12 Killed After Saudi Military Helicopter Shot Down In Yemen

Tyler Durden's picture

A Saudi military Black Hawk helicopter has crashed in Yemen, killing at least 12 military personnel, Saudi's SPA news agency reported on Tuesday.

According to Al Arabiya the helicopter was shot down. Saudi Arabia's SPA news agency confirmed the account on Tuesday. However, there was no comment on the reason behind the incident.

The Saudi SPA news agency made the following announcement:

"the Coalition Forces Command in Support of Yemen Legitimate Government announced today that, on Tuesday morning 21/7/1438H (18/4/2017), a Black Hawk helicopter of the Saudi Armed Forces crashed while on a mission in Marib. The crash resulted in the martyrdom of four officers and eight rank officers of the Saudi armed forces. The investigations are ongoing to determine the causes of the accident. The Command pray to Almighty Allah to receive their souls into His mercy."

Military sources allied to Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement said the helicopter had been downed earlier in the day in Ma’rib province in northeastern Yemen, PressTV adds. They said at least 13 people, including military personnel from Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region, were on board the copter when it crashed. The Saudi media said 12 troops were killed.

Military officials in Saudi Arabia swiftly confirmed the downing but said it was mistakenly targeted by a missile interception system in Ma’rib that was operated by the United Arab Emirates. Yemenis said, however, that armed forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied to Houthis, shot down the aircraft with surface-to-air missiles.

Riyadh said the fatalities included Saudi special forces and crew members. It said an investigation had been launched to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Saudi Arabia launched its campaign against Yemen in March 2015 with the alleged goal of pushing back the Houthis from the capital, Sana’a, and to reinstate a Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the president who has resigned and is a staunch ally of Riyadh. The campaign, which lacks any international mandate and has faced increasing criticism, has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people, most of them civilians.

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nachochan's picture

Blackhawk down V2

manofthenorth's picture

What do you call 12 dead Saudis ??


Harlequin001's picture

What a terrible fucking shame.


Ghost of Porky's picture

12 dead Saudis x 72 virgins each = one raging party in Hell tonite!

Chuck Norris's picture

Honestly.... I know the Saudi's are our "friends" and "allies" but.... I don't really feel bad at all. I kind of chuckled.

Ignatius's picture

Can't wait for the movie: Blackhawk War Criminals Down.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Every time a Wahhabi, Zionist, ISIS or IDF dies in combat (that they started!) an angel gets its wings.

jmarshally's picture

Thanks! Now wiping atomized beer off of computer screen.

TheGardener's picture

Because me my little possible repondents only fly little precious things. Big high flying boris lowering himself down to real pilots ?

Dave's picture

They don't know the difference and neither do most people.

giovanni_f's picture

"another replacement order opportunity"

-- MIC

The central planners's picture

Nothing better than the smell of saudies terrorist burning in the morning.

PT's picture

Why woz there a Saudi military chopper in Yemen?  Was he lost?  Maybe a Saudi man bought it from a Yemeni man and he was just taking it home but forgot to pay the Yemeni man first.  Is there a war on or something?  I'd better turn on my TV.  Surely they will tell me what is happening.

PT's picture

Or is this a set-up so Trump can bomb Yemen too?  How many countries can you bomb in one year?  Let's see if we can get the high score.

Nobody For President's picture

Sorry about that MOAB on Jizzan - was going for Sa'dah, but all those desert towns look alike, you know?

Another one on the way... 

subversion's picture

Trump forgot to bomb Egypt.....oh the dead women and babies.

caconhma's picture

I am rating Trump's chances to complete even his first term in the office as ZERO.

Looney's picture


The Yemenis thought it was an UberCHOPPER and waived it dow with an RPG.   ;-)


new game's picture

or s.a. on way back with sex slaves abd lost control, lost control, get it?


BarkingCat's picture

A Choober? Or is it spelled Chuber?

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Spelling doesn't matter if it's kosher.

cstu7011's picture

Ahh Passover must be over... Izrahell is back to work!

holgerdanske's picture

Couldn't have happened to nicer people!

me or you's picture

What can I say guys? Best news of the day.

oddjob's picture

I love these feel good stories.

Wahooo's picture

A teal tear-jerker. Tears of laughter!

SoDamnMad's picture

A Blackhawk down (not ours) ain't shit compared to the Navy's lease to UAE of the HSV 2 Swift vessel that the Yemeni rebels toasted.  I am sure us taxpayers paid for it.


OH SNAP: Them Saudi's learn to fly but not how to land.

austinmilbarge's picture

True story. I went to Army flight school in the early 90s. There were a decent number of Saudis in my class. Flight instructors would tell stories of these Saudi students. When they got in an uncomfortable situation in the cockpit, they would take their hands off the controls and say "Allah will take care of it".

buzzardsluck's picture

Oh no! This is...whatever people say I guess.

pliny the longer's picture

so when is it ok to just admit the world is at war? 


roisaber's picture

Oh no! That's terrrrrrrible! Really!

Robert Trip's picture

Nice shot.

I'll drink to that.

HoserF16's picture

Finally, some GOOD NEW's!

Herdee's picture

Wahhabi's allied to Washington and London, get out.

mavenson's picture

What about this March 16th bombing? Wasn't there some thin red line or something? Or if they say they are bombing ISIS it's OK. Why is one bombing important and another is glanced over? https://www.rt.com/news/385146-hrw-syria-airstrike-mosque/

Robert Trip's picture

One for our Team!!!

Vageling's picture

Sikorsky is now taking orders. #MAGA

SpanishGoop's picture

I just hope this wasnt a lucky hit.

More please.


Davidduke2000's picture

Best news of the day, the underdogs won on this one.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

Dead Saudi killers is always good news.I hope more of them become martyrs.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

Dead Saudi killers is always good news.I hope more of them become martyrs.

Robert Trip's picture

12 less goat-fuckers on the planet.

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

"However, there was no comment on the reason behind the incident.

Speculating, perhaps Amero-Saudi hardware and those who operate it are not popular in Yemen.  Just a wild guess.