Saudi Aramco Refinery Attacked by Drones


Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have captured a large number of Saudi troops after a major attack near the border between the two countries.

A Houthi spokesman told the BBC that three Saudi brigades had surrendered near the Saudi town of Najran.

He said thousands of soldiers had been captured and many others killed. Saudi officials have not confirmed the claim.

The operation was the largest of its kind since the conflict began, the spokesman said.

Colonel Yahiya Sarea said Saudi forces had suffered "huge losses in life and machinery".

All those captured would be paraded on the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV network on Sunday, he added.
 
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Notably, the Saudi’s haven’t commented and Reuters say they cannot independently verify. It’s also believed to put a stop to an agreed prisoner swap of 7,000 per side.

Catchy Op name:
A U.N.-brokered prisoner swap deal agreed between the Houthis and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government last December involving some 7,000 detainees on each side has yet to happen.

“Operation ‘Victory from God’ is the largest military one since the brutal aggression began. The enemy suffered heavy losses ... and wide swathes of territory were liberated in only a few days,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam tweeted.
 
Vid of operation. Starts proper at 10:00 18:00 and 25:00 gives indication of prisoner numbers.

Allegedly
>527 dead.
>2281 captured(including 29 Saudi army officers and at least 200 regular Saudi soldiers)
>Over 41 armoured vehicles destroyed and 63 captured intact.
>dozens of unarmoured vehicles seized or damaged
>"Thousands of weapons seized"

 
There was mention of Mercenaries yesterday - any other nationalities named yet?
 
Vid of operation. Starts proper at 10:00 18:00 and 25:00 gives indication of prisoner numbers.

Allegedly
>527 dead.
>2281 captured(including 29 Saudi army officers and at least 200 regular Saudi soldiers)
>Over 41 armoured vehicles destroyed and 63 captured intact.
>dozens of unarmoured vehicles seized or damaged
>"Thousands of weapons seized"

It seems the Houthi Army has just gone partially mobile.
 

Mike Barton

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Vid of operation. Starts proper at 10:00 18:00 and 25:00 gives indication of prisoner numbers.

Allegedly
>527 dead.
>2281 captured(including 29 Saudi army officers and at least 200 regular Saudi soldiers)
>Over 41 armoured vehicles destroyed and 63 captured intact.
>dozens of unarmoured vehicles seized or damaged
>"Thousands of weapons seized"

It seems YT have taken it down, has anyone got another link to the video?
 

Mike Barton

War Hero
Someone's getting rattled.

Saudi prince warns of Iran threat to world oil

From Frank Gardner in the article

Remarks betray Saudi vulnerability
There are subtle clues in this interview as to why the Saudi response to the 14 September drone and missile attacks has been so restrained. Note that the crown prince warns that a war with Iran would be catastrophic, not just for his country but for the global economy.
Four years ago, when MBS committed his forces to the disastrous war in Yemen, his response might have been bolder. But the Yemen war has not gone as the Saudis intended while their enemy, the Houthi rebels, are launching ever increasing numbers of drones and missiles across the common border.
The recent attacks on the Saudi oil industry, widely blamed on Iran, did real damage. So the Saudis now know just how vulnerable their critical infrastructure is to any Iranian strike.
On the Khashoggi murder, the crown prince's "taking of responsibility" is a belated acknowledgment of how much unease there still is about this incident in the West. But that, of course, is not the same as admitting any involvement in it, which he and his government still deny.
 
In an interview covering a variety of subjects, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that if something isn't done about Iran, then oil prices could rise to "unimaginably high numbers that we haven't seen in our lifetimes."

However, he said that he prefers a political solution rather than a military one. It's not clear what this would entail.

The crown prince also addressed the Sept. 14 missile and drone attack on Saudi oil facilities. While Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels claimed the assault, Saudi Arabia has said it was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran."

He warned in Sunday's broadcast that oil prices could spike to "unimaginably high numbers" if the world doesn't come together to deter Iran, but said he preferred a political solution to a military one.

"If the world does not take a strong and firm action to deter Iran, we will see further escalations that will threaten world interests," bin Salman said through a translator. "Oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven't seen in our lifetimes."
 
I am out in Saudi now. To be fair there is nothing out of the ordinary happening that would suggest conditions/atmosphere is changing etc. Even though the reason i am out here, some others from outside of Saudi have cancelled because of recent issues, i did not think it much of a concern and have good contacts within who would say.
Saying that though on a different reason, i was meant to meet up with some Saudi military but they are a little busy so have delayed lol.
 

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