Iranian-backed Houthi rebels fire missiles at Saudi Arabia and a US ship

Masked Yemeni houthi rebel . Yemeni President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi had repeatedly accused Iran and its proxy Hezbollah of aiding and training the Houthi rebels
Masked Yemeni houthi rebel . Yemeni President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi had repeatedly accused Iran and its proxy Hezbollah of aiding and training the Houthi rebels

Yemen’s Houthi movement launched a ballistic missile deep into Saudi Arabia and may have also fired on a U.S. warship, two days after an apparent Saudi-led air strike killed 140 mourners at a funeral attended by powerful tribal leaders.

Saturday’s air strike ripped through a wake attended by some of the country’s top political and security officials, outraging Yemeni society and potentially galvanizing powerful tribes to join the Houthis in opposing a Saudi-backed exiled government.

On Monday, a Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen said it had intercepted a missile fired by the Houthis at a military base in Taif in central Saudi Arabia, striking deeper then ever before in the latest in a series of more than a dozen missile attacks.

A missile was also fired at Marib in central Yemen, a base for pro-government militiamen and troops who have struggled to advance on the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.

A U.S. military spokesman said two missiles were fired from Houthi-held territory at the USS Mason, a guided missile destroyer sailing north of the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait. Neither missile hit the ship.

The Houthis denied firing at the U.S. ship.

Riyadh is leading a coalition of Arab states which began launching air strikes in Yemen 18 months ago to restore to power ousted President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who was driven from the capital two years ago by the Houthis.

The Houthis, fighters from a Shi’ite sect that ruled a thousand-year kingdom in northern Yemen until 1962, are allied to Hadi’s predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh. They have the support of many army units and control most of the north including the capital Sanaa.

The war has killed at least 10,000 people and brought parts of Yemen, by far the poorest country in the Arabian peninsula, to the brink of starvation. Both sides accuse the other of war crimes.

Followers of the Houthi movement attend a gathering to show support to the movement outside the Presidential Palace in Sanaa February 4, 2015. The banner reads: ''Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam''.
Followers of the Houthi movement attend a gathering to show support to the movement outside the Presidential Palace in Sanaa February 4, 2015. The banner reads: ”Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam”.

The Saudis say the Houthis are stooges of their enemy Iran. The Houthis say they have led a national revolt against a corrupt government, and the country is now being punished by its rich and aggressive Gulf Arab neighbors with U.S. political and military support.

Riyadh has denied responsibility for Saturday’s air strike.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday Saudi Arabia should be held accountable for war crimes in Yemen.

“Not only Saudi Arabia, but also those who have supported the aggression by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni people should be held accountable for the war crimes perpetrated in Yemen over the past year and a half,” Zarif was quoted as saying by Iranian state-funded Press TV on Monday in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Zarif also called on Ban to facilitate Iran sending a plane carrying humanitarian aides to Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have launched thousands of air strikes against the the Iranian backed  Houthis and have imposed a naval blockade that has restricted access to imports for a country that depends on buying food abroad to feed itself.

This month the Houthis launched a missile at a ship from the United Arab Emirates and at government positions on a island at the strategic 20 km (12 mile)-wide Bab al-Mandab strait, which controls the mouth of the Red Sea, on the main shipping route from the Indian Ocean to Europe through the Suez Canal.

Among the dead in the funeral bombing on Saturday were notables straddling the country’s many political divides, threatening to harden the will of powerful armed tribes around the capital who may make common cause with the Houthis.

“Despite all the massacres that have happened in this war, attacking a funeral is unprecedented and crosses a major red line in Yemeni culture,” said Farea al-Muslimi, an analyst at the Sanaa Centre for Strategic studies.

“The air strikes killed powerful people, and their tribes and families will be drawn closer to the Houthis as they all try to retaliate.”

REUTERS

 

  • Rascal

    And again the US does nothing. No air strikes or investigation or any return fire? Looks like another Obummer decision.
    Wait for it, there will be another red-line.

    • 5thDrawer

      Took out 3 radar sites installed in Yemen by Iran. End of that mosquito problem.
      Waiting now to see if Iran ‘destroyers’ will fire a first shot.

  • Rascal

    Edit update. Yemen Houthi are now short 3 radar bases, BOOM. That’s more like it.

    • Hind Abyad

      Tensions Escalate as Iran Sends Warships After US Bombs Yemen
      Pentagon claims “We don’t seek a wider role in this conflict,” after launching missiles against Houthi targets
      http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/13/tensions-escalate-iran-sends-warships-after-us-bombs-yemen

      • Rudy1947

        Hope the Iranians bring lots of life preservers and air cover.

        • Rascal

          The Iranian airforce is even more pathetic than their navy.

      • Rascal

        The Iranian ships are severely out-classed and would not stand a chance in a real conflict. Plus these are Iranian radar that should not exist in Yemen to harass passing ships. If Iran wants a war with the US it should stop using its proxies to cover for them. It is now clear that the US made a direct strike on 3 Iranian radar bases and there is not a damn thing Iran can do about it, aside from getting its proxies to fight their war for them so they can deny involvement.

        • Hind Abyad

          Ya vol mein herr

        • 5thDrawer

          Apparently the ‘news’ in Iran didn’t play the radar story. ;-)))

          • Rascal

            This news is not available in any Iran news sites. This way the mullahs don’t have to show a reaction and do all that chest beating for nothing.

          • Hind Abyad

            It’s available on The New York Times.. “America’s Moral Duty in Yemen”…
            http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/opinion/americas-moral-duty-in-yemen.html?mabReward=A5&moduleDetail

          • Rascal

            With your Iran blindness, you still miss the point that the mullahs control the media including extreme restriction on the available internet and freedom of speech and opinion. If you were a average Iranian (living in Iran) we would not be having this conversation because your favorite mullahs would have this and most news sites blocked. Yet you do your part to raise them up on a moral high-ground when clearly they only allow pro-mullah news and information and suppress the majority(other than hypocrite officials that have full access).

          • Omega

            Media isn’t any different in the West: owned/controlled and tailored by few.

          • Hind Abyad

            With your Iran blindness and lack of US-CIA historic coups you have no knowledge how Khomeini came into power.

            “because your favorite mullahs would have this and most news sites blocked. Yet you
            do your part to raise them up on a moral high-ground when clearly they only allow pro-mullah news and information and suppress the majority(other than hypocrite officials that have full access).”

            Go to hell ! I’m not “pro-Mullah”, they are the consequences of 1953 US coup against a democratically elected Government. Don’t come here to learn do it before you type more stupidities and insults.

          • 5thDrawer

            “Immigration is a multikazillion dollar industry,” he declared. “They have scouts on every mountain and an intelligence operation better than the C.I.A.
            ”http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/opinion/sunday/the-wall-is-a-fantasy.html
            “Ten years ago, crime, education and health were the defining policy issues,” he told me. “Now it’s about people’s sense of control over their societies and their communities.”

          • Rudy1947

            10 years ago the Syria and Iraq immigration issue was not an issue.

          • Hind Abyad

            Diverting again
            In Irak millions of refugees fled to Syria, Jordan… what has Syria to do with immigration?
            It’s invaded by a hundred countries fighting for money there

          • Rudy1947

            Hundred countries? The United Federation of Planets must be involved.

          • Hind Abyad

            There are jihadist from 85 different countries around the Planet
            plus NATO countries.. Turks, British, French, Swedish, Irish, Israelis, etc… Syria has no rigth to have help from Hezbollah?
            Russia was invited, they did not “invade”. Imbecil

          • Rudy1947

            Are they representatives of those 85 countries with their gov’ts blessing?

          • Matrix

            u zionist imbicil invade syria you like isis bombs u not godi u money love zionist

          • Hind Abyad
          • Matrix

            The ‘news’ in Iran didn’t play the radar story, they preferred the “US Not Able to Confront Iran Militarily” story;
            IRGC Navy Commander: US Not Able to Confront Iran Militarily
            TEHRAN (FNA) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi downplayed the US military power to launch war against Iran, stressing that Tehran has even harnessed Washington’s power in the sea.
            “The US officials have acknowledged the Iranian armed forces’ military power,” Admiral Fadavi said on Friday, addressing a ceremony in Tehran.

            He reiterated that Iran’s deterrent power is the outcome of the resistance of Iranian nation against the enemies.

            Admiral Fadavi said that he US doesn’t have the power to confront Iran militarily.

            In relevant remarks in May, Rear Admiral Fadavi downplayed the US power, and said no naval force in the world dares to threaten the IRGC Navy and its speedboats.

            “We at the IRGC Navy and in the sea give no care to the US power and our speedboats don’t recognize the US aircraft carriers” as a power, Fadavi said, addressing a ceremony in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas.

            “No one dares to give a dirty look at Iran let alone launching a war,” he added.

            Fadavi said the United States doesn’t even think of attacking Iran for fear of a huge backlash to its interests.

            “Due to the presence of IRGC forces, the Americans do not dare to get near the Iranian borders,” Rear Admiral Fadavi said.

            Referring to the failed US wars of the past decade, he said, “Washington seeks to weaken and marginalize countries that follow the Iranian Revolution as their role model; however, this is doomed to fail too.”

            “The US presence in the region causes insecurity and therefore it should leave,” Rear Admiral Fadavi added.

    • 5thDrawer

      “”In America’s heated presidential campaign, the Democratic contender Hillary Clinton boasts repeatedly that as Secretary of State she helped “put the lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”
      That is factually true. America did not fire a single shot. Iran did the shooting and still does, constantly upgrading its arsenal with sophisticated ballistic missiles.””

  • Hind Abyad

    Photos Show Fragments of U.S. Bombs at Site of Yemen Funeral Massacre
    https://theintercept.com/2016/10/10/photos-show-fragments-of-u-s-bombs-at-site-of-yemen-funeral-masssacre/

    • Rudy1947

      Gee, the Saudis have been buying US and Euro weapons for years and now it’s supposedly news that they found a US bomb fragment. That’s incredible.

      • Hind Abyad

        Also US fragments from killing Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians their moderate ISIS…and weapons manufacturing are big business. (WW3) what a nice idea.

        • Rudy1947

          And where do the Palestinians, Iraqis and Syrians get their weapons?

          BTW, WW3 has been predicted since 1946.

          • Hind Abyad

            1946..2016..WW3 Zionist project rules America.

          • Rudy1947

            ROFL ROFL ROFL.

          • Hind Abyad

            sounds yellow

          • Omega

            I’d argue: they starter ruling it in 1913.

          • Rudy1947

            Of course you would, can’t wait for the Lusitania theories.

          • Omega

            And step 1 of Rudy’s modus operandi begins: diversion.

          • Rudy1947

            Diversion? Do have to educate you on the theories of Jewish involvement in the sinking of the Lusitania? Damn guy, you failing in your duties. It sank in 1915, does that help?

          • Omega

            Step 2: dilute the topic in hand.

          • Rudy1947

            LOL, which topic?

          • Omega

            Almost at step 3: ridicule, laugh, mock to tap out.

            You can’t actually be this predictable. (laughing)

          • Rudy1947

            Translation: You have nothing else to offer.

          • Omega

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

            Yes, because you ever do.

          • Rudy1947

            Don’t see anything. Still waiting.

          • Omega

            I tell you what: go back in the discussion and tell me if you ‘offered’ anything. Then we can talk. Matter of fact, go back in any of your comment and tell if you ever offered anything.

            You can do it Roodie.

          • Rudy1947

            Waiting for you offer anything.

          • Omega

            I’ll make you the best offer of them all: fvck off.

          • Hind Abyad

            Wait for the Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..

          • Omega

            He already did! 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            Well, that Rutzy rusty opinion

          • Matrix

            mi like www3 u zionist goim

          • 5thDrawer

            ( oh oh .. forgot to switch characters there Matty. ;-))

          • Matrix

            Matty. ;-)) good money from goyim $$$ oh oh u arabic stupid zionist

          • 5thDrawer

            Wasn’t that called ‘Armageddon’ in some old books?
            Just had to wait until they could actually do it.

          • Rudy1947

            Was the Ak-47 mentioned in those old textbooks?

          • 5thDrawer

            Dork. Couldn’t wipe the planet of life with an AK-47, even if you tried.

          • Rudy1947

            The Jihadists are trying. It’s far cheaper than million dollar aircraft and six digit missiles.

          • 5thDrawer

            Well I won’t have to worry about that, will I. Took them 1500 years to reach Europe. :-))))

          • Omega

            With a ‘little’ help of the West. 😉

          • Hind Abyad

            Arabs were in Andalusia in 1000 and brought Enlightenment to Mediaeval Europe. West brought destruction, ISIS, barbarity, rivers
            of blood

          • Rudy1947

            As the song goes, what have you done for me lately.

          • Hind Abyad

            The parasites song.

          • Rudy1947

            Quite correct. The ME parasites buying everything they need since they can’t produce it themselves.

          • Hind Abyad

            Quite incorrect; Andalusia has nothing to do with the British creation of Saudi Arabia.

          • Omega

            The Jihadists are trying.

            HAHAHA!!! The way you said it could not have been more American – but there again: you are American.

          • Rudy1947

            You finally got something right, I am American.

          • Omega

            High5?

          • Hind Abyad

            US and West created the Jihadists

          • Rudy1947

            Sure they did, the Muslim Jihadists are never at fault for anything. Unless of course it serves your purpose.

          • Omega

            There is a difference between containing them (like Saddam and Gaddafi) did and unleashing and allowing them to wage mayhem in arming/supporting them like the UK, USA, IsraHell, Turkey and the Gulf do.

          • Rudy1947

            I guess the various Arab groups are totally unreliable and can’t function without total and brutal control.

          • Omega

            Point is: the West support Jihadists and then claim to fight them.

          • Rudy1947

            The East, North and South of somewhere support the Jihadists.

          • Omega

            That ‘East, North and South’ is Anglo-America and their puppets.

          • Rudy1947

            North is Iran, Russia, East is Saudi Arabia, Qatar and South is Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Somalia.

          • Omega

            Iran and Russia do not support Wahhabi Jihadist. Stop making stuff up.

          • Rudy1947

            They support Hizzbilly Jihadists and anyone against the US, EU and Israel.

          • Omega

            Once again: quit making stuff up and most importantly: educate yourself.

            Jihadists are Sunni, not Shia.

          • Rudy1947

            LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Take your own medicine.

          • Omega

            The term jihadist is almost exclusively used to describe Sunni extremists

            Now, fvck off.

          • Rudy1947

            “almost”.

          • Omega

            You’re far from ‘almost’.

          • Hind Abyad

            Farwest

          • Hind Abyad

            Not almost but exclusively comes from Sunni Wahhabi doctrine so nothing to with RuzzzzLOLOLOLOL ignorance.

          • Hind Abyad

            What a bore..

          • Hind Abyad

            So you admit ISIS is pro US, EU, Israel, and vice-versa.

          • Hind Abyad

            So you admit ISIS is pro US, EU, Israel and vice-versa.

          • Rudy1947

            NO.

          • Hind Abyad

            Sorry that what it means.

          • Rudy1947

            ROFL!!!

          • Hind Abyad

            Usual brain “ROFL Of Order”

          • Hind Abyad

            A useful clown

          • Hind Abyad

            You mean Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam, global Jihad?

          • Omega

            Trivia: did you know the Russian AK-47 is based on the German Sturmgewehr 44, designed by Hugo Schmeisser?

          • Rudy1947

            Thank you me boy for the info, but a common knowledge info.

          • Omega

            Welcome but I am not sure how ‘common’ it is. To you, maybe.

          • Rudy1947

            Watch the History Channel.

          • Omega

            No thanks.

          • 5thDrawer

            They all build on each other’s designs … or steal the plans. :-)))

          • Omega

            Many German scientists ended up in the Soviet Union were they were forced to work, and contribute military knowledge. This was one of those occasions.

          • Rudy1947

            Many ended up in the US. NASA is grateful.

          • Omega

            I knew that but that too, ‘common’ is relative.

            The brain migration from Germany to the USA was planned to make the USA the next world power after WW2. Does History Channel tell you that?

          • Rudy1947

            Nobody could predict that, history is hindsight and always 20/20.

          • Omega

            Nobody minus the Anglo-American bankers.

          • Rudy1947

            zzzzzzzzz

          • Omega

            Religion is selective to you. You’re atheist but not when it comes to Pharisaism (aka Judaism).

            Knowledge is also selective with you. You recommend History Channel but when the same History Channel sheds lights one unknown or contradictory elements, you negate it.

            You’re a bigot with selective tendencies. An interesting species that would make behavioral scientists and psychologists droll. On the other hand, think-tanks would high-5 each other in looking at you.

          • Rudy1947

            Step number 1, diversion.

          • Hind Abyad

            Copying? You already did your Zzzzzzz….

          • Rascal

            “You’re a bigot with selective tendencies.”
            Do you know how lame that sounds. Are you one of those sensitive types?

          • Omega

            That’s the best you do? No allusion to Hezbollah or Iran?

          • Hind Abyad

            Hypocrite, every move is planned 100 years ahead.

          • Rudy1947

            Sure they are. But “what if” something else happens?

          • Hind Abyad

            Go to bed.

          • Rudy1947

            Soon. In the mean time do you have something that is relevant?

          • Hind Abyad

            I deleted the Zzzzzzzz.. “what if” something else happens, it happened.

          • Hind Abyad

            Hypocrite, every move is planned 100 years ahead.

          • Rascal

            There is no American rocket program, it is a German Program.

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes. But the ones who (read ‘Gulag Archipelago’) ended up in Russia looked out their windows at the street-sweepers and realized they were getting paid the same while being locked inside ‘secret labs’, and then decided they could work a little slower or less frequently. Eventually they got some extra ‘perks’ when some admitted that really not everyone thinks they are equal. :-))
            Some also walked to better-paid prospects elsewhere – or to places they were allowed to think more freely or take a vacation without a spy dragging along.
            But these days, USA gives both the vacation and the spies, along with much better pay.
            Which helps in the ‘feeling’ of satisfaction in one’s trade, I suppose. 😉

          • Rascal

            Yes, I have one hanging on my wall.

          • Omega

            Bwahaha.

    • Rascal

      What is your point? the US make weapons and sells them same as many other countries. The US used to sell to Iran till they got brain damage 37 years ago.

      • Hind Abyad

        CIA-assisted coup overthrows democratly elected government of Iran
        http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cia-assisted-coup-overthrows-government-of-iran

        • Rudy1947

          Too bad Mossadegh screwed Britain after Britain set up their oil industry.

          • 5thDrawer

            As did Israel. Too bad.

          • Rudy1947

            Don’t seem to remember an oil industry in Israel.

          • 5thDrawer

            If you want to write about two different actions, then don’t put two in one sentence.
            I picked the first.

          • Rudy1947

            If you want to be specific, then be specific.

          • 5thDrawer

            That’s what I said.

          • Hind Abyad

            “Don’t seem to remember”

          • Rudy1947

            Brilliant, that’s exactly what I said. Is that important for you?

          • Hind Abyad

            Well..i was quoting you, that’s what crooks say.

          • Rudy1947

            Really, do tell me all about it.

          • Hind Abyad

            Born idiot will die idiot.
            While Syria is torn apart by the warring of U.S. imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists—leaving its children to die of starvation—another country plans to take advantage of the chaos by stealing resources from Syria’s southern region. The theft will be carried out by the most notorious pushers of military hegemony, and they don’t care that it violates international law.

          • Rudy1947

            What does that have to to do with Israeli oil?

          • Hind Abyad

            ‘In 2011, the French firm had an exclusive contract with the Syrian government to provide technical support for that year’s Syrian International Offshore Bid Round for firms to explore, develop and produce oil and gas from three offshore blocks in the Mediterranean Sea by the Syrian coast’.

            In 2011 West started Moslem Brotherhood FSA “rebels revolution” with help from Robert Ford US ambassador in Syria, as before in Iraq, Ford was US Ambassador, Bush Blair invented fake proof for destroying the country..err countries.
            https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/western-firms-plan-to-cash-in-on-syria-s-oil-and-gas-frontier-6c5fa4a72a92#.j16yfgnay

          • Hind Abyad

            You just justified US oil interests over Democracy.
            Same in Middle East “oil pipes” over “blood pipes”.

          • Omega

            Exactly.

          • Rudy1947

            Offer that excuse to the world and who has benefited from ME oil.

        • Rascal

          You are correct, this is well documented, bravo. But as history has alrready shown, the Shah had a lot less blood on his hands compared to the cruel ayatoolahs/mullahs, which murders it own people with impunity and in record breaking numbers. This is also a well documented fact. I guess evil dictators are good if you don’t have to live under them., eh’ Hind.

          • Hind Abyad

            And who installed the Shah, eh Rascal, are you naive or uninformed?
            ‘Our Man in Iran: How the CIA and MI6 Installed the Shah’
            http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34090.htm

          • Rascal

            Why tell me the obvious, when the merely obvious will do?

            I assumed you had already figured that out, I am not giving lessons.

          • Hind Abyad

            You affirmed the Shah had lot less blood on his hands less. OK.

        • Matrix

          Are you sure?
          This is not documented any ware.