US Sends Navy Destroyer Off Yemen Coast As Tensions With Iran Rise

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While there were some hopes President Trump would demilitarize US presence in the Middle East, they are quickly getting dashed with every passing day, and following Trump's announcement last week he would implement "safe zones" in Syria which would boost US troop presence in the region, on Friday US officials announced they had moved a Navy destroyer -the USS Cole, which in 2000 was infamously attacked by terrorists while on dock in Yemen's Aden harbor - off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, according to Reuters, citing heightened tension between Washington and Tehran.

More details from Reuters

The USS Cole arrived in the vicinity of the Bab al-Mandab Strait off southwestern Yemen where it will carry out patrols including escorting vessels, the officials said.


While U.S. military vessels have carried out routine operations in the region in the past, this movement is part of an increased presence there aimed at protecting shipping from the Iran-allied Houthis, they said.


The Houthis are allied to Iran, which is at odds with new U.S. President Donald Trump over its recent test launch of a ballistic missiles. Trump said on Thursday that “nothing is off the table” in dealing with Iran, a day after his national security adviser, Michael Flynn said he was putting Iran “on notice.”

On Friday, tensions with Iran increased further on Friday when the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on 13 people and 12 entities under U.S. Iran sanctions authority.

Earlier this week Houthi insurgents reportedly attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen, causing an explosion that killed two crew members. That incident was part of an escalation in combat on Yemen's western coast between the militia and the coalition backing the country's internationally recognized government. 

An explosion is seen onboard what is believed to be a Saudi
warship, off the western coast of Yemen, earlier this week

It followed a similar escalation last October, the U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes to knock out three coastal radar sited in areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks on another U.S. destroyer.   

For now, the US position on the Yemen war is to remain closely alligned with Saudi Arabia, which continues its relentless bombing campaign of the sovereign nation, in the process killing thousands of innocent civilians. The quid-pro-quo for the US remains a familiar one: selling equipment, ammunition and supplies to Riyadh, and generally not changing the course of US diplomacy in the region.

Meanwhile, as US builds up a navy presence around Yemen, here is the latest positioning of US naval forces around the globe.

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Senduko's picture

so after 8 years of bashing Russia its now 4 years bashing China and Iran?


Il Dottore's picture
Il Dottore (not verified) Senduko Feb 3, 2017 12:03 PM

ISRAEL is in dA WHITE HOUSE. Could it be.... they are the ones behind Wiki Leaks and Assange? Just sayin'...

Jim Sampson's picture

Great!  So now we're sending freedom to Iran? 


Oh yeah, good idea. *rolls eyes*

NidStyles's picture

That destroyer is serving US interests, how again?

eforce's picture

Basically Houthi's keep blowing up Saudi ships and supposedly the US are there to take out the Anti-Ship Missiles.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) eforce Feb 3, 2017 5:27 PM

I think President Trump will avoid large conflicts but will make more use of U.S. quick surgical strike abilities when it benefits U.S. interests.

Perimetr's picture

A US attack on Iran is also going to send the US-Russian relationship into a tailspin. How much of a disaster this will be will depend on how bad the attack on Iran is, but while Russia will not militarily intervene in a US-Iranian conflict, Russia will not allow the US to get away with it either and the main political cost will be that an attack on Iran will further reinforce the Russian-Iranian-Chinese triangle

petar's picture

Its been only two weeks and already going to start a war. I thought he was elected to stop all wars.

1stepcloser's picture

as long as there are central bankers, there will be wars..

HowdyDoody's picture

The USN was feeling pissed off that the land guys (US SF) and the air guys (US-ISIS-AF) were getting all the action, and this comes along. I can feel an uptick in the USN appropriations as we speak.

FreeShitter's picture

He's going to make zionist israel, great again.

Il Dottore's picture
Il Dottore (not verified) FreeShitter Feb 3, 2017 12:17 PM

"He's going to make zionist israel, great again"


ThanksChump's picture

Get out of the ME, Mr. President. Nuke Riyadh on the way out, if you want to stop terrorism. Completely optional.


Jeez! I voted for you TO STOP THIS CRAP.

soyungato's picture

Same here. Although I must say I like Trump more and more base on his doing what he preaches, so far. The verdict is still out on gtetting us out of the Middle East and jailing of the bitch.

US should not be fighting Saudi's war, nor the chosen ones war. 

We are Trump's base we should make our voice heard ! 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" I thought he was elected to stop all wars."

I thought he was going to drain the swamp too.

George Bush happily bragged about being a War-time President. It appears that Trump will surpass even Bush in this regard. But this time he wont be able to keep it out of the UFSA for long, since he is starting a war with his own people. Moar Woar! Where is Slim Pickens?

ShorTed's picture

I thought that was Mars Attacks?

TwelveOhOne's picture

Yes.  You can't possibly be telling me these liberals are human, are you? :)

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Toshiro Mifune is almost as good as Slim. Thanks for the belly laugh. Made my day.

balolalo's picture



to  trump's, bannon's, the GOP's, and their oligarch's rhythm

all we need is a false flag, "incident", accident, whatever....

Déjà view's picture

Iran is on Trump/Bibi/Aipac radar...broadcast openly during don't smell so good anymore?

Blue pill...and plenty of bed rest...until 20/20 election...might improve poor tunnel vision...

general ambivalent's picture

You were stupid enough to believe a billionaire zionist with a fake tan, fake hair, and fake tv shows. Now be stupid enough to cheer him on and go to the glass parking lot. Stand by your (((man))).

Bush Baby's picture

boils down to either we accept a nuclear Iran or we don't

You'd think Iran would stop poking us with the missle tests.

I'm personally in favor of glassing over the entire middle east so mankind can move forward

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Trump has always been up-front about his love for Israel and disdain for Iran and China.  Those are all pluses if you're the deep state.  Syria was the wild card that could have gone either way and also the country I thought they would use to disrupt his relationship with Putin.  Now it looks like they won't even need to bother pulling off a false flag in Syria.  Like I in other threads, Trump's ego and temperament will get the best of him and is already being exploited with regards to Iran.  Trump was chosen to be their Manchurian candidate.  The only surprise is how quickly they were able to get him into a war mindset.  This will not end well for anyone.  It's only been a few weeks, but I'm sure Obama and Hillary have already been given the tour of their new underground living facilities.

king leon's picture

The US needs to choose it's victims carefully and Iran is not a good choice in her own backyard . 

screw face's picture


emersonreturn's picture

the saker hasn't been infalliable, he was adament about russia not intervening in crimera.  IMO, iran & russia are long standing friends, russia has many contracts, many very lucrative deals with iran.  iran has had russia's back in syria.  i think it's foolhardy for israel or the WH to assume russia will stand aside on this, hoping things don't get too bad.  putin standardly looks to the long play, how does ((ussa)) striking iran play short term?  is israel going to be satisfied with a one off strike?  if so for how long?

petar's picture

I think it was UK. They needed Trump more than anyone else after brexit

groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) Il Dottore Feb 3, 2017 12:10 PM

All wars are created by the Illuminati Free Masons, Zionists..   The US is just a proxy for Zionists.  Who's your daddy?

Abitcoinbrain's picture

2 countries without ROTHSCHILD CENTRAL BANKS!!!





jefferson32's picture

The Russian central bank is a member of the BIS.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Could it be.... they are the ones behind Wiki Leaks and Assange?"

Of course...It should be obvious to everyone here that Assange is 'Mossad Friendly'...

Contrary to the duped Dem's; it's been Israel all along...

HowdyDoody's picture

Strange you say this when all the Israel-specific info is available on the WikiLeaks site, but none of it was published by his MSM partners such as the New York Times.

Somebody is run by Israel but it ain't Assange.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

God bless the Houthis. Keep up the good work and fuck up those Saudi bastards.

BarkingCat's picture

Organize a gay pride parade in front of the Saudi Embassy. 

Grimaldus's picture

Been watching the Houthi-Saudi combat action propaganda on LiveLeak. Them Houthis are some nasty dudes. When they ATGM strike some Saudi stuff they chant a curse hoping for your death among other things. I would not waste blessings on them.

Hope DJT figures out we need to pull out of there and let them kill each other.







charlie303's picture
charlie303 (not verified) Shemp 4 Victory Feb 3, 2017 10:51 PM

Do they have oil?

Do they buy weapons from the West?

Then they are fucked.

halcyon's picture

White House does what Israel/Netanyahu wants and what benefits the MIC.

LONG: US defense contractors.



ThirdWorldDude's picture

What was it Dubya said again: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice and it becomes legal practice?

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"What was it Dubya said again: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice and it becomes legal practice?"

Unfortunately, this seems to be the case...

Raffie's picture

Read somewhere it was a medical ship they attacked andn nnot a warship.

Need to find the link.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Raffie Feb 3, 2017 12:07 PM

Check Haaretz or Jerusalem Post

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

It was a frigate, which by definition is a warship.

Raffie's picture

I know what it was, read about the attack like 30min after it happened.

The ship type kept getting changed and started that the ship was sunk all dead then later better details came out.

There is where I remember reading it was a medical ship. Think it was from

HowdyDoody's picture

Modern hospital ships are painted white and display large Red Crosses or Red Crescents to signify their Geneva Convention protection under the laws of war.

First "hospital ship" I've ever seen painted gray and disguised as a cruiser.

The central planners's picture

So.. Trump once again demostrating hes no different than its predecessors.