Saudi Arabia Orders Its National Guard To Enter Yemen War

Tyler Durden's picture

Over the better part of the past month, the only entities actively involved in the proxy war in Yemen against the local Houthi rebel force have been air force units, mostly under Saudi command as part of Operation "Decisive Storm." Which probably explains why there has been little if any progress to note in pushing back said rebellion which, armed heavily thanks to the US government, has successfully managed to push the current president into an indefinite exile.

That changed hours ago, when Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard, widely regarded as the kingdom's best equipped military ground force, to take part in Riyadh's campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.

As Reuters notes, "military operations in the campaign have so far been carried out by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Royal Saudi Land Forces, which answer to the Defense Ministry. The national guard is a separate military structure run by its own ministry."

Which means that what has been an airborne war until now is about to become a land war.

But it will hardly stop there: recall that two weeks ago we reported that in a sign of support for the Houthis, Iran had dispatched the 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy has left for the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait.

 

 

And, as we predicted, the US promptly retaliated with a naval dispatch of its own, and as was reported yesterday, "U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels fighting in Yemen."

That, or other Iran ships just generally in the vicinity.

And with US support in the Red Sea which will soon migrate north toward the true objective of this latest middle east conflict, Syria, one can be certain that Russia will not be far behind.

Especially if, as we are learning today, what was until recently "only" an air war is about to become a land war, likely one with naval reinforcements from all sides.

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1000yrdstare's picture

Good, Fight you own damn wars!...

Hype Alert's picture

oh well, nothing we can't print our way out of.

Arius.'s picture

Local government officials (municipalities) gathering now in Athens are saying they will not obey Central Government and give their funds (2 billion euros) to the Central Bank of Greece to pay IMF and the rest of the crew ... the money is needed to pay the salaries .... will see what's next

litemine's picture

Good.  The IMF is a Moral Fail. Those making decisions should be charged with their CRIMES.

Arius.'s picture

i dont see how can they do it ... even if they pay IMF this time, they will be in the same place a couple of months from now.  At the same time, ECB has closed all lines cutting off the lines to banks and central bank... it is like slaughtering time, no way to move just ahead even if you know what is waiting for you beyond that door...

Abitdodgie's picture

If they pay the IMF this time it will mean that they are a little more in debt ,and that is all that matters.

eatthebanksters's picture

Next the Quds forces will be deployed by Iran and World War 111 will start...while we're considering a $50 billion bribe and end of sanction to Iran in exchange for their 'promise' not to build nukes.  What kind of dumb fuckers do we have in our administration?  Are they that desparat to appease a lunatic regime?  All this will do is reward bad behavior and give them more money to buy arms and broaden the war in the mideast.   Fuck! Does Obama have a fucking clue or is he just a myopic turdball?

Theta_Burn's picture

What?

What kind of dumb fuck supports sanctions aimed at extracting 'promises' of any kind from any nation, who haven't attacked anyone else?

What kind of dumb fuckers do we have in our country?

ALL this 'lunacy' is a DIRECT result of 1 failed American foreign policy blunder after another..

There are 2-3 lunitic nations out there, Iran isn't even in the top ten...

Publicus's picture

Democratic uprising in Saudi Arabia to topple the king?

I M DeMan's picture

Teddy would be proud.

 

 

... or would he?

eatthebanksters's picture

So all you folks who are supportive of Iran don't believe they have sponsored terrorism?  You don't think they will follow through on their threats to wipe Israel off the map or 'Death to America'?  In light of their involvement with Hamas and what's happening in the mideast right now I take those threats seriously.

Paveway IV's picture

Iran isn't a threat to anyone. That's just the narrative spewed by Israel, the MSM (and apparently this Tyler...)

"...But it will hardly stop there: recall that two weeks ago we reported that in a sign of support for the Houthis, Iran had dispatched the 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy has left [sic] for the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait..."

Nothing to do with the Houthis, just like the 33 other Iranian task fleets depolyed to the exact same place for almost the last decade. Everyone has their supposed 'anti-piracy' fleets bobbing around in the Gulf of Aden all the time non-stop to protect their shipping, just like Iran. They have to be rotated out every so often. Iran simply rotated their 33rd fleet for their 34th fleet right on schedule. Nothing changed because of the situation in Yemen. Each 'fleet' is a cruiser and some kind of helicopter landing ship. Total: two insignificant little warships.

"...And, as we predicted, the US promptly retaliated with a naval dispatch of its own, and as was reported yesterday, "U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen 

They neither retaliated nor reacted. In fact, they're doing the exact same thing the Iranian navy is doing: rotating the existing Persian Gulf carrier group (Carl Vinson) with the Roosevelt..

They either want to make sure the Vinson goes down during a false flag (attributed to Iran) or they intend to bomb the crap out of something from their ultimate station in the Persian Gulf. Maybe both. Their Persian Gulf position will put them right off the shores of Iran, allowing for a plausable 'Iran sank us with a Fateh-110' false-flag. The navy can't suffer another embarrassing situation like they did with the Liberty. If they use the Vinson in a false-flag, it HAS to go down immediately and there can't be any survivors. No Iranian action necessary - the U.S. probably has the Vinson wired for demo or has a backpack nuke stowed away on board. They can blow it at will and then supply MSM-digestable 'evidence' that it was Iran. Israel is absolutely furious at the U.S. for not starting the war with Iran yet so the Israeli-firster U.S. powers will resort to desperate measures. It has to be something so serious that Obama can't or won't intervene. 

"...and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels fighting in Yemen."..."

It's against international martime law to stop and search a ship without the consent of the other ship - the U.S. Navy had no legal authority to do so. The U.N. Security Council resolution last week created an excuse for the Navy to go on a fishing exedition by randomly stopping Iranian ships to look for arms. In fact, it is meant to provoke the Iranians to set them up for the false flag.

"...And with US support in the Red Sea which will soon migrate north toward the true objective of this latest middle east conflict, Syria, one can be certain that Russia will not be far behind..."

Just like all the other times Russia intervened in Syria? Putin supports Assad and Syria, but won't start WWIII over it. Russia isn't going to do anything when the U.S. puts ground troops in Syria to take out Assad. And the 'true objective' is and always will be Iran. Iraq and Syria are nothing but gateways to attack Iran, although the oil and gas pipeline routes would be nice.

"...Especially if, as we are learning today, what was until recently "only" an air war is about to become a land war, likely one with naval reinforcements from all sides..."

War? The objective in Yemen is ethnic cleansing - kill or drive out as many Zaidi Shia as possible. The bombing was designed to take out the civilian infrastructure and create a humanitarian crisis - eliminating the water supply and food distribution. Bombing consumer gas/petrol stations eliminates transport. Blocking Yemeni ports ensures no food or medical supplys get into Yemen.

The Saudis will throw a few token ground troops in for now, but not to any great degree. The point for the Saudis and ZATO is to bleed Yemen nearly to death by thirst, starvation and disease over a period of months. Serious troop insertions will only happen when the couple-of-million Yemeni dead goal is reached. By then, Saudi/U.S. can trot out the 'humanitarian crisis' excuse (they created) to invade Yemen with serious numbers of ground troops. The U.N. might try to elbow in on the action to lend a little credibility to their useless organization and flood Yemen with Blue Helmets.

[Edit: Changed to reflect CVN-70 Carl Vinson was relieved by CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt. The Vinson is reportedly out of the 5th Fleet's Area of Operations. I mistakenly said CVN John Stennis was the one relieving the Roosevelt in the Gulf of Oman - the Stennis is in San Diego]

This is from the Navy re Roosevelt:

06Apr2015,transited the Suez Canal and entered U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations

07Apr-08Apr2015, Red Sea

09Apr2015, Gulf of Aden

10Apr-12Apr2014, North Arabian Sea

13Apr2014, relieved the USS Carl Vinson CSG in the Gulf of Oman

14Apr-18Apr2015, Persian Gulf

19Apr2015, transited the Strait of Hormuz

19Apr-21Apr2014, North Arabian Sea

And the Vinson:

06Apr-12Apr2015, Persian Gulf

13Apr2015, relieved by the USS Theodore Roosevelt CSG in the Gulf of Oman

14Apr-15Apr2015, North Arabian Sea

16Apr2015, departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations


Condition 1SQ's picture

Anyone with nuclear material poses a potential strategic threat to any country.  At Qom, Iran can produce 20% enriched nuclear material.  That'll do just fine for a dirty bomb.  People don't realize that the hard part is enriching to 3%.  Once you've broken that barrier, 20% comes quickly.  From there, 90% is a snap, but the handling protocols are much more stringent (drop some material and even if it doesn't explode, you'll get pummeled with gamma radiation).  No one outside the AEOI knows whether they have enriched to a level that could be triggered by a PIT.

Anyway, anyone who thinks Iran poses no threat is completely and utterly full of shit.  Now, does that in and of itself mean we should intervene?  No.

Paveway IV's picture

"...At Qom, Iran can produce 20% enriched nuclear material.  That'll do just fine for a dirty bomb..."

And a dirty bomb?? Oh, Jesus - that's the weakest one yet. Saudi Arabia just used a depleted uranium DIME bomb in Western Saana at Fag Atan to (supposedly) take out a Houthi Scud stash. 10kg of 1% depleted uranium has the same amount of U-235 as a half-kg of 20% enriched urainium. You don't need to enrich to 20% for a dirty bomb, you just buy DIME bombs from the U.S. or Israel.

"...Once you've broken that barrier, 20% comes quickly.  From there, 90% is a snap..."

A snap?? That's what the psychopathic Nettanyahu keeps claiming, but that's proven to be a lie for what... ten years now? 

Iran has no intention of attacking anyone with any WMDs either offensively or defensively because it would result in Iran's destruction. Even a child understands that - why doesn't Israel? They're simply not going to do it BECAUSE it ensures their destruction. Israel is the one with a nuclear Sampson option, not Iran. Israel has nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on subs off the coast of Iran right now, don't they? 

And I could care less about the rants of some obscure Iranian politician OR the crazy, past rants of the Ayatollah about the destruction of Israel. That's not proof of anything but politician crazy talk. That's like listening to John McCain's rants and somehow claiming they're official policy of the United States.

"...Anyway, anyone who thinks Iran poses no threat is completely and utterly full of shit..."

How convenient - lumping Nettanyahu's paranoia in with some collective notion of threat to the global community. The question of Iran's imaginary threat to Israel has absolutely nothing to do with Iran's actual threat to the U.S. (or Norway or Vanuatu or the rest of the planet, for that matter). Any known nuclear-armed facist state is a threat - Israel is close to the top of that list. Iran isn't even a credible 'maybe' on that list - except in Western MSM.

Condition 1SQ's picture

You're way too emotional to make a coherent argument.  You don't understand the process of uranium enrichment, for starters.  Unfortunately, a lack of expertise in nuclear engineering doesn't stop guys like you from posting.  I'll just end it at that.

Razor_Edge's picture

All IAEA inspections found no diversion of nuclear materials from permitted use under the the non proliferation agreement. Furthermore, all US intel agencies stated twice in recent years that Iran did not have a nuclear weapons program and they stated this with a high degree of confidence. But clearly you know better. Asshole.

Condition 1SQ's picture

What they say and what they know to be true are two different animals.  But hey, what do I know.  I'm just a random ZH poster.

nailgunnin4you's picture

But hey, what do I know.

 

You have provided us no knowledge, only wild speculation to justify your irrational fears, or am I missing something?

Condition 1SQ's picture

Wild speculation.  Irrational fears.  Sorry, my post has none of that.  If you want emotional pseudo-science, look no further than Paveway's post.  It's your choice, I frankly don't give damn.

nailgunnin4you's picture

Wild speculation.  Irrational fears.  Sorry, my post has none of that. 

 

People don't realize that the hard part is enriching to 3%.  Once you've broken that barrier, 20% comes quickly.  From there, 90% is a snap, but the handling protocols are much more stringent 

 

Anyway, anyone who thinks Iran poses no threat is completely and utterly full of shit.

 

Both quotes are the wildly retarded speculations of mary's frightened little lamb. Please provide evidence to support your feeling Iran poses a threat. I'll provide the evidence you are an idiot with a hurt butt:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/HPV0g.jpg

nailgunnin4you's picture

Iran isn't a threat to anyone. That's just the narrative spewed by Israel, the MSM (and apparently this Tyler...)

 

 

Yes it seems the butthurt bloc managed to pull off an impressive coup de grâss in having one of their own write under the Tylernym now. Kudos butthurt bloc kudos. 

 

In a vain attempt to quell their inexorable fear of the other I provide this link in the hope a picture heals a thousand butthurts:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/HPV0g.jpg

rum_runner's picture

Just... fricking... default... already.  

Freddie's picture

As long as givt workers, cops and the army get paid in Greece - life is good.  the citizens get screwed.

kliguy38's picture

they're not though.....we've got heavy spec ops and mercs within their ground troops so don't think those troops are theirs.......

weburke's picture

elites must want a new place to land and live. 

Stumpy4516's picture

And they have Putin's assistance as well.  Putin gave his consent for the sanctions against the rebels in Yemen.  Thus cutting off the flow of supplies, ammunition (both small arms and heavy) and creating a situation where the rebels will become depleated and vulnerable.

Well played again Putin.  Maybe you are the chess player, only you are so coy they do not see you only pretend to play against the NWO when you are playing against those who support you or see some hope for the take over to be stopped due to you.

angel_of_joy's picture

You're wrong ! Russia abstained on that one. It only agreed initially with a general embargo (applicable to all sides), which was not included in the final resolution. Hence the abstention...

Stumpy4516's picture

You need to understand how the UN SC works.  You can agree and vote yes, you can disagree and vote no which stops the action from occuring or you can abstain which means you have allowed the action to be approved and to occur (but you get to play politics and try to deny accountability).

All Putin had to do is to vote NO.  Simply push a button.  The rebels were already engaged and the Saudis were already geared up to try to overpower the rebels with the assistance of the West.  But no, Putin abstained which is the same as giving consent.  By simply voting NO there would be no UN embargo on supplies to the rebels.  In other words Putin was on board and in bed with the West again, or he is too afraid of upsetting the West to even push a button and vote NO.  (Is that the scary Putin people post about?)

disabledvet's picture

But what if the Rebel Alliance finds a weakness in our Deathstar and exploits it?????!!!!!!

Max Steel's picture

duh russia wasn't interested ane neither Iran because they are fighting regional war against alciada . Hoothi rebels are former president loyalists 

Bokkenrijder's picture

Good, Fight you own damn wars!...

I fully agree with you 1000yrdstare, but you know what the answer will be? "Good, pump your own oil!"

1000yrdstare's picture

That is correct!, we should have been off of that teet in the 70's...good thing we created the dept. of energy, I expect them to make us independent anyday now...(sarc needed?)

SethDealer's picture

"Good, Fight you own damn wars!..."

 

@ 1000 yardstare, couldnt have said it better myself

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Put down your KoolAid cup and don't be so naive.

The only reason the House of Saud remains in power is due to the deal they cut with Nixon/ Kissenger in the early 70's in exchange for the USD being established as the global Petrodollar for oil sales.

Without gold behind the USD it needed something to support it lest it became worthless. What better than Saudi oil and the U.S. military's Department of Attack rather than gold.

Mutual exchange of protection. Mutual dependence.

The U.S. made this war their war long ago. Just like so many others.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, no matter how exceptional you think you are.

When you sell your soul to the devil you keep dancing to his tune...

Same as it ever was.

Tracerfan's picture

A US-supported invasion of yet another nation, who would have thunk it?

Jacksons Ghost's picture

House of Saud is scared. i luv it. They hear the footsteps of doom.

HonkyShogun's picture

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of goat-molesters.

Freddie's picture

Methinks that things are not so good with them calling out their National (Praetorian) Guard.

I will take 30 to 60 year old miners and farmers with 60 year old recoiless rifles who are ethnic Russians in the Eastern Ukraine anytime over these clowns.   They would get these Saudi clowns in another cauldron (surrounded).  My guess it we will see it yet again in the Ukraine.  DPR PM Zakarchenko said there will be no Minsk 3 this time.

Miners do not give a shit and they have no fear.

JustObserving's picture

Not enough killing to satisfy the Saudis and their masters? Pakistan refused to do the killing for the Saudis in Yemen and so the National Guard is called up:

Yemen violence kills 944, injures 3,487: WHO


The violence raging in Yemen since late March has killed 944 people and injured 3,487 as of April 17, the World Health Organization said Tuesday (Apr 21).

The UN health agency said the numbers came from health facilities in Yemen, but the true figures are likely higher since many people are not making it to hospitals for treatment.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/yemen-violence-kills-944/17989...

Poundsand's picture

Shiite eschatology - when the King of Saud dies, it's on.  Looks like they are doing everything they can (Iranians) to make this come true. 

fauxhammer's picture

Next up, Operation Defecation Storm

Jacksons Ghost's picture

+100 And the clueless US public will never see it coming.

czarangelus's picture

The House of Saud can't seem to get its dick into the blender fast enough.

TheReplacement's picture

The House of Saud (omy) cannot get in and help AQAP expand fast enough.

BorisTheBlade's picture

To export its internal strife elsewhere, wonder who they learned that model from. Though the moment in future is not so distant when we see House of Saud crumbling, which will set off further chain reaction among US 'allies' in the region.