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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Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/31/2015 14:55 -0400

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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