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Yemen’s Houthis Downed US Drone, CENTCOM Blames Iran – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2019

And US drones are helping bomb hospitals and school buses in Yemen because?

We are helping Saudi Arabia build their pan Sunni Islamic state. We do their dirty in Iraq and Syria. SA and Israel want US to fight their battle in Iran.

What happens when Saudi Arabia, The 9/11 attacker, decides they don’t need US anymore?

https://news.antiwar.com/2019/06/16/yemens-houthis-downed-us-drone-centcom-blames-iran/

In a continuing effort to try to pin everything that goes wrong for the US on Iran, a new statement by CENTCOM is claiming that a MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down on June 6 in Yemeni airspace, by the Houthis, and they are alleging it was “with Iranian assistance.”

The basics of the incident are that the US government-operated drone was flying over Yemeni airspace when it was shot down with a 2k12, a Soviet-era anti-aircraft system which Yemen has been known to be in possession of since well before the Saudi invasion.

There is no reason to think this needs to be Iran, and despite CENTCOM claiming that the successful shoot down was ‘an improvement over previous Houthi capability,” all that really means is they’d never successfully hit a US drone before with weapons that they’ve plainly had all along.

Indeed, the Houthis have paraded 2k12 vehicles around publicly since ousting the Hadi government in 2015. That they’ve not been used more is reflective of the Saudis using highly advanced US-made bombers of modern pedigree, and the 2k12’s being the height of late 1960’s Soviet technology. Drones have substantially fewer capabilities, and unsurprisingly for an unmanned vehicle that sometimes gets shot down by a guy with a rifle or a bow and arrow, the 2k12 was more than up to the task…

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Yemen’s Houthis claim seizing 20 positions in Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia News | Al Jazeera

Posted by M. C. on June 7, 2019

Five years of war. Tens of thousands of dead children.

Victims (allegedly) of one of the poorest places on earth fight back and invade SA.

If only the Pentagram was running the show…oh, wait…

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/yemen-houthis-claim-seizing-20-positions-saudi-arabia-190606030429810.html

Yemen‘s Houthi group has claimed that its forces crossed the border into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against them, and took control of more than 20 positions.

Speaking to Yemen’s SABA news agency, Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarei said on Wednesday that the military sites in the kingdom’s southwestern Najran province were captured in a “surprise” offensive carried out over the past three days.

The spokesman said that more than 200 personnel affiliated with the Saudi-UAE-led military coalition battling the Houthis had been killed or wounded, while many others were captured along with large quantities of military equipment.

“We have extensive video footage of the operation which will be broadcast later,” Sarei was quoted as saying.

His claims could not be independently verified. There was no immediate comment from Saudi Arabia or the military coalition…

Yemen’s latest conflict broke out in late 2014 when the Houthis, allied with forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, seized much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa…

Since then, tens of thousands of civilians and combatants have been killed and as many as 85,000 children may have starved to death.

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This is why America is persecuting Julian Assange, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

Posted by M. C. on June 3, 2019

Yemeni experts on the conflict say that Houthi arms acquisition today has likewise little to do with Iran. Yemen has always had a flourishing arms black market in which weapons, large and small, can be obtained in almost any quantity if the money is right. Anti-Houthi forces, copiously supplied by Saudi Arabia and UAE, are happy to profit by selling on weapons to the Houthis or anybody else.

http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/this-is-why-america-is-persecuting-julian-assange/

However, it was the friendly US official and I who were being naive, forgetting that the real purpose of state secrecy is to enable governments to establish their own self-interested and often mendacious version of the truth by the careful selection of “facts” to be passed on to the public. They feel enraged by any revelation of what they really know, or by any alternative source of information. Such threats to their control of the news agenda must be suppressed where possible and, where not, those responsible must be pursued and punished.

We have had two good examples of the lengths to which a government – in this case that of the US – will go to protect its own tainted version of events. The first is the charging of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for leaking 750,000 confidential military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

The second example has happened in the last few days. The international media may not have always covered itself in glory in the war in Yemen, but there are brave journalists and news organisations who have done just that. One of them is Yemeni reporter Maad al-Zikry who, along with Maggie Michael and Nariman El-Mofty, is part of an Associated Press (AP) team that won the international reporting Pulitzer prize this year for superb on the ground coverage of the war in Yemen. Their stories included revelations about the US drone strikes in Yemen and about the prisons maintained there by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The US government clearly did not like this type of critical journalism. When the Pulitzer was awarded last Tuesday in New York Zikry was not there because he had been denied a visa to enter the US. There is no longer a US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, but two months ago he made his way to the US embassy in Cairo where his visa application, though fully supported by AP and many other prestigious institutions, was rejected.

After AP had exerted further pressure, Zikry made a second application for a visa and this time he was seen by a Counsellor at the embassy. He reports himself as asking: “Does the US embassy think that a Yemeni investigative journalist doing reporting for AP is a terrorist? Are you saying I am a terrorist?”

The Counsellor said that they would “work” on his visa or, in other words, ask the powers-that-be in Washington what to do. “So, I waited and waited – and waited,” he says. “And, until now I heard nothing from them.”

Of course, Washington is fully capable of waiving any prohibition on the granting of a visa to a Yemeni in a case like this, but it chose not to.

Can what Assange and Wikileaks did in 2010 be compared with what Zikry and AP did in 2019? Some commentators, to their shame, claim that the pursuit of Assange, and his current imprisonment pending possible extradition to the US or Sweden, has nothing to with freedom of expression.

In fact, he was doing what every journalist ought to do and doing it very successfully...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Iran has provided the Houthis “with the missile system, the hardware, the military capability” that they have acquired.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that Iran risked a “very strong response” from the US for, among other things, drone attacks by the Houthis on Saudi Arabia for which he holds the Iranians responsible.

These accusations by the US, Saudi Arabia and whoever is their Yemeni ally of the day that the Houthis are stooges of Iran armed with Iranian-supplied weapons has a long history. But what do we know about what Washington really thinks of these allegations which have not changed much over the years?

This where Wikileaks comes to the rescue. Read the rest of this entry »

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US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

Posted by M. C. on May 15, 2019

U.S. Central Command said Ghika’s remarks “run counter to the identified credible threats” from Iranian-backed forces.

The UK isn’t following the warmonger script.

After 17 plus years of constant war, we have to bail.

At least our people aren’t standing on the roof waiting for a chopper.

https://apnews.com/d2fc57fd74bb45eabdcc15338277ed2d

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran.

Recent days have seen allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.

At the root of this appears to be President Donald Trump’s decision a year ago to pull the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, embarking on a maximalist sanctions campaign against Tehran. In response, Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat Tuesday, saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels.

The movement of diplomatic personnel is often done in times of conflict, but what is driving the decisions from the White House remains unclear. A high-ranking British general said there was no new threat from Iran or its regional proxies, something immediately rebutted by the U.S. military’s Central Command, which said its troops were on high alert, without elaborating…

The unspecified threats reported by U.S. last week from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and American interests contradicted remarks by British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior officer in the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group. He said Tuesday that “there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.”

Later, in a rare public rebuttal of an allied military officer, U.S. Central Command said Ghika’s remarks “run counter to the identified credible threats” from Iranian-backed forces. In a statement, Central Command said the coalition in Baghdad has increased the alert level for all service members in Iraq and Syria.

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Dying for nothing in the middle of nowhere. How is this defending the USA?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Is Washington Backing Saudi Starvation Policy In Yemen?

Posted by M. C. on July 15, 2018

This has turned into Ron Paul day. What a great site!

As the Saudis attack the Yemeni port town of Hodeidah, the stated goal is to starve the residents into opposing the Houthi forces controlling the city. The US is actively participating in what is clearly a war crime against civilians. Why?

Saudi Arabia, oil, Israel, money. Lots of reasons-none good for US.

We are hear to win your hearts and minds or we will starve you to death.

They talk about the radical sympathizing White Helmets in Syria. Of course the US supports them.

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The US Is Blatantly Telling Lies as It Tries to Turn the World Against Iran

Posted by M. C. on December 31, 2017

http://theantimedia.org/houthi-missiles-not-made-in-iran/

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(ANTIMEDIA)  It’s no secret that the Trump administration has a strong distaste for Iran. Iran is one of the only issues on which the U.S. president has remained relatively consistent. Trump berated the country both before and after taking office.

However, Trump’s anti-Iran strategy goes against the better judgment of even the most anti-Iranian advisors in his staff who don’t want to see the U.S. isolated on the world stage. Fortunately for Trump, however, he is not alone in his bid to isolate and demonize Iran at all costs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit one million – ICRC

Posted by M. C. on December 22, 2017

This is included in US civilian war death stats, right?

http://news.trust.org/item/20171221102014-v3i67

* Fastest growing outbreak on record, although likely overestimate

* Cholera epidemic will return in 2018

* Diphtheria spreading, with shortage of anti-toxin

* 8 million Yemenis on brink of famine (Adds quotes from MSF coordinator in Yemen) Read the rest of this entry »

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The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

Posted by M. C. on April 10, 2017

Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the number of Yemenis who have died of malnutrition-related conditions, it is likely that the figure is much higher than the estimate of 10,000 killed directly by the Saudi-coalition bombing. United Nations agencies have estimated that 462,000 Yemeni children under five years of age are already suffering severe acute malnutrition, putting them at serious risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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