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Ansarullah forces have hit a Saudi oil depot in Jeddah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Smoke billows following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on November 27, 2020. / AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

 A successful hit deep inside Saudi Arabia; Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters carried out a retaliatory missile strike on an oil facility in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Monday.

The Yemeni army says a new “winged missile” called the “Quds 2” was used in the operation against the distribution station operated by Saudi Aramco.

Yemen’s military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, said it was another response to the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen. The military spokesman warned Saudis and foreign companies operating in the kingdom to stay away from vital installations as he pledged that Yemeni fighters will keep up such retaliatory operations.

The new Quds-2 cruise missile must have flown over 400 miles to reach its target. The latest missile strike once again underscores Ansarullah’s fast-improving capabilities to hit Saudi targets with high precision.

This strike on Aramco's site should certainly let the Saudi Kingdom know that this is not a war it can when it has shown, It has attempted for years to defeat the Yemeni people and have has not succeeded. And they are only getting stronger.

Robert Fantina, Author and Journalist, Ontario

Ansarullah’s arsenal of new weapons, including projectiles and drones, has become a major headache for the Saudis nearly six years after they began the war to defeat the popular forces.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, and architect of the war has been under pressure to find a way to end the failing, protracted military campaign. None of the strategic goals of the invasion have been fulfilled after all these years.

 But bin Salman’s close ties with US president Donald Trump, mainly based on huge American arms sales, have allowed him to keep the war going. Will the Saudi crown prince take the increasing power of Yemeni forces seriously and change direction?

YEMENI ARMY ARSENAL (Domestically manufactured) · Quds 2 cruise missile · Battle tanks

The Yemeni army says its Quds two missile with improved range and precision became operational recently. The ground launched projectile is the latest addition to Yemen’s expanding arsenal of domestically manufactured weapons. The Yemenis say they have the means to retaliate effectively if the Saudis decide to escalate their military offensive.

The Yemeni missile strike came soon after a meeting between Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The United States, under President Donald Trump, has been deeply involved in the brutal war against Yemen.

The US deeply involved in brutal war against Yemen. Will America’s stance change in any way? If Trump leaves office, how will Biden deal with the Yemeni war?

The Saudi-led war in Yemen began in March 2015. It will be the sixth anniversary of the war in just a few months. The war on Yemen has been described by many as a forgotten war.

The onslaught has rarely been covered by mainstream media. Even when Saudi airstrikes hit markets, weddings, schools or hospitals killing large numbers of civilians, the war got little attention in Western news channels.

The US is a partner in this aggression

The situation in Yemen has long been the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. As the Yemenis suffered, the business minded president of the United States took the opportunity to seal massive arms deals with the Saudis.

The kingdom has been free to buy anything from America. From fighter jets to command and control systems and advanced battle tanks and warships, the Saudis are fully equiped.

The US military support for the Saudis and their Emitrati allies also includes mid-air refueling, providing intelligence and logistics. The incumbent US president will probably leave the White House soon. How will his successor Joe Biden act on Yemen? Saudi Arabia has a very powerful lobby in Washington, and the kingdom’s petrodollars have proven irresistible to American politicians and decision makers for many decades.

It’s unlikely there'll be any change. The US is always happy to foment and encourage a disruption, and disorder and chaos anywhere in the Middle East, and because Saudi Arabia is such a large buyer of US weaponry, the United States government under Biden or Trump or anybody else will not want to see those profits diminish.

Robert Fantina, Author and Journalist, Ontario

Biden faces tough choices over Yemen and his ties with the regime of Saudi Arabia as he will probably need to make very important decisions soon.

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