Saudi airstrikes against Yemeni rebels

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HectortheInspector said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8344394.stm

It looks as if Saudi is being drawn into the fight against the Shia insurgency, which will probably mean more potential conflict with Iranian interests.
Unsurprising the two have been waging war by proxy for some time; the Saudis do not trust those pesky Shia Iranians one jot and vice versa, this is just them vying for regional dominance, all the more important now that Iraq is not the buffer it used to be. A Shia usurption of her southern neighbour would put Saudi in an awful quandry and no mistake. Though it's rare for them to get stuck in officially as it were, a lot of their pilots were trained by our lot under the Al-Yammamah deals, used to see a lot of ex-crabs knocking about Riyadh, probably using Tornados for the job. any moreinfo?
 
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Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
 
#6
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
Since when could arab states like Saudi afford tornados and F-15s?

Guessing its something to do with oil?
 

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#8
Combat_Baby said:
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
Since when could arab states like Saudi afford tornados and F-15s?

Guessing its something to do with oil?
Royal Saudi Air Force
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Air_Force

Also the Eurofighter Typhoon.

As to the oil... You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment. (With thanks to F Urquhart)
 
#11
Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia is actually undefined as it straddles the Rab Al Khali desert (The Empty Quarter). I have led a few expeditions in Rab Al Khali and it is very unhospitable terrain. North Yemen & South Yemen were only united as a 'new' country in 1990 about 6 months before Iraq invaded Kuwait. The old South Yemen used to have the Port of Aden which was a very big British Garrison until we withdrew in the late 1960's. North Yemen has always been a troublesome area. USS Cole was attacked by AQ in Aden killing 20 odd sailors ten years ago. The Yemen is a very poor country with over 50% of the country existing on less than £2 a day. The capital in Sana'a & the Government have been under pressure from western governments for the last 20yrs to try and quell the troublesome North East area. My guess is that RSAF Tornadoes were used. To the east of Yemen is the Oman who patrol the border and don't trust their neighbours. I have no doubt that British & American Int was supplied in the mission planning in order to keep Sana'a & Riyadh onside.
 
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#13
Combat_Baby said:
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
Since when could arab states like Saudi afford tornados and F-15s?

Guessing its something to do with oil?
That had to be a WAH!!! 8O
 
#14
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
Since when could arab states like Saudi afford tornados and F-15s?

Guessing its something to do with oil?
Royal Saudi Air Force
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Air_Force

Also the Eurofighter Typhoon.

As to the oil... You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment. (With thanks to F Urquhart)
Hate to get into a fight with them then!!! :D
 
#15
gloworm said:
Combat_Baby said:
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
Since when could arab states like Saudi afford tornados and F-15s?

Guessing its something to do with oil?
That had to be a WAH!!! 8O

WAH?????
 

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#16
tekirdag said:
Yes, but who flies it all? Are there enough locals, are many still ex-RAF mercenaries?

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The ex-crabs were mainly there during the 80s following the the start of A-Y, mostly involved in pilot training, Strikemasters were the bunnies in the early days, all ostensibly working for BAe Most of the AF pilots are now Saudi nationals. Training still relies on significant foreign expertise.
 
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#18
Combat_Baby said:
gloworm said:
Combat_Baby said:
HectortheInspector said:
Combat_Baby said:
Shock horror!!!

They have planes???

O sorry, I forgot a Grob Tutor counts as a plane :twisted:
Well, the Yemenis have a standard Cold War Soviet fleet of MiG 29s, 21s and Su22. The Saudis have Tornados, F15s and so on.

The rebels might have a paper dart or two.
Since when could arab states like Saudi afford tornados and F-15s?

Guessing its something to do with oil?
That had to be a WAH!!! 8O

WAH?????
Oh yes.
 

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HectortheInspector said:
rampant said:
Hey hector who's doing the muezzin around here you or me? :wink:
Speaking of the Muezzin- The Hajj season starts around the 25th, and the Saudis are apaprently getting very nervous about possible trouble in Mecca
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8339936.stm

This might have something to do with them giving the Yemenis a hand.
Danger of a repeat of '79 or '89. That would be most embarassing and messy, do you think they'll call on the French again :wink:
 

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