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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.

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

  1. JuanP on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 1:13 pm 

    “A new age of sea power?”

  2. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 2:31 pm 

    So your city gets nuked. This is what to expect:

  3. onlooker on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 5:54 pm

    “The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called ISIS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King. The unintended consequence will be to push Russia even faster to turn east to China and Eurasia.

  4. onlooker on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 5:57 pm

    Syria Airstrikes Instantly Added Nearly $5 Billion to Missile-Makers’ Stock Value

  5. makati1 on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 6:15 pm 

    Onlooker, it’s ALL about money, not freedom, democracy, terrorism or any other bullshit. Yes, the Us is pushing China and Russia into an ever tightening partnership. That is hot good news for the us.

  6. onlooker on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 6:53 pm 

    Yes So clearly evident Mak. Just like the fact US created ISIS to take down Assad

  7. makati1 on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 6:58 pm 

    What goes around, comes around. What is ‘coming around’ to the Us is going to be the result of 70+ years of plundering and murdering done by the “exceptional/indispensable” country. Payback is one huge bitch this time and well deserved.

  8. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:31 pm

    3:00 a.m. in Europe and I’m checking if I should leave the hotel and drive back to Holland while I still can, after having secured income for a year or two and still no strike. What’s keeping this blond fool from destroying the status quo, pussy. The “calm before the storm” is taking a long time. Why does Manhattan still exist?

    “Thus Trump has been maneuvered into deep waters by a powerful coalition of Brits and Jews, the same people who delivered you the last two world wars. His attempt to make sense and drop the Syrian hot potato (“I strongly wish for the withdrawal of our forces from Syria”, he tweeted) has been rebuffed by the indomitable Mr Netanyahu. Don’t even think of doing it, the big man from Tel Aviv said to Donny in the tense telephone conversation. Don’t leave Syria, you still have to fight the Iranians and Russians… America with its Puritan background is the only country where sexual mores are so strict that they lead to war. Clinton went to war in Yugoslavia because of a blow job, while Trump will possibly destroy the world because of a one-night stand… The British Prime Minister Theresa May decided she does not need parliament’s approval, President Trump decided he does not need an approval of Congress. So these brakes had been removed.“

    Again, the coming US-Russian showdown is going to demonstrate that in 2018 missiles dominate everything else. Carriers, ships, planes, even jets… completely futile sitting ducks. If Russia decides to sink US-UK vessels preparing for a strike on Syria, they can do that:

    “And now back to those two missiles of 2013. They were sent by the Israelis, whether they were trying to jump-start the shoot-out or just observed the clouds, as they claim. The missiles never reached its destination, shot down by the Russian ship-based sea-to-air defence system, or perhaps rendered useless by Russian GPS jammers.“

    Putin has all the cards. He can stop oil deliveries to Europe and SCO-proxy Iran can completely seal off the Gulf, simply by sinking two empty oil tankers. Not for nothing have Germany, Italy and Austria announced not to participate in the coming slaughter. Macron is a complete mystery, he piously opposed Trump in announcing to “make the world great again”, now he is following Trump through thick and thin. Syria after all was a French colony.

    “Julia Skripal took a daring step: she called her cousin Viktoria in Moscow. Their conversation is an amazing document. Julia says that she and her father are in good health; … Anyway we have no independent proof that Skripals were poisoned by anything at all.“

    “Let us hope and pray we shall survive the forthcoming cataclysm.”

  9. GregT on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:38 pm 

    It appears that the US (and the coalition in violation of international law) have just bombed Damascus.

  10. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:41 pm 

    And it’s one, two, three
    What are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn
    Next stop is Vietnam;
    And it’s five, six, seven
    Open up the pearly gates
    Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
    Whoopee! we’re all gonna die!

  11. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:48 pm 

    I bet Mr self righteous aka Greg and his wife are crying over this…Boo hoo…boo hoo. Those evil Americans…And OMG the trees are dying from climate change…LOL

  12. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:48 pm 

    Genocide is as human as art of prayer..

    -John Gray

  13. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:51 pm

  14. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:53 pm 

    Corbyn the only one with a conscience:

  15. onlooker on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:59 pm

    Russia says Syria chemical attack was false flag by Britain and the White Helmets

  16. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 8:59 pm 

    Pictures from the humanitarian airstrike:

    The truth is that the West is taking revenge for the Russian intervention that sabotaged the western agenda of global hegemony.

  17. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:03 pm 

    Mattis trying to keep Trump from expanding the strike:

  18. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:10 pm 

    Italian leftist still-government refuses participation in the strikes, but bases can still be used. The populist parties that won the election want to halt any support:

    Time to throw stones at British and American tourists tomorrow. British are easier to recognise with their silly steering wheels and number plates.

    Time for Germany to leave NATO.

  19. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:14 pm

    According to Sean Hannity, the “Soviet Union” supports “evil Assad”.

    330 million people and this idiot is doing the splaining.

  20. Boat on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:14 pm 


    Lol at Germany leaving NATO. They need to fund their obligation to NATO.

  21. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:16 pm

    The British public remains sensible (read best rated comments)

  22. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:19 pm 

    BREAKING: Pentagon says #SyriaStrikes are ‘one time shot’ to send strong message to Assad

  23. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:22 pm 

    These readers/commenters all support May’s Brexit but not this insane Syria bombing:

  24. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:24 pm 

    #BREAKING US chose Syria targets to avoid hitting Russian forces: Dunford -AP

  25. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:26 pm 

    Oil Peakaplyse now!

  26. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:27 pm 

    Oil Peakaplyse now!


  27. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:27 pm

  28. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:33 pm 

    Damascus, the pictures, thanks to the internet. Russian missiles intercepting Anglo weapons:

    Come on Spanish government, retake Gibraltar. Now is the time.

  29. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:38 pm

  30. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:43 pm

  31. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:47 pm

    “General Joseph Dunford, who also took part in the briefing, said the Pentagon “specifically identified targets” to “mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved.”

    Dunford said “normal deconfliction channel was used to deconflict airspace” with Moscow, but that the US did not “coordinate targets” with Moscow.”

  32. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:49 pm 


    Stop spamming this site already. We dont need to know what every alt right faggot in the world thinks. Society is going to totally collapse in the next few years anyways. This is all bullshit showmanship

  33. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:51 pm 

    Clogg is going ape shit..he has zero impulse control. And he is totally mentally imbalanced.

  34. Davy on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:53 pm 

    well, mm, as much as I despise the neder, he is providing the alternative view of things which is needed to sift through the noise to get to the truth. Neder will try his hardest to organize this presentation along his story line. Right neder, give it hell, stir up that world spinning inside your mind.

  35. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:57 pm 

    Sperm count falling sharply in developed world, researchers say

    Better import some more African migrants to get that sperm count up! They will get make sure little whitey gets knocked up! LOL

  36. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 9:59 pm 

    Trump going full neocon, loses last support from his original base that brought him te election:

    LOL – meanwhile in California, of all places:

  37. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:05 pm 

    Alex Jones close to tears

  38. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:05 pm 

    Clogg settle down you fucking retard you are posting from infowars now..You are a tin foil hat nut job.. Why dont you go over to info wars and talk among like minded neckbeards like yourself?

  39. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:07 pm 

    “Better import some more African migrants to get that sperm count up! They will get make sure little whitey gets knocked up! LOL”

    Time for #110

  40. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:08 pm 

    Clogg you are an emotion wreck. You are like a woman..I wish I could back hand your ass to get you to calm down and stop spamming.

  41. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:11 pm 

    Nice source clogg. Biblebelievers. I can tell you never went to college and are uneducated.

  42. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:16 pm 

    Again it was the US that instigated this war for no other purpose than to add Syria to the US empire, like they had attempted to do with Iraq:

    And now this Trump fool is caving in to the left after all.

  43. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:18 pm 


    You think the left wants war? LOL you are the most delusional person in the whole wide world. You have a wild imagination.

  44. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:18 pm 

    “Nice source clogg. Biblebelievers”

    Every one of them a home run.
    Now the US is next.

  45. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:20 pm 

    “You think the left wants war?”

    I was talking about the communists, err globalists in Washington, millikike/apneaman.

  46. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:25 pm 

    Russia responds, there will be consequences:

    Time to systematically weed Anglos from Eurasia. Open season. Break up the West. Anglosphere = kikosphere = death white race.

  47. Cloggie on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:28 pm 

    Alex Jones: “there should have been a US-Russian ticker parade in NYC celebrating the defeat of ISIS”

  48. MASTERMIND on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 10:30 pm 

    CLogg you think the globalist are communist? Communism would share the wealth. That is the last thing they want. You are so deluded and insane. You bleive things without any proof. You are just like the UFO fanatics and flat earthers. You better watch out for those black helicopters!

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