YEMEN GOES CRITICAL MASS SUEZ CANAL TRANSIT LANES NOW THREATENED

I will point out to you Iran has already made public statements to the effect the Houthi Tribal Militias are armed with ship killer missiles. The same type Hezzbollah used in its war with Israel. The one that  heavily damaged one of Israel’s coastal patrol boats. The Houthis have also openly said they will unleash a wave of suicide attacks, car bombings and lone wolf style attacks INSIDE of Saudi Arabia if a ground invasion happens. Further, Iran has Russian built Kilo class submarines with full mine laying abilities.

Yep, we are going over the edge now. It is like Wiley Coyote clawing at the branch growing out of the canyon wall before he falls into the chasm. The most likely scenario for a direct US Navy combat role is either mine sweeping or firefights with Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval units. These range from the Kilo subs, speed boats armed with rapid fire heavy machine guns, rockets and possibly ship killer missiles.

I am also telling you all quite plainly the first missile hit on ANY civilian freighter or tanker transiting the Suez Canal and Red Sea corridors will have a devastating economic and military impact. For one thing, the shipping insurance companies are going to DEMAND NAVAL ESCORT for any ships using the Suez Canal.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-31/oil-jumps-houthis-enter-el-mandeb-strait-military-base

Houthi rebels have reportedly entered the military base at the stratgeic Bab el-Mandeb Strait, according to Reuters. This is the 4th largest oil-shipping chokepoint in the world

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-31/after-saudis-deny-need-send-ground-troops-yemen-invasion-imminent

After Saudis Deny “Need To Send Ground Troops To Yemen”, Is Invasion Imminent?
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With Decisive Storm airstrikes showing no signs of abating, and with some reports suggesting that as many as 40 people were killed when bombs struck a refugee camp near Haradh, many suspect the violence in Yemen is set to escalate meaningfully in the days and weeks ahead with Saudi Arabia preparing to launch a ground invasion in the expanding effort to debilitate the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who toppled the US-supported Yemeni government.

The bombing raids by the Saudi-led coalition have persisted for five consecutive days in Sanaa and al-Hodeidah where air strikes targeted anti-aircraft installations. The Yemeni foreign minister denied that the coalition was responsible for the death of refugees and instead placed the blame on rebel artillery fire.

Via Al Arabiya:

Yemen’s foreign minister blamed Iranian-allied Houthi fighters for an air strike on a camp for displaced people and refugees in northern Yemen that killed at least 45 people on Monday, denying any link to Saudi-led military operations.

Riyadh Yaseen was speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh. He said the explosion on the camp was not from Arab coalition forces but by “artillery strikes” by the Shiite Muslim Houthis.

Meanwhile, in what is perhaps the surest sign that a ground invasion is in fact in the offing, the Saudis are out saying there’s currently no need to put boots on the ground:

And as CNN notes, a ground war with the Houthis is likely to be an arduous, bloody affair that could further imperil Saudi Arabia’s southern border:

But if the coalition takes the fight to the ground in Yemen, the consequences could be severe. Houthis are battle-hardened guerrilla fighters and could cross into Saudi Arabia. They’ve already threatened suicide bomb attacks inside Saudi Arabia…

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have both talked about the possibility of putting boots on the ground. On Saturday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen said he expected coalition troops to be in Yemen within days.

Saudi leaders have said that if troops do go in, they won’t leave until they have degraded the Houthis’ ability to fight. The Houthis are apt guerrillas. A fight on the ground could prove bloody and lengthy.

Unfortunately, it now appears that this “bloody and lengthy” conflict just got a little closer to becoming reality as Reuters reports that Houthi rebels have gained access to a military base at the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the 4th largest oil-shipping chokepoint in the world. As CNN notes, “that passage that is the only access from the Arabian Sea to Egypt’s Suez Canal.”

Here’s more via Reuters on the rebels’ advance…

Fighters from Yemen’s Houthi militia on Tuesday entered a coastal military base overlooking the Red Sea’s strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait, local officials told Reuters.

Soldiers of the 17th Armoured Division in the Dabab district in Yemen’s southwestern Taiz province opened the gates to the Houthis, whose military advance has been challenged by six days of Saudi-led air strikes.

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AND SO IT BEGINS: YEMEN WAR SPREADS 3-28-2015

I said the “Yemen Crisis” would not long stay confined to Yemen. It will spread widely as the various proxy groups seek a decisive victory over their rivals. And so it has, as the various players up the ante. We are now seeing the first wave of a tsunami that will swamp the entire Middle East in fire and blood.

I will say it again: this is a RELIGIOUS WAR, OR JIHAD, BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIA MUSLIMS. Since this is the case, we are no longer in the realm of rational thought or action. We are now in the realm of emotion, blood feud and the kind of violence only seen in wars based on the absolute belief of moral superiority. The bottom line is we are well beyond political, economic, or even military considerations. We are now in the realm of “kill everybody and let Allah sort it out.” We are now looking at a war involving GENOCIDE AND WAR CRIMES BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIA MUSLIMS. If anybody is expecting an outbreak of sanity between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Egypt against Shia Iran, they are going to be stunned at the level of open barbarism unleashed. We haven’t seen the kind of casual brutality in the West since the savage religious wars in Europe several centuries ago. The Serbs and Kosovo are the most recent examples of the kind of scorched earth and bury the bodies in mass graves type of warfare now going on in Yemen and Iraq.

I will also remind you Iran has pulled out its combat troops from the Tikrit attacks in protest of US airstrikes against ISIS. I will further remind you all Iran has nearly 500,000, yes 500,000, well armed Shia militia in Iraq right now. If Iran pulls out of the attack on ISIS, which they have done, it will free them up for a direct attack on the Gulf States, like Kuwait, now bombing the Shia Houthi in Yemen. The only reason Iran won’t do this is if they get a free hand from Obama on their nuclear enrichment program. Obama is likely doing this to try and keep a lid on till he leaves office in 18 months or so.

I also said Saudi Arabia and Egypt would make good on their threat to seal off Yemen from Iranian resupply efforts. It didn’t take long for naval warships to be deployed off Yemen to do exactly that. Assuming Iran attempts to resupply by ship the Houthi, it will lead to a direct combat naval engagement in the Red Sea. After that, well that alone will trigger a much wider war than Yemen alone. In fact, I no longer see how a wider regional war can now be avoided. We have a coalition of ten Sunni nations attacking Shia Muslims in Yemen. And I am telling you all, Iran isn’t going to take it. I am not sure exactly how far Iran is going to go in its military response. I will merely add that the Houthi are now openly threatening suicide attacks inside Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Iran is also, in my opinion, going to go after the Sunni Gulf States anyway it can. The first link shows the call for Jihad I was talking about. Further, the Houthi are now starting to deploy combat forces on the Yemen/Saudi border. Saudi Arabia has already been massing troops on its border with Yemen for the last several days.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-egypt-president-backs-joint-arab-military-force-20150328-story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/how-the-yemen-conflict-risks-new-chaos-in-the-middle-east/2015/03/27/1c4e7b5c-d417-11e4-8b1e-274d670aa9c9_story.html

An Iranian parliamentarian told the semi­official Fars News Agency that the Houthis possess missiles capable of hitting up to 500 kilometers, or about 300 miles, inside Saudi Arabia. An unidentified official quoted by the agency said the Houthis were preparing to block access to the Bab al-Mandeb strait, which commands access to the Red Sea, through which the Egyptian warships are sailing.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/28/403659/Saudiled-warships-off-to-Yemen-coast

Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:24AM
A picture taken on March 26, 2015 shows an Egyptian navy FFG-7 frigate passing through the Suez Canal on its way to the Red Sea. © AFP

A picture taken on March 26, 2015 shows an Egyptian navy FFG-7 frigate passing through the Suez Canal on its way to the Red Sea. © AFP

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have reportedly deployed warships to the strategic strait of Bab el-Mandab off Yemen’s coast in an apparent preparation for a ground intervention in the Arabian Peninsula.

A number of Egyptian and Saudi vessels have been sent to the strait, which is the only access to Egypt’s Suez Canal from the Arabian Sea, according to several unnamed Egyptian military officials cited in a report by The Associated Press on Friday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the warships from the two countries were already at or near Bab el-Mandab. One official also said two destroyers and two other vessels had arrived at the strait.

This is while Riyad Yassin, who served as Yemen’s foreign minister in the cabinet of fugitive president, Abd Ruabbuh Mansur Hadi, told the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel that Egyptian naval forces are on their way to Bab el-Mandab.

According to Yassin, there was an “arrangement” for ground troops to be deployed to Yemen, which has witnessed deadly Saudi-led air raids against the Houthi Ansarullah movement since March 26.

Meanwhile, retired Yemeni army officer Nasser al-Marqashi stated that the airstrikes would continue for a week before a ground attack, which would likely be launched from Yemen’s seaport city of Aden or the country’s Hadramout Province, another pro-Hadi stronghold.

The Al Saud regime’s aerial campaign is aimed at restoring Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh and the West, to power. This is while the Houthis say he lost his legitimacy as president of Yemen after escaping the capital, Sana’a, to Aden on February 21.

A member of the Yemeni security forces sits above debris at the site of a Saudi air strike against Houthi fighters near the Sana’a Airport on March 26, 2015. © AFP

In January, the Yemeni president and the cabinet of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah stepped down and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Ansarullah movement. However, the parliament rejected the resignation.

Earlier this month, the fugitive president fled Aden to the Saudi capital after Ansarullah revolutionaries advanced on the southern Yemeni city, where he had sought to set up a rival power base.

The Ansarullah fighters took control of the capital in September 2014 and are currently moving southward. The revolutionaries said the Hadi government had been too weak to rein in the growing wave corruption and terrorism plaguing Yemen.

The Riyadh regime’s blatant invasion of Yemen’s sovereignty comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction to the Saudi violation of Yemen’s sovereignty.

Reports say at least 40 civilians have so far lost their lives in the Saudi-led aerial assaults against Yemen.

YEMEN GROUND INVASION BY SAUDI ARABIA “IMMINENT.” 3-26-15

And so it has begun, just as Doomer Doug predicted over two months ago. I said on January 21st over at timebomb2000.com Iran was making the first moves in a long planned policy to directly take on the Sunni Muslims. This has now started and it will be a general, full scale regional war covering the Middle East in Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Syria. The Sunni and Shia Muslims have been fighting each other since 650, yes 650 AD. I will also bluntly advise you of two things. The first is Iran is going to allow its Houthi proxies to kick the crap out of any Sunni military forces now part of this Sunni invasion of Yemen. And I have to tell you, the combat performance of these lean, mean, tribal, desert warriors compared to the Saudi, Egyptian and “other” forces is going to be seriously lethal compared to what amounts to garrison troops. The second thing is we are now dealing with a SUNNI/SHIA MUSLIM RELIGIOUS WAR. The corporate whore media is saying this and that about Yemen. They have no idea what they are talking about in my opinion. This is JIHAD in Yemen and nothing less and I have to say these punk, elite “experts” don’t have a clue about true desert warriors like the Houthi. If you want to understand what these pampered Saudi and Egyptian troops are going to facing take a look at the Bedouin warriors in David Lean’s movie. I actually saw one of these clowns talking about how the air strikes are going to “degrade” the Houthi. I mean these morons actually believe this drivel. They actually believe you can pound desert warriors to pieces if they don’t want to be found.

Yep, everybody, including the USA under Obama, is going to mix it up for the simple reason Iran is going to take the gloves off. The news media is reporting this is about Yemen. It is not. It is about the over 1300 year long battle between Shia and Sunni Muslims. If you want to understand that, well then think back to Serbia/Kosovo and the fact that was all about a battle that happened in 1300, a mere 700 years ago. I am telling you the Sunni forces have no idea, absolutely no idea, the fecal storm they have stirred up.

One: The so called “Yemen War,” is going to explode into Eastern Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Iraq and Syria within 72 hours from now. You may rest assured that ALL IRANIAN SHIA FORCES are going to attack any Sunni forces anywhere and anytime they can. I fully expect mass riots/demonstrations in Bahrain within 24 to 48 hours. Further, I am telling you Saudi Arabia is going to light up like a Christmas tree.

Two. The Suez Canal and the Strait of Hormuz are now FULLY IN PLAY. We may very well see a tanker war start within the next 48 hours also.

Three. Iran now has nothing at all to lose in Yemen. Iran has every reason to plunge Yemen, Saudi Arabia, The Gulf States into as much chaos as it possibly can. Yep, nobody is going to hold back now at all.

The Neo-Con warmongers like McCain et al have got their much desired Middle Eastern War. It will be very interesting to see if Putin exploits the chaos and goes after the Ukraine. We are now looking at a “wall of war,” from the Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and now down to Yemen.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-26/yemen-ground-invasion-saudi-arabia-troops-imminent

As reported first thing today, while the initial phase of the military campaign against Yemen has been taking place for the past 18 hours and been exclusively one of airborne assaults by forces of the “Decisive Storm” coalition, Saudi hinted at what is coming next following reports that it had built up a massive 150,000 troop deployment on the border with Yemen.

And as expected, moments ago AP reported that Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once airstrikes have weakened the capabilities of the rebels.

Will this invasion mean that Yemen as we know it will no longer exist and become annexed by Saudi Arabia? According to coalition military sources, the answer is no, but that remains to be seen:

Three Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that a coalition of countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia will conduct a ground invasion into Yemen once the airstrikes have sufficiently diminished the Houthis and Saleh’s forces. They said the assault will be by ground from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen’s Red and Arabian Sea coasts.

The aim is not to occupy Yemen but to weaken the Houthis and their allies until they enter negotiations for power-sharing, the officials said.

They said three to five Egyptian troop carriers are stationed off Yemen’s coasts. They would not specify the numbers of troops or when the operation would begin. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans with the press.

Egypt’s leadership role in the next stage of the campaign has come as somewhat of a surprise to observers. Egypt’s presidency said in a statement Thursday that its naval and air forces were participating in the coalition campaign already. Egypt is “prepared for participation with naval, air and ground forces if necessary,” Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said at a gathering of Arab foreign ministers preparing for a weekend Arab summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

This may be just the beginning:

The Arab Summit starting Saturday is expected to approve the creation of a new joint Arab military force to intervene in regional crises. The Egyptian security and military officials said the force is planned to include some 40,000 men backed by jet fighters, warships and light armor. Hadi is expected to attend the summit.

The locals do not sound much enthused about the prospect of allowing foreign troops to enter their country uncontested, and as AP notes, support for the Houthis is far from universal in Yemen – but foreign intervention risks bringing a backlash.

On Thursday, thousands gathered outside Sanaa’s old city in the Houthi-organized protest, chanting against Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Khaled al-Madani, a Houthi activist, told the crowd that “God was on the side of Yemen.” He blasted Saudi Arabia saying it is “buying mercenaries with money to attack Yemen. But Yemen will, God willing, will be their tomb.”

Anger against the strikes was already brewing – particularly after airstrikes targeting an air base near Sanaa’s airport flattening half a dozen homes in an impoverished neighborhood and killing at least 18 civilians, according to the health ministry.

For now Yemeni anger is focused on Saudi Arabia:

TV stations affiliated with the rebels and Saleh showed the aftermath of the strikes Thursday. Yemen Today, a TV station affiliated with Saleh, showed hundreds of residents congregating around the rubbles, some chanting “Death to Al-Saud”, in reference to the kingdom’s royal family. The civilians were sifting through the rubble, pulling out mattresses, bricks and shrapnel.

Ahmed al-Sumaini said an entire alley close to the airport was wiped out in the strikes overnight. He said people ran out from their homes in the middle of the night, many jolted out of bed to run into the streets. “These people have nothing to do with the Houthis or with Hadi. This is destructive. These random acts will push people toward Houthis,” he said, as he waved shrapnel from the strikes.

Strikes also hit in the southern province Lahj and the stronghold of Houthis in the northern Saada province. In Sanaa, they also hit the camp of U.S.-trained Yemeni special forces, which is controlled by generals loyal to Saleh, and a missile base held by the Houthis.

But that will soon change, as it is a virtual certainty that the US will intervene at a point in the near future, with its own military assets. So while we await to see just where US troops make landfall, here is the most updated map showing the locations of US naval assets around the globe in general, and in proximity to Yemen in particular. Keep a very close eye on the LHD-7 Iwo Jima amphibious assault ship (which carries some 2,000 marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit), currently located just off the coast of Yemen.

YEMEN GOES CRITICAL/ SAUDI ARABIA MASSES FORCES ON BORDER 3-25-2015

Blog readers here at doomerdoug.wordpress.com are not surprised at the blood soaked chaos and anarchy now exploding in Yemen. I have kept you well informed over these last few weeks as Iran makes the final moves toward Middle Eastern control. It is isn’t like Iran has been shy about the true intentions behind its combat deployments in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. The mainstream, corporate whore press may have finally noticed Yemen in the last two or three days, but I have been “on it” since the Houthis took over Saana and kicked out the farce of a “pro-western” President. He is the one that just fled for his life.

At any rate, Yemen is now “in play” at all levels. It will be story one; crisis one as our Marxist Tyrant in Chief continues his delusional attempt to “engage Iran.” Let Doomer Doug be clear about any attempts to “engage” Iran by our esteemed Marxist Moron: Iran is not interested in anything other than military conquest. The famous battle over “Iran getting nukes” fails to understand Iran has had Russian tactical nukes, like artillery shells and naval munitions since the mid 1990s Soviet “collapse.” Iran has had the ability to detonate a so called “dirty bomb,” for at least the last decade or so. It is the Iranian attempt to use centrifuges to enrich uranium to make long range missile warheads, also using that other crazy nation North Korea, Obama has completely failed to understand, much less deal with. Obama has allowed Iran to continue its ongoing OFFENSIVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM in his “engagement” process. And for that alone, Obama is the biggest damn fool in human history.

The following links indicate how critical the Yemen situation really is. It is a fact Iran is now fully in control of its proxy forces, the Houthi tribal militias, and is using them to directly engage Sunnis when it can. This means DIRECT MILITARY CONFRONTATION BETWEEN AL QUAIDA OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA AND SAUDI ARABIA, THE GULF STATE SUNNI MUSLIMS IS NOW HAPPENING. It will lead to a proxy war between Iran/Shia and Saudi Arabai/Sunni that will light up the Middle East from one end to the other.

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The following are posted under fair use. It is entirely likely massive military deployments will now pour into Yemen from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States within the next 72 hours. After that, the true deluge begins. Iranian Shia have now “looted” US Intelligence files in the sack of the airbase. Further, the “crashing” drones are giving Iran a chance to understand our entire drone technology. And finally, the House of Saud is now massing, or “building up” military forces on its border with Yemen.

http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-saudi-arabia-moving-military-equipment-near-yemen-232344147.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-crashing-drones-are-exposing-secrets-about-us-war-operations/2015/03/24/e89ed940-d197-11e4-8fce-3941fc548f1c_story.html?hpid=z1

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-us-intelligence-yemen-20150325-story.html#page=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/world/middleeast/al-anad-air-base-houthis-yemen.html?_r=0

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Yemen’s president flees country by sea amid rebel advance

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the southern port city where he had taken refuge, captured his defense minister and seized the city’s airport.

Hadi’s departure marks a dramatic turn in Yemen’s turmoil and means a decisive collapse of what was left of his rule, which the United States and Gulf allies had hoped could stabilize the chronically chaotic nation and fight al-Qaida’s branch here after the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Over the past year, the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who are believed to be supported by Iran, have battled their way out of their northern strongholds, overwhelmed the capital, Sanaa, seized province after province in the north and worked their way south. Their advance has been boosted by units of the military and security forces that remained loyal to Saleh, who allied with the rebels.

With Hadi gone, there remains resistance to the Houthis scattered around the country, whether from Sunni tribesmen, local militias, pro-Hadi military units or al-Qaida fighters.

Hadi and his aides left Aden after 3:30 p.m. on two boats, security and port officials told The Associated Press. The officials would not specify his destination. But Hadi is scheduled to attend an Arab summit in Egypt on the weekend, where Arab allies are scheduled to discuss formation of a joint Arab force that could pave the way for military intervention against Houthis.

His flight came after Houthis and Saleh loyalists advanced against Hadi’s allies on multiple fronts. Military officials said militias and military units loyal to Hadi had “fragmented,” speeding the rebel advance. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters

Earlier in the day, the rebels seized a key air base where U.S. troops and Europeans had advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida militants. The base is only 60 kilometers (35 miles) away from Aden.

In the province of Lahj, adjoining Aden, the rebels captured Hadi’s defense minister, Maj. Gen. Mahmoud al-Subaihi, and his top aide on Wednesday and subsequently transferred them to the capital, Sanaa. Yemen’s state TV, controlled by the Houthis, announced a bounty of nearly $100,000 for Hadi’s capture.

Hadi then fled his presidential palace, and soon after warplanes targeted presidential forces guarding it. No casualties were reported. By midday, Aden’s airport fell into hands of Saleh’s forces after intense clashes with pro-Hadi militias.

Aden was tense Wednesday, with schools, government offices, shops and restaurants largely closed. Inside the few remaining opened cafes, men watched the news on television. With the fall of the city appearing imminent, looters went through two abandoned army camps, one in Aden and the other nearby, taking weapons and ammunition.

The takeover of Aden, the country’s economic hub, would mark the collapse of what is left of Hadi’s grip on power. After the Houthis overran Sanaa in September, he had remained in office, but then was put under house arrest. He fled the capital earlier in March with remnants of his government and declared Aden his temporarty capital.

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riad Yassin told Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV satellite news network that he officially made a request to the Arab League on Wednesday to send a military force to intervene against the Houthis. Depicting the Houthis as a proxy of Shiite Iran, a rival to Sunni Gulf countries, he warned of an Iranian “takeover” of Yemen. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran.

Mohammed Abdel-Salam, a spokesman for the Houthis, said their forces were not aiming to “occupy” the south. “They will be in Aden in few hours,” Abdel-Salam told the rebels’ satellite Al-Masirah news channel.

Earlier, Al-Masirah reported that the Houthis and allied fighters had “secured” the al-Annad air base, the country’s largest. It claimed the base had been looted by both al-Qaida fighters and troops loyal to Hadi.

The U.S. recently evacuated some 100 soldiers, including Special Forces commandos, from the base after al-Qaida briefly seized a nearby city. Britain also evacuated soldiers.

The base was crucial in the U.S. drone campaign against Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which Washington considers to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror group. And American and European military advisers there also assisted Hadi’s government in its fight against al-Qaida’s branch, which holds territory in eastern Yemen and has claimed the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

U.S. operations against the militants have been scaled back dramatically amid Yemen’s chaos. U.S. officials have said CIA drone strikes will continue in the country, though there will be fewer of them. The agency’s ability to collect intelligence on the ground in Yemen, while not completely gone, is also much diminished.

The Houthis, in the aftermath of massive suicide bombings in Sanaa last week that killed at least 137 people, ordered a general mobilization and their leader, Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, vowed to send his forces to the south to fight al-Qaida and militant groups.

In Sanaa, dozens of coffins were lined up for a mass funeral of the victims Wednesday. Among the victims was a top Shiite cleric. Yemen’s Islamic State-linked militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in September and have since been advancing south along with Saleh’s loyalists. On Tuesday, they fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in the city of Taiz, known as the gateway to southern Yemen. Six demonstrators were killed and scores more were wounded, officials said.

The Houthis also battled militias loyal to Hadi in the city of al-Dhalea, adjacent to Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city. Taiz is also the birthplace of its 2011 Arab Spring-inspired uprising that forced Saleh to hand over power to Hadi in a deal brokered by the U.N. and Gulf countries.

Hadi on Tuesday asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize a military intervention “to protect Yemen and to deter the Houthi aggression” in Aden and the rest of the south. In his letter, Hadi said he also has asked members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League for immediate help.

Saudi Arabia warned that “if the Houthi coup does not end peacefully, we will take the necessary measures for this crisis to protect the region.”

Associated Press writer Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this report.

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YEMEN CIVIL WAR HAS NOW OFFICIALLY STARTED. HOUTHI DECLAR JIHAD ON SUNNIS

Key points are:

One: ISIS just murdered over 120 Shia at prayers on Friday.
Two. Iran just shipped in 185 TONS OF MILITARY SUPPLIES TO THE PORT CONTROLLED BY THE HOUTHI.
Three: Houthi just fully mobilized, AND DECLARED JIHAD IN YEMEN AGAINST THE SUNNIS.
Four: Houthis are now fully supported by Iran, fully being trained by Revolutionary Guard troops and now openly deploying in the capital city for the sole purpose of dealing with Sunni “radicals.” The Houhi are going to kill every single Sunni, or force them to flee for their lives to South Yemen.
Five. Al Quaida of the Arabian Peninsula denied they took part in the murder of those 120 Shia, and also took full operational control of that southern Yemen city.

SIX. EVERY SINGLE PIECE, AND EVERY SINGLE PLAYER IS NOW READY TO BEGIN A LARGE SCALE CIVIL WAR IN YEMEN BASED ON SHIA/SUNNI, TRIBAL AND PROXY WAR STATUS.

One more thing, the Gulf states has just said they will now deploy fully armed naval units to prevent any more Iranian ships from off loading 185 tons of military stuff in the future.

WE ARE NOW IN THE EARLY PHASES OF A GENERAL, REGIONAL MIDDLE EAST WAR THAT WILL START WITH ISIS/SHIA/IRAN YEMEN AND IRAQ.

If any of the Gulf State Naval Units actually fire on any Iranian freighter trying to unload in Yemen, IRAN WILL LAUNCH A MISSILE AT DUBAI AND LEVEL ONE OF THOSE SKYSCRAPERS.

We are right on the edge and ISIS has just pulled the grenade pin in Yemen.

YEMEN SLIDES TOWARDS TOTAL PROXY WAR 3-20-2015

I have been commenting on Iran’s takeover of Yemen for quite some time. The Mosque Massacre is nothing new in the centuries long war between Shia and Sunni Muslims. It does open another war front in Yemen that will be fully exploited by Iran. We can be sure of that. Iran is clearly making the final moves in its long planned end game. Iran is now fully deployed into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. It is also making some moves into South America nobody has said much about.

Here are the links to the two threads over at timebomb2000 along with my comments.

http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?462569-IRAN-MOVES-TO-CONTROL-SUEZ-CANAL-AND-YEMEN-1-21-2015

http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?465609-Dozens-dead-in-twin-suicide-attacks-in-Yemen-as-fighting-between-Muslim-groups-%28Now-120-%29

I have been discussing Iranian power moves in Yemen on the other thread for some time now. Here is why this current attack happened.

Several days ago an “ISIS leader” made a very hostile statement regarding the Shia in Yemen and exhorting the Sunni to attack them. This is the result. In addition, it is Iranian Shia Militias that are currently KICKING THE LIVING FECAL MATERIAL OUT OF ISIS TROOPS IN TIKRIT AND IRAQ. This Yemen attack is also in response to this ongoing butt kicking in Iraq. ISIS is both showing its vigor and weakness by using suicide attacks in Yemen. Suicide attacks are, at least to me by definition, an indication you don’t have robust combat abilities.

Now here is what is going to happen as a result of this open attack by ISIS/Sunni on the Shia in Yemen.

One: Iran has full operational combat ability in Yemen with the Houthi Militia. The Shia Militias are now going to be turned loose, lock and loaded, shoot on sight and KILL ANY SUNNI THEY CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON. Ergo, if there are more of these “we don’t want the Shia” demonstrations, they will be machine gunned into puddles of blood.
Two: Iran will now move openly to CRUSH THE SUNNI VARIANT AL QUAIDA OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA. THEY WILL ALSO MOVE ON THE SUNNI ISIS AND THEIR CALIPHATE ANYWHERE THEY CAN KILL THEM.
Third: The fool of a former President, the one the USA likes, is going to be hunted down and executed by everybody else because he attacked that air base in Aden. Or had his guy attack that airbase, or whatever. It is really hard to tell who is attacking whom, for what reason, and especially what the results will be in a place like Yemen. I have to admit there have been times I felt like just rolling some marbles and predicting what would happen that way.

Yemen is now fully in Play, gang. Iran is going to pour in even more Revolutionary Guards, more piles and piles of military supply to make sure its Proxy, the Houthi, Shia tribal militia have everything they need for a true war of Sunni extermination in Yemen. If you keep track of things, like I do, you will remember the tiny statement Iran would “resume” air freighter and passenger service from Iran to Yemen recently. Well, they are bringing in a minimum of one cargo plane full of Revolutionary Guard troops or military supplies per day. The Houthi certainly have the firepower to butcher every single Sunni now living in the areas of Yemen they don’t currently control. It is now genocide time in Yemen.

Yemen is now in play as viewed in the context of Iraq being overwhelmed by Iranian Shia Militias, Syria becoming western Iran, Southern Lebanon with Hezzbollah, and now Yemen. If you throw in Israel’s election, all the right parts are now coming together for a regional war similar to the 1973s Yom Kippur. This was the one I was in the US Army during.

We are on the verge of a total Iranian combat deployment designed to take over the Middle East from Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to Iran. Iran is no longer screwing around. The massacre of 140 plus Shia at the Mosque by ISIS is going to unleash the Houthi militias in the kind of Sunni slaughtering bloodbaths in Yemen we have seen in Iraq.

I will also note the many credible reports of IRANIAN SHIA MILITIAS KILLING SUNNIS, OR DAMAGING THEIR PROPERTY, IN THE SO CALLED “LIBERATION” OF TIKRIT IN IRAQ. The Sunni in Iraq are now trapped between the ISIS thugs, Shia Militias looking to kill them, or the Kurds. The Central government of Iraq is now fully Shia and looking to kick all the Sunni out of Iraq they can. Yep, we sure won that war now didn’t we?

The Middle East is all about religion and it always has been. We are going to see a Shia/Iran JIHAD IN YEMEN. IT WILL END WHEN THE OTHER 40 PERCENT OF THE NON SHIA POPULATION ARE NO LONGER A FACTOR IN YEMEN.

Doomer Doug, a.k.a. Doug McIntosh now has a blog at www.doomerdoug.wordpress.com
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LIFE UNDER MILITANT ISLAM’S ISIS 3-16-2015

This is an unflinching look at exactly what Militant Islam plans for ALL western nations if it really does come to power in the USA, Britain, or Continental Europe. Doomer Doug has warned you repeatedly of what Militant Islam, Sunni or Shia, really wants to do with all us so called “Infidels.” It is not correct to say all Muslims want to put people in cages and burn them to death like ISIS does. It is correct to say either Muslims, the non Militant, psycho ones, get their act together or else. While it is hard to believe now, Western nations are going to eventually get their acts together and religiously cleanse  nations of all Muslims. Muslims simply can’t expect to not be held accountable for the actions of Militant Islam if, for instance, ISIS really does burn the White House to ground. Bottom line, no American administration would live through that politically. Further, the dominant radical leftist multicultural, PC based thought mindset would vaporize. It would be replaced by the kind of FASCIST GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO SECURE THE PHYSICAL SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Now, if you don’t get that then you just don’t understand the entire point of the populist, “right wing,” Tea Party movement is to prevent the system failure that will result in a fascist government being accepted.

Doomer Doug, a.k.a. Doug McIntosh now has a blog at www.doomerdoug.wordpress.com
My end of the world e book “Day of the Dogs” will soon be available for sale at smashwords. The url is
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/life-under-isis-the-everyday-reality-of-living-in-the-islamic-caliphate-with-its-7th-century-laws-very-modern-methods-and-merciless-violence-10109655.html

Life under Isis: The everyday reality of living in the Islamic ‘Caliphate’ with its 7th Century laws, very modern methods and merciless violence

Inside the ‘Islamic State’ – part one: Patrick Cockburn today begins a groundbreaking week-long series of dispatches which will explore the creation of this so-called Islamic State, what it’s like to live under the jihadis’ rule, and what if anything the West can do about it. Today, he talks to people living in the ‘caliphate’ to find out how they regard Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s merciless but powerful new state and how it treats them

It is one of the strangest states ever created. The Islamic State wants to force all humanity to believe in its vision of a religious and social utopia existing in the first days of Islam. Women are to be treated as chattels, forbidden to leave the house unless they are accompanied by a male relative. People deemed to be pagans, like the Yazidis, can be bought and sold as slaves. Punishments such as beheadings, amputations and flogging become the norm. All those not pledging allegiance to the caliphate declared by its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on 29 June last year are considered enemies.

The rest of the world has watched with fascinated horror over the past eight months as Isis, which calls itself Islamic State, imposed its rule over a vast area in northern Iraq and eastern Syria inhabited by six million people. Highly publicised atrocities or acts of destruction, such as burning to death a Jordanian pilot, decapitating prisoners and destroying the remains of ancient cities, are deliberately staged as demonstrations of strength and acts of defiance. For a movement whose tenets are supposedly drawn from the religious norms of the 7th century CE, Isis has a very modern and manipulative approach to dominating the news agenda by means of attention-grabbing PR stunts in which merciless violence plays a central role.

These are not the acts of a weird but beleaguered cult, but of a powerful state and war machine. In swift succession last year, its fighters inflicted defeats on the Iraqi army, the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, the Syrian army and Syrian rebels. They staged a 134-day siege of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobani and withstood 700 US air strikes targeting the small urban area where they were concentrated before finally being forced to pull back. The caliphate’s opponents deny it is a real state, but it is surprisingly well organised, capable of raising taxes, imposing conscription and even controlling rents.

Iraqi Yazidi women waiting at a checkpoint in Kirkuk after their release by the Isis militant group Iraqi Yazidi women waiting at a checkpoint in Kirkuk after their release by the Isis militant group
Isis may be regarded with appalled fascination by most people, but conditions inside its territory remain a frightening mystery to the outside world. This is scarcely surprising, because it imprisons and frequently murders local and foreign journalists who report on its activities. Despite these difficulties, The Independent has tried to build up a complete picture of what life is like inside the Islamic State by interviewing people who have recently lived in Sunni Arab cities like Mosul and Fallujah that are held – or, in the case of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 80 per cent held – by Isis.

Christians, Yazidis, Shabak and Shia, persecuted by Isis as heretics or idolaters, fled or were killed last year, so almost all of those interviewed are Sunni Arabs living in Iraq, with the exception of some Kurds still living in Mosul.

The aim of the investigation is to find out what it is like to live in the Islamic State. A great range of questions need to be answered. Do people support, oppose or have mixed feelings about Isis rule and, if so, why? What is it like to live in a place where a wife appearing on the street without the niqab, a cloth covering the head and face, will be told to fetch her husband, who will then be given 40 lashes? How do foreign fighters behave? What is the reaction of local people to demands by Isis that unmarried women should wed its fighters?  More prosaically, what do people eat, drink and cook, and how do they obtain electricity? The answers to these and many other questions show instances of savage brutality, but also a picture of the Islamic State battling to provide some basic services and food at low prices.


A point to emphasise is that none of those interviewed, even those who detest it, expect Isis to go out of business soon, although it is coming under increasingly effective pressure from its many enemies. These include the US, Iran, the Iraqi army, Shia militias, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, Syrian Kurds and the Syrian army, to name only the main protagonists. Anti-Isis forces are beginning to win significant victories on the battlefield and the odds are heavily stacked against the Islamic State. Over the past week some 20,000 Shia militiamen, 3,000 Iraqi security forces, 200 defence ministry commandos and 1,000 Sunni tribesmen have been fighting their way into Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town.

“The numbers are overwhelming,” said General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, claiming that there are only “hundreds” of Isis fighters pitted against this massive pro-government force, although other reports suggest it may be closer to 1,000.

The fall of Tikrit would be a serious reverse for the Islamic State, though it is easy to exaggerate its impact. Isis claims that its victories are divinely inspired, but it has never felt duty-bound to fight to the last man and bullet for its every stronghold. It describes its strategy of fluid manoeuvre as “moving like a serpent between the rocks”. Long a purely guerrilla force, it is at its most effective when it launches unexpected attacks using a deadly cocktail of well-tried tactics such suicide bombers, IEDs and snipers. These are accompanied by well-made films of atrocities broadcast over the internet and social media, directed at frightening and demoralising its enemies.

Isis may be retreating, but it can afford to do so, since last year it seized an area larger than Great Britain. Its strength is not just military or geographical but political – and this is a point raised by many of those interviewed. The dislike and fear that many Sunni Arabs feel for Isis is balanced and often outweighed by similar feelings towards Iraqi government forces. At the heart of the problem is the fact that last year Isis seized the leadership of the Sunni Arab communities in Iraq and Syria through its military victories.

So far no credible Sunni alternative to Isis has emerged. An assault by Iraqi government, Shia militia or Kurdish Peshmerga on Mosul would probably be resisted by the Sunni Arabs as an attack on their community as a whole.

An Isis propaganda video purporting to show fighters near the Iraqi city of Tikrit An Isis propaganda video purporting to show fighters near the Iraqi city of Tikrit
“The Kurds cannot fight for Mosul alone because they are not Arabs,” says Fuad Hussein, chief of staff of Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. “And I don’t think the Shia militias would be willing to fight there; and in any case, local people would not accept them.”

If no alternative to Isis emerges for the Sunni to rally to, then all the six million or so Sunni Arabs in Iraq may be targeted as Isis supporters, regardless of their real sympathies. In the long term, Isis could turn out to be the gravedigger of the Sunni Arabs in Iraq, where they are 20 per cent of the population, by stoking the hostility of the other 80 per cent of Iraqis, who are Shia or Kurds.

The Islamic State was declared in the weeks after the capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, by Isis on 10 June 2014. It was only then that countries around the world began to wake up to the fact that Isis posed a serious threat to them all. Reorganised under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2010 after the death of the previous leader, Isis took advantage of the Syrian uprising of 2011 to expand its forces and resume widespread guerrilla warfare. Sunni protests against mounting repression by the Baghdad government transmuted into armed resistance. In the first half of 2014 Isis defeated five Iraqi divisions, a third of the Iraqi army, to take over most of the giant Anbar province. A crucial success came when Isis-led forces seized the city of Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, on 3 January 2014 and the Iraqi army failed to win it back. This was the first time that Isis had ruled a large population centre and it is important to understand how it behaved and how and why this behaviour became more extreme as Isis consolidated its authority. The stories of two men, Abbas (generally known as Abu Mohammed) and Omar Abu Ali, who come from the militant Sunni strongholds of Fallujah and the nearby town of al-Karmah, explain graphically what happened during those first crucial months when Isis was in power.

Abbas is a 53-year-old Sunni farmer from Fallujah. He recalls the joyous day when Isis first entered the city: “At the beginning… we were so happy and called it ‘the Islamic Conquest’. Most of the people were offering them feasts and warmly welcoming their chief fighters.”

A gunman makes a radio call in rebel-held Fallujah, just west of Baghdad in Iraq. A gunman makes a radio call in rebel-held Fallujah, just west of Baghdad in Iraq.
Isis told people in Fallujah that it had come to set up an Islamic state, and at first this was not too onerous. A Sharia Board of Authority was established to resolve local problems. Abbas says that “everything was going well until Isis also took Mosul. Then restrictions on our people increased. At the mosques, local imams started to be replaced by people from other Arab states or Afghanistan. During the first six months of Isis rule, the movement had encouraged people to go to the mosque, but after the capture of Mosul it became obligatory and anybody who violated the rule received 40 lashes.” A committee of community leaders protested to Isis and received an interesting reply: “The answer was that, even at the time of the Prophet Mohamed, laws were not strict at the beginning and alcoholic drinks were allowed in the first three years of Islamic rule.” Only after Islamic rule had become strongly entrenched were stricter rules enforced. So it had been in the 7th century and so it would be 1,400 years later in Fallujah.

Abbas, a conservative-minded community leader with two sons and three daughters in Fallujah, said he had no desire to leave the city because all his extended family were there, though daily life was tough and getting tougher. As of this February, “people suffer from lack of water and electricity which they get from generators because the public supply only operates three to five hours every two days”. The price of cooking gas has soared to the equivalent of £50 a cylinder, so people have started to use wood for cooking. Communications are difficult because Isis blew up the mast for mobile phones six months ago, but “some civilians have managed to get satellite internet lines”.

However, it was not harsh living conditions but two issues affecting his children that led Abbas to leave Fallujah hurriedly on 2 January this year. The first reason for flight was a new conscription law under which every family had to send one of their sons to be an Isis fighter. Abbas did not want his son Mohamed to be called up. (Previously, families could avoid conscription by paying a heavy fine but at the start of this year military service in Isis-held areas became obligatory.)

A convoy of vehicles carrying Isis militants in Fallujah A convoy of vehicles carrying Isis militants in Fallujah
The second concerned one of Abbas’s daughters. He says that one day “a foreign fighter on the bazaar checkpoint followed my daughter, who was shopping with her mother, until they reached home. He knocked on the door and asked to meet the head of the house. I welcomed him and asked, ‘How I can help you?’ He said he wanted to ask for my daughter’s hand. I refused his request because it is the custom of our tribe that we cannot give our daughters in marriage to strangers. He was shocked by my answer and later attempted to harass my girls many times. I saw it was better to leave.” Abbas is now in the Kurdistan Regional Government area with his family. He regrets that Isis did not stick with its original moderate and popular policy before the capture of Mosul, after which it started to impose rules not mentioned in sharia. Abbas says that “we need Isis to save us from the government but that doesn’t mean that we completely support them”. He recalls how Isis prohibited cigarettes and hubble-bubble pipes because they might distract people from prayer, in addition to banning Western-style haircuts, T-shirts with English writing on them or images of women. Women are not allowed to leave home unaccompanied by a male relative. Abbas says that “all this shocked us and made us leave the city”.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State
A more cynical view is held by Omar Abu Ali, a 45-year-old Sunni Arab farmer from al-Karmah (also called Garma) 10 miles north-east of Fallujah. He has two sons and three daughters and he says that, when Isis took over their town last year, “my sons welcomed the rebels, but I wasn’t that optimistic”. The arrival of Isis did not improve the dire living conditions in al-Kharmah and he didn’t take too seriously the propaganda about how “the soldiers of Allah would defeat [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki’s devils”. Still, he agrees that many people in his town were convinced by this, though his experience was that Saddam Hussein, Maliki or Isis were equally bad for the people of al-Kharmah: “They turn our town into a battlefield and we are the only losers.”

Al-Kharmah is close to the front line with Baghdad and endures conditions of semi-siege in which few supplies can get through. A litre of petrol costs £2.70 and a bag of flour more than £65. Omar tried to buy as much bread as he could store to last his family a week or more “because even the bakeries were suffering from lack of flour”. There was constant bombardment and in February the last water purification plant in town was hit, though he is not clear if this was done by artillery or US air strikes: “The town is now in a horrible situation because of lack of water.”

Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq
Omar spent five months working for Isis, though it is not clear in what capacity, his main purpose being to prevent the conscription of his two sons aged 14 and 16. Rockets and artillery shells rained down on al-Karmah, though Omar says they seldom hit Isis fighters because they hid in civilian houses or in schools. “The day I left a school was hit and many children were killed,” he recalls.

He says US air strikes and Iraqi army artillery “kill us along with Isis fighters. There is no difference between what they do and the mass killings by Isis.” Omar had been trying to flee for two months but did not have the money until he managed to sell his furniture. He is now staying outside Irbil, the Kurdish capital, where his sons and daughters work on local farms which “is at least better than staying in al-Kharmah”.

He says the Americans, Iraqi government and Isis have all brought disaster and lists the wars that have engulfed his home town in the past 10 years. “All of them are killing us,” he says. “We have no friends.”