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Saudis Vulnerable to Yemeni Houthi Attacks

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

There’s nothing civil about war in Yemen. It’s Washington’s war, waged by Bush/Cheney, Obama, and now Trump — Saudis partnered with the US for their own strategic interests.

They want pro-Western puppet Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi restored to power. Along with the US, Riyadh seeks control of the country, its oil, and a pipeline from the kingdom to a Yemeni port.

Yemeni Houthis have had great success in striking Saudi targets with missiles and drones. They’ve captured, damaged, or destroyed kingdom military bases near the border between both countries.

They struck the kingdom’s central oil pipeline with explosive-laden drones. Damage incurred halted pumping.

Saudi tankers, airports, and other infrastructure were attacked, causing casualties and damage. In August, Riyadh’s King Khalid airbase and Abha and Najran airports were struck.

Saudi oil fields are vulnerable to attack, the country’s economic lifeline, the source of its super-wealth and US-led Western support.

In mid-August, Houthi drones struck the kingdom’s Shaybah oil field near the UAE border. Located about 750 miles from Houthi-controlled territory, it produces about a million barrels of oil daily.

A Houthi video said 10 explosive-laden drones conducted the attack, calling it their “biggest-ever” operation, threatening more of the same to come.

Houthi missiles and drones have notably been able to penetrate Saudi defenses, striking strategic targets in the kingdom.

Reportedly on Saturday, explosive-laden Houthi drones attacked two Saudi Aramco facilities, setting targets struck ablaze.

Military commander Yahya Serai vowed to “expand the operations against the Saudi regime in the future.”

RT reported the following: Houthi “drones targeted a refinery in the city of Abqaiq in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province, which state-run giant Aramco describes as the world’s largest oil processing plant, and a refinery at the vast Khurais oil field, around 150km from Riyadh.”

A Houthi spokesman said “(w)e  promise the Saudi regime that our future operations will expand and be more painful as long as its aggression and siege continue.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that Riyadh asked for international community help to protect their oil facilities.

The simple way is by ending its aggression, lifting the blockade, and urging the US to halt years of war — responsible for the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis.

In August, the UAE pulled out of the US/Saudi coalition. Its warplanes bombed Riyadh’s Yemeni proxies in the port city of Aden and surrounding areas.

Last week, AMN News reported that Houthi forces “launched a new offensive inside southern Saudi Arabia…targeting several sites” in the kingdom, capturing several, “overrunning the Saudi garrisons and checkpoints near the Yemeni border.”

Houthi attacks on Saudi targets are taking their toll. The latest on Saturday showed the kingdom’s crown jewels are vulnerable to be struck.

Is Riyadh getting war-weary? Fighting won’t end as long as US dark forces want it continued.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.