great announce to those of us who do…

    -Isaac Asimov

    Just click on my name and i challenge you to find anyone who has made a collection of scientific sources….And you have nothing but hope and evidence free faith….No REASON…You are an enemy of reason…

  25. MASTERMIND on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 8:04 pm 

    Madkat – Next time you go off on your usual self righteous rant against the US.. Just remember.

    We learn from history that we learn nothing from history…

    -George B Shaw

  26. GregT on Mon, 6th Nov 2017 8:15 pm 

    “Dumb dumb who is the one preaching death and destruction to my world? Right, you dumbass.”

    It is the people such as yourself, who are solely responsible for the demise of the USA. You are an enabler delusionalist. You reap what you sow.

    I feel bad for the tens of millions of good American citizens. They don’t deserve what is coming. You do.

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