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Yemen update 1/18/2016..Saudi Led coalition strike in Sanaa, Yemen kills 20

Monday, January 18, 2016 20:11
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Saudi Led coalition strike in Sanaa, Yemen kills 20

Yemen: Headquarters of the target police aerial bombardments

The aerial bombardment of coalition led by Saudi Arabia in the center of Sanaa, capital of Yemen, has killed at least 22 people and wounding dozens of others.

The target was the police headquarters, so the majority of fatalities are agents.

According to unit members, quoted by EFE, there are still people missing in the rubble of the building that was totally destroyed.

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Saudi Arabia, GCC and Arab Coalition partners, Hadi government forces:

• Saudi Arabia intercepts more SCUDs fired at its territory from Yemen [Source]

• The Australian who was killed last month in Yemen has been listed as the Commander of the UAE President Guard, highlighting the different security UAE leadership has with foreign mercenary groups which are outside the control of the national military. [Source]

• Kuwait is now sending ground forces to Yemen. More meat for the grinder. [Source]

• A Bahraini F-16 seems to have been shot down by Yemeni forces, probably Yemeni Republic Guards operating the few anti-air missile batteries in the country. Some have claimed it may have been engine troubles but others noted its fall trajectory seems like it was shot down. [Source]

• As a reprisal to the Saudi Arabian embassy being stormed by rioters in Tehran, the KSA launched an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Yemen. [Source]

• Saudi Arabia continues to refuse to bomb ISIL targets inside Yemen [Source]

• Egyptian troops have arrived in Yemen at Aden to help the Hadi government. Unit composition is yet unclear, either an expeditionary battalion of armor and advanced infantry; perhaps a mechanized infantry battalion with an engineering detachment and service crews. [Source] [Source]

• Saudi Arabia, along with Israel, have been one of the primary sources of instability in the entire Middle East. The KSA and its financing and support of jihadists, salafists and wahhabists has literally devolved large portions of the Middle Eastern population. [Source]

• Saudi Arabia will apparently let Israel use its airspace to strike Iran. Rumors of this have been afloat since 2009 and chances are Israel and the KSA have already had an agreement to allow the IAF to strike Iran from Saudi Arabia for a long time. [Source]

• The United States, Saudi Arabia’s greatest ally, is providing the Saudi Arabian Air Force intelligence and the US Air Force is refueling their jet fights in the air. [Source]

• This is done to allow the Saudi Arabian Air Force F-15S to carry maximum payload which increases fuel consumption during take-off. So for the fighters to make it to their destination (as they have to fly from bases that are safe from SCUD missiles) they need to be refueled during their mission. Cluster munitions are the standard rounds used by the KSA. [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source]

• The UK is the second biggest trading partner for the Saudi Arabian military (after the United States) [Source]

• Columbia is upset that its best soldiers have been lured away by lucrative pay from GCC nations to fight in Yemen when they are much needed to fight drug traffickers and narcos in their home country (it’s funny they picked Columbia, I can just picture a Saudi prince who enjoys the nose candy too much suggesting this one to the deputy crown prince) [Source]

• Saudi Arabia has made deep cuts into its budget to offset its deficits. The wars they are supporting (and that includes more than just Yemen) are costing too much. Gas prices have gone up 67%. Electricity and water bills have gone up as well. Funding programs and reliance on foreign workers are beginning to be winded down to encourage companies to employ local Saudis instead (this is more true in terms of engineering, medicine, etc. in which many foreigners enjoy handsome salaries throughout Saudi Arabia with their foreign expertise). [Source]

• The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the third most expensive military on the planet followed behind US and China. Inside the Kingdom the daily citizen is more out of touch with reality than your average North Korean. [Source]

Yemeni Houthis and allied forces:

• The Houthis capture more and more high-quality European-made small arms such as Austrian Steyr AUG assault rifles and Instalaza C90 disposable RPGs. Seems the EU is also enjoying the splendor of supplying foreign wars. [Source]

• The source provided here is a repository, with pictures, of all destroyed military vehicles in the Yemen war showing the immense damage the Houthis and Yemeni Republican Guard are putting on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Arab Coalition members. The website is like viewing a used-car search engine. [Source]

• The damage of wrought by cluster munitions. They are pretty indiscriminate but they do have great effect on dispersed soft targets. No Security Council nation wants to ban cluster munitions (or land mines). [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source]

• An oil pipeline has been destroyed close to Aden by unknown forces. Nobody has taken claim. Hadi-loyalists and Al-Qaeda have been fighting around Aden. [Source]


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