Yemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means

Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via,

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, officially known as Ansurallah, have vowed to intensify rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil infrastructure, warning that they are now manufacturing their own ballistic missiles to achieve those aims, the Financial Times reports.

The threat comes at a time when Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have begun to increase. Just this Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s air defense system intercepted four ballistic missiles over the southwestern region of Jizan. The debris of those missiles reportedly killed one person. Just a week prior, two other missiles were launched at the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) facilities on the Red Sea.

At the beginning of April, the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center noted that the Houthis claimed to have carried out three separate rocket attacks on Aramco facilities in ten days, including an attack on a Saudi oil tanker, which suffered some damage and led to the intervention of a coalition naval vessel, which in turn repelled the attack.

The Houthis also unveiled their new Badr-1 surface-to-surface weapon system (a heavy artillery rocket system) approximately a week prior, which the rebels claimed they had used to attack Aramco facilities.

Mohammed al-Boukhaiti, a member of the Houthi political council, also told the Financial Times that these attacks were “only the beginning of the response” to the death of Houthi leader Saleh al-Samad, who was killed by Saudi air strikes in April.

“Yemenis will not pass on the death of Samad easily and they will do their best to take revenge for him,” Mr. Boukhaiti said.

Boukhaiti also dismissed allegations that Iran has supplied the Houthis with sophisticated missiles, claiming instead that the rebels have been developing and manufacturing their own rockets and drones.

“The Yemenis have added new systems for manufacturing missiles, so more missiles are targeting Saudi Arabia as a part of an escalation,” Mr. Boukhaiti also said.

The claim that Iran is responsible for the Houthis’ supply of arms is one that continues to skim the surface of mainstream discourse without being bolstered by any hard, credible evidence.

Despite this, these recent developments are raising fears that the war in Yemen may begin to spiral out of control even more so than it has already in the last three years. As even the Financial Times admits, so far into the conflict Saudi Arabia has struggled to make any decent advancement against the rebels. It is also worth noting that in recent times, the Houthis’ confidence only appears to be strengthening, and these recent attacks targeting vital Saudi infrastructure may only improve their standing in the conflict.

According to Graham Griffiths, a consultant with Control Risks Group, these Houthi-led attacks have raised concerns for the safety of employees and assets even if the Houthis cannot exact any significant damage to the Saudi-led coalition.

“This perception of the risk is likely to greatly increase if even a single strike hits a sensitive target,” Griffiths said, according to the Financial Times. “The sustained pace of the attacks allows the Houthis to demonstrate that despite three years of war, they can still retaliate against a much more powerful foe.”

Most importantly — and largely missing from any serious analysis of this conflict — is Mr. Boukhaiti’s statement to the Financial Times that the Houthis will continue these attacks on Saudi Arabia until Riyadh “stops its aggression completely.”

As far as international law is concerned, Yemen is entitled to the right to defend itself from foreign aggression, including striking directly at Saudi Arabia, which is by all accounts the principal instigator of this conflict.

One might be inclined to believe a simple solution worth pursuing would be for the Saudi-led coalition to withdraw from its aggressive and criminal war in Yemen and allow Yemenis to conduct their own affairs.


DownWithYogaPants peopledontwanttruth Sat, 05/05/2018 - 14:54 Permalink

The CIA has a booth now?  What do they sell?  Sorrow and chaos?

Yikes.  If I was Saudi I'd think up a different way forward. 3 years and they can't make any headway against dirty feet in sandles?  Sounds like they might even have trouble against Antifa Soy Bois in designer jeans.

Mohamed Bad Salmon is quoted as saying "But but but there is oil under that land and we're depleted".

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Slack Jack east of eden Sat, 05/05/2018 - 17:54 Permalink


So, why was the first world war planned and executed?

To establish Israel.

The plan was already well known in 1853.

"The subversion of the Turkish Power will evidently occasion, as all seem to anticipate, a fearful general war. This war will, I believe, be the last under the present order of things. It will commence, indeed, in Europe: but,... it will pass into Palestine.... and, in the course of its evolutions, Israel will be restored."

The quote is from George Faber's 1853 book on the downfall of the Turkish power and the return of the ten tribes.

It mostly came true:

"The subversion of the Turkish Power [the Ottoman Empire] will evidently occasion, as all seem to anticipate, a fearful general war [the first world war]. This war will, I believe, be the last under the present order of things [a new world order]. It will commence, indeed, in Europe [with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914]: but,... it will pass into Palestine [western troops entered Palestine early in 1917].... and, in the course of its evolutions [the second world war in 1939], Israel will be restored [Israel was created in 1948]."

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JohninMK Slack Jack Sat, 05/05/2018 - 18:15 Permalink

You can tell when things are turning bad, the US steps up the number of special forces it deploys.

That is exactly what is happening now, pictures of US boots on the ground in social media. The fight is about to turn real nasty and about as asymmetric as it can get, high tech US forces verses light infantry wearing flip flops.

Another unwinnable war for the US to stick its nose into.

Still, no doubt a few more wedding parties are going to get hit, these guys are getting pretty skilled at that, by accident of course!

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LaugherNYC Slack Jack Sat, 05/05/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

So the flea bit the elephant, knowing that it would cause it to take one step to the left and hit the coconut palm, dropping a nut on the back of a deer, which ran and got attacked by a lion, which was shot by a hunter, who took the trophy home to England, where the same flea, which had jumped off the elephant, landed on the deer, and then been embedded in the lion's fur, got out and bit an MP who went to scratch the bite later on, making the Speaker believe he was voting in favor of Balfour, and THERE IT WAS! The flea KNEW it would create the Jewish state!

Y'all are some crazy ass mothafuggahs.

Remember... Always Blame the Joos!™



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francis scott … LaugherNYC Sun, 05/06/2018 - 03:00 Permalink

 Always Blame the Joos!™

 Always Blame the Joos!™

 Always Blame the Joos!™


Isn't that exactly the way God planned it?  If

you always blame the Joos, then you never

blame God.  And He is responsible for

everything, including the fall of a sparrow.



By the way, Bubbie, the Speaker doesn't

count votes in Parliament. The two sides -

for and against - divide into separate

chambers and are counted as they exit.


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Kayman agela.lisa77 Sat, 05/05/2018 - 15:29 Permalink

Want to make far more than than $64,000 per year Sweetheart?  Spend $5,000 loading your tits will silicone bags, suck the dick of some recognizable name, preferably not a Dem, like a Clinton, then extort them for $130,000. Then after you've spent the money go back and say you had your fingers crossed behind your back when you signed and slipped away with the cash.

As gravity starts to drag those tired old tits down to your navel, remember to give up while you are ahead or after giving head.

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Big Whoop Benjamin123 Sun, 05/06/2018 - 03:13 Permalink

The western part of Saudi Arabia (some of it former Yemeni land) is thought to have very large oil reserves, but the terrain is very harsh and underdeveloped so it's too expensive to extract right now. Saudi Arabia also has a strategic objective of controlling the peninsula so that they only have to worry about their northern border. Over a century ago Saudi Arabia went to war against Yemen and took a big chunk of their land; now they're coming to take the rest. That earlier war led to the Houthi becoming a minority in Yemen (although the largest one at around 40%), as well as a small minority within Saudi Arabia. This act has made it easier for the long-term plan of ethnically cleansing the Houthi. Although KSA's invasion of Yemen has dragged on for years, it's not right to say that they've accomplished nothing. KSA has destroyed water treatment plants as well as many hospitals and schools. Their political efforts to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching the Houthi have been almost a complete success.

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garcam123 dratalux Sat, 05/05/2018 - 16:50 Permalink

So will the Saudis,....they'll be back to drinking camel blood and fucking no time!

Once China puts troops or construction personnel in Syria, it over for the cities collapse into drug and crime infested warrens ruled by gangs WITH guns, some worse than others.....former cops will be enforcers, welcome to Amerika, if you have no money.....your disposable shit......If you have a weapon or two, you and yours will be welcome in local the movie the Postman with Tom Petty, great movie!

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bonin006 directaction Sat, 05/05/2018 - 17:01 Permalink

It doesn't matter how much we import from Saudi Arabia. What is important is how much of the world demand is supplied by them. That is what will affect the price if Yemen can succeed in kicking them in the nuts. Even if the USA produced all the oil it needed, the price would go way up and the oil companies would make a pile of money, until the politicians passed price gouging laws, which would stop the oil companies from investing and then the USA would soon not be producing all it needed.

I am not advocating the USA should protect Saudi Arabia, just stating what I think could happen to oil prices.

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Lynn Trainor directaction Sat, 05/05/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

"just for pure evil joy the United Satans will bomb Yemen" - yep, America, once a protector of men and the beacon of hope and liberty, now thinks nothing of slaughtering the innocent for financial gain:

Yemen War Great For US Jobs: Watch CNN's Wolf Blitzer Proclaim Civilian Deaths Are Worth It

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