Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Islamists in Yemen – Ground Force Attacks Possible….

yemen air strikes

Egypt's President Fattah al Sisi and New Saudi King Salaman January 2015

Egypt’s President Fattah al Sisi and New Saudi King Salaman January 2015

(Via Al Arabia) Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia and destroyed most of their air defenses, Al Arabiya News Channel reported early on Thursday.

Arab Gulf states had announced that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.”

The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s stability. (read more)

yemen air strikes 2(Via Fox News)  Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen early Friday, one day after the U.S.-backed Yemeni president was driven out of the country.

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said the operations began at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

He said the Houthis, widely believed to be backed by Iran, “have always chosen the path of violence.” He declined to say whether the Saudi campaign involved U.S. intelligence assistance.

Al-Jubeir made the announcement at a rare news conference by the Sunni kingdom.

He said the Saudis “will do anything necessary” to protect the people of Yemen and “the legitimate government of Yemen.”

A Yemeni official earlier Wednesday would not say where Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled to, but did tell Fox News: “He is safe. That’s all I can say at this point.”

Hadi’s departure marks a dramatic turn in Yemen’s turmoil and means a decisive collapse of what was left of his rule, which the United States and Gulf allies had hoped could stabilize the chronically chaotic nation and fight Al Qaeda’s branch here after the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Over the past year, the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who are believed to be supported by Iran, have battled their way out of their northern strongholds, overwhelmed the capital, Sanaa, seized province after province in the north and worked their way south. Their advance has been boosted by units of the military and security forces that remained loyal to Saleh, who allied with the rebels.

With Hadi gone, there remains resistance to the Houthis scattered around the country, whether from Sunni tribesmen, local militias, pro-Hadi military units or Al Qaeda fighters. (read more)

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112 Responses to Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Islamists in Yemen – Ground Force Attacks Possible….

  1. sundance says:

    ….”Gulf nations also have cited their own pretext for intervention. The Gulf Cooperation Council, made up of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain, warned earlier this year that they would act to protect the Arabian Peninsula’s security and described the Houthi takeover of parts of Yemen as a “terrorist” act. The Gulf’s emergency military force, known as Peninsula Shield, intervened in Bahrain in 2011 to help the Sunni monarchy crush protests backed by the Shiite majority”….

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/saudis-egypt-intervention-yemen-air-29903863

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  2. TexasRanger says:

    State Dept – “We Stand By” Obama’s Claim That Yemen Is Successful Counter-Terror Strategy…

    Just How Out-of-Touch Can The State Department Be.? Everyone is Laughing – if Not Crying.!

    I Think The World Now Knows They Can’t Count On Obama For Nothing – But Trouble and A Mess.!

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  3. crossthread42 says:

    Broken ARROW..

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  4. ytz4mee says:

    What a refreshing change that the Gulf States – especially Saudia Arabia – are finally doing their own heavy lifting.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I just hope they don’t end up shooting at our guys. 😯

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      • ytz4mee says:

        Who knows? They’ve viewed “us” openly with contempt as their “hired help” for years. I can not say I am a fan of any exchange officer from the Gulf States I’ve had the “pleasure” of interacting with during my husband’s service. The ones in his flight class made it clear they were here as untouchable, politically connected “hook-ups” for their box-checking TopGun experience and the easy and gullible American women. I never viewed any of them as serious professionals in any sense of the word.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Ytz, on the Army side concur with your post. I could fill at least two pages of this thread with their antics at Benning, 83-86. On the other hand, I was a choir boy when participating in exchange programs.

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        • canadacan says:

          They think they are princes and they are arrogant.
          As a woman I want to tear my hair out over the stupidity of American women who allow themselves to be picked up by these guys.
          No way Jose.

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    • sundance says:

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      • ytz4mee says:

        “Decisive Storm” ? Seriously?

        War is Peace
        Freedom is Slavery
        Ignorance is Strength.

        Sure. This is going to work.out.just.fine.

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        • sundance says:

          ACTIVE REPORT: 150,000 ground troops assembling on the SA/Yemen border. It would appear Saudi Arabia has been planning this contingency for well more than a few hours….

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          • ytz4mee says:

            Did they get a money-back guarantee from McLame and the rest of the corruptocritters when they failed to deliver on SA’s desire to see their hired help solve their Syria problem for them?

            Nothing screams success like an undisciplined ragtag band of tribalists taking on something even the five sided foxhole decided was a bridge too far.

            Thanks alot, Zero. So reassuring to know that almost being made a widow was worth it. 👿

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            • Sentient says:

              At every opportunity, Obama sides with the Sunnis, despite the fact that the Shia have been the least troublesome. The takeover in Yemen by the Houthis seems to me to have been a good thing, as it is a counterbalance to the rise of ISIS. But ushering in the Caliphate seems to be Obama’s goal, and he won’t let any Shia, Alawites or Druze get in his way.

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      • ytz4mee says:

        RING RING

        SA: Hello?
        Pakistan: I heard you’re having a party. Is it okay if we crash? We’d like to bring some new friends.
        SA: Sure.
        Pakistan: Great! Can we bring anything?
        SA: Well, now that you mention it, if you’re not using those spare nukes right now …

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    • cohibadad says:

      The whole place is a disaster. The Houthi militia’s wikipedia page says “The Houthis have asserted that their actions are to fight against the expansion of Salafism in Yemen”. So yet another group fighting the ideological basis of ISIS/AQ, like in Syria, with Saudi Arabia, the ideological home of Wahhabism/Salafism that forms the foundation of Saudi Arabian Islam, along with the Gulf states, striking from the air and apparently soon to have troops in Yemen. So we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Leave Assad and the Houthis in place and you have Iranian proxies spreading in the ME, destroy them and you make it easier for ISIS-aligned nutcases to fill the void.

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  5. TexasRanger says:

    Saudi Arabia Launches Air Strikes on Houthi Fighters in Yemen – Saudi Envoy…

    Iran Backs The Houthi Militia Rebels in Yemen That Are Trying To Overthrow That Government.

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  6. TexasRanger says:

    Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen.

    Saudi Arabian Forces, Joined by Nine Other Countries, Have Launched a Military Operation in Yemen Against Shiite Houthi Rebels,

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  7. dsb steve says:

    Is it all air strikes up to now? As in the Saudis cannot get enlisted troops to fight for the King. I do not think Jordan has sent any ground troops against ISIS. Even after they burned their pilot to death.

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  8. whuptdue says:

    OT, heavens forbid Russia and NATO feel left out of all the war drama….FoxNews: NATO scrambles jets after Russian military spotted over Baltic Sea

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  9. freepetta says:

    Jen Psaki is expecting, I know one thing, her baby is going to have one long long nose.

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  10. Cetera says:

    Matthew 24:3-14

    As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

    “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of many will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      “…the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

      Amen to that. Stand firm.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Like a Rock! With sword and shield, my Armor is on, I will fight, mounted or dismounted. I will fight to my last breath, Standing in the Name of the Lord. If I am to die, I will Die Standing, not on my knees.

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  11. sundance says:

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  12. sundance says:

    Here’s the problem – as it appears.

    I think we are about to see how much ISIS coordination exists, and how well they are able to communicate with the various factions in various regions.

    el Sisi (Egypt) might want to go all in to protect and support his friend King Salaman (Saudi Arabia) in Yemen, but Sisi has ISIS radicals in Libya and Tunisia on his flank and ISIS radicals in the Sinai at his backdoor.

    Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain might all wish to fight ISIS in Yemen – but QATAR is sketchy and each of the aforementioned have an embed population of ISIS jihadists to worry about.

    Not to mention the U.S. is currently working WITH Shia Iran in Tikrit and yet releases this statement:

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Well, isn’t that special.

      Maybe teh Won will do something super meaningful and hold a presser to announce his ME Clustercluck bracket.

      👿

      “A Joint Planning Cell”
      Talk about drawing the short straw. Those guys are going to need more than care packages of DunkinDonuts coffee and baby wipes. 😦

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      • tig's mom says:

        “Strongly urged”. The ME is quaking in their sandals right now.

        “Krispy” Kreme would suit me fine just about now. Hold the radioactivity please.

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      • nimrodman says:

        “We strongly urge the Houthis to halt immediately …”

        Ok then. I guess that’s the proverbial “strongly-worded letter”.

        And of course the Houthis will obey and “halt” in 3 … 2 … 1 …

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      It’s a mess, I’ll agree. But Iran having a client state on the peninsula would be a horrible game-changer, and I can see why the Saudis acted. Persia reaching out to the Med one more time is not an historic impossibility. Yowza. What a mess.

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      • smiley says:

        getting REAL close to MECCA.
        and then there’s the Suez Canal/Red Sea…which Iran wants to control for oil transports.

        US is losing its influence..(understatement)..the Houthi “rebels” have looted US intel files (!), another win for Iran.
        this is getting worse than Cold War era.
        they’re waking up…Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen…look what happened…Saudi doesn’t want to be next.
        a very hot situation.

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    • sundance says:

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    • Pat B. says:

      “like”

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    • manickernel says:

      So basically we are assisting Iran with airstrikes in Tikrit, and opposing them concurrently in Yemen. Methinks Obama is in too deep. I love it.

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  13. dekare says:

    I wonder why our dear ally, saudi arabia did NOT include obama in its plans to go ahead and do this… I wonder if it was because they wanted to SURPRISE the enemy.

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    • nimrodman says:

      Just saw John McCain on Fox. He said he’s been told that “the Saudis consider the US to be more a friend of Iran” and something about “little advantage to being allied with the US anymore”.

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  14. Leftist sites are chatting about the last episode of Mad Men. Meanwhile I think this is WWWIII.

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Nah. What could possibly go wrong?

      Pakistan has nukes. Israel has nukes. Iran may or may not have workable nukes.
      If not “weapons” all have enough to “lose track of” for a “oopsie” dirty weapon.

      And the entire thing is predicated on loose allegiances that are as firm as the shifting sand this is being fought in, and we’re funding both sides.

      Perfect!

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  15. ytz4mee says:

    You know what this is missing?
    A snappy hashtag campaign.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Sharon says:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president/2015-03-25

    His schedule was light and irrelevant on Wednesday, and “no public schedule” at this time for Thursday. Perhaps Teh Fixer decided that “no public schedule” could be flexxed around later to be whatever they need it to be in light of His Excellency’s Irrelevance on the world scene.

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  17. Crystal says:

    Perhaps the following is the reason the WH considers Yemen to be a success story. It appears that Bari is allowing 50,000 people from Yemen to settle in the US:

    http://gotnews.com/settling-50000-people-yemen-u-s-yemencrisis/

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  18. TexasRanger says:

    Yemen – Middle East

    In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.”

    The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s stability.

    Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units on Thursday, after it launched its operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    The UAE contributed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwaiti 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 in the operation.

    On Thursday, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Sudan also expressed their readiness to participate on the ground in Yemen.

    Air Strikes In Progress…..

    Full Story
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/26/Saudi-deploys-100-fighter-jets-150-000-soldiers-for-anti-Houthi-campaign.html

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  19. TexasRanger says:

    Iranian state media calls military operation by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies in Yemen a ‘US-backed aggression’ – @AFP

    Iran wants an immediate halt to all military actions and air strikes in Yemen – FARS news agency via @Reuters

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  20. JohnP says:


    The largest supporter of IS vs Iranian terrorists…..who care who wins.

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    • smiley says:

      JohnP, you have such an impressive understanding of all of this, I certainly would never question you about any of it, and I get your point.
      but what is so worrisome to me is how this is spreading like wildfire.
      not just in ME but also EU ( Libya as a launching pad) and our side of the pond; and
      the checkmate scenarios coming down.
      esp on Israel.
      and us.

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      • JohnP says:

        Saudi Arabia and Iran have been comfortably fighting a war by proxy for 30 over years in ten different countries. They have spawned al-Qaeda, ISIS, al-Nusra, Hezbollah, Black September and a dozen more. If I sound cynically pleased it’s because the two major destabilizing forces in the Mideast have finally been forced into open conflict.

        The only way there can ever be a resolution in the Mideast is for these two countries have to come to terms. That was never going to happen as long as they could continue to use other countries as their cannon fodder.

        The real question is – How can Obama screw this up?

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  21. realitycheck says:

    No comments about the Islamic Saudis etc being the ones attacking the Islamist terrorists. I thought all Muslims were the same and didn’t stand up to fight this terrorism.

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  22. georgiafl says:

    Sunni vs Shia Mohammedanism – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunni_Islam#/media/File:Islam_by_country.png

    This war began right after Mohammed died and has continued ever since.

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    • JohnP says:

      It gets even better, the rightful ruler of Saudi Arabia is King Abdullah of Jordan. The Hashemites ruled the region until the early 1700’s.

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    • JohnP says:

      It doesn’t really. Between the poison gas bombs and boobytraps the combined Iraqi Army, Iranian Army and Shiite Militia attacking IS in Tikrit had hit a brick wall. It was originally the decision of Iraqi PM Hader al-Abadi that the coalition stay out of the retaking of Tikrit because it is a politically charged situation. He didn’t want IS to use the coalitions involvement to become a propaganda device. The overall military leader of the combined ground troops is Iranian General Qassem Suleiman, he was chosen to keep a lid on the Shiite Millitia. As I commented on that thread it was more of an Iraqi issue than Iranian, but by that time the squirrels were in full stampede.

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  23. sulli159 says:

    obama is going to be sooooooo mad.

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  24. shipley130 says:

    This is much bigger news than people realize.

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  25. JohnP says:

    3 Shiite Militias Quit Iraqi Siege of ISIS in Tikrit Over U.S. Air Role

    AL RASHID AIR BASE, Iraq — Three major Shiite militia groups pulled out of the fight for Tikrit on Thursday, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as American warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.

    The militia groups, some of which until recently had Iranian advisers with them, pulled out of the Tikrit fight in protest of the American military airstrikes, which began late Wednesday night, insisting that the Americans were not needed to defeat the extremists in Tikrit.

    Together the three groups represent as much as a third of the 30,000 fighters on the government side in the offensive against the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL, analysts said.

    “We don’t trust the American-led coalition in combating ISIS,” said Naeem al-Uboudi, the spokesman for Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the three groups which said they would withdraw from the front line around Tikrit. “In the past they have targeted our security forces and dropped aid to ISIS by mistake,” he said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/world/middleeast/iraq-us-air-raids-islamic-state-isis.html?smid=tw-bna&_r=0

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Now this is interesting, very interesting!

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      • JohnP says:

        Like I said Abadi is walking on a political razor’s edge. It doesn’t help that there are hundreds of jerks on the web feeding the unrest. Notice this line – “In the past they have targeted our security forces and dropped aid to ISIS by mistake. It’s an ISIS propaganda construct, based on the one pallet that went south in the Kobane airdrop. They got so much traction with it, that they have been pumping the rumor that the coalition is doing the same thing in Iraq.

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      • JohnP says:

        This is quickly shaping up into a full blown power play by Assib Ahl al-Haq. They have been referring to PM Hader al-Abadi as Hader al-Amriki.

        The head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qayis Khizali, has accused Kurds of trying to deepen the conflict between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites.
        Despite the violence committed against Sunnis by Shiites after the liberation of Iraq in 2003, Khizali accuses the Kurds of trying to further sectarian conflict between the two groups in the country.
        “The Kurds have smartly worked on causing sectarian conflicts in Iraq and used Iraqi national revenues to makes a number of demands on the current federal government of Iraq,” he said.
        Khizali claims that Kurds take advantage of tensions between Shiite and Sunni groups.
        “Kurds continuously threaten to secede from Iraq, for political and financial gains,” he added.
        He called on Iraq to unite and put pressure on Kurds to accept an equal share. The Iraq federal government has been under Shiite control for over a decade and has used its authority against both Kurds and Sunnis. Shiite Prime Ministers have blocked the delivery of the Kurdistan Region’s share of the budget for 15 months.

        http://basnews.com/en/news/2015/03/26/shiite-militia-leader-accuses-kurds-of-deepening-sectarian-conflict-in-iraq/

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  26. cali says:

    Obama supports anything and everything ‘Shia’ while the ‘Shia – like Iran’ hates the Sunnis and associated ISIS – ISIS and Salafists are one and the same.
    It should explain the Saudi’s intense dislikes of Obama – expressed by the recent passed King – who – after Obama showing up with his entourage in the desert at the Kingdom’s retreat. Obama was literally told to take a ‘hike’ after being read the riot act by King Abdullah; even being denied dinner. (LOL)
    It must be getting a bit lonely for Barry – having lost all this his ‘thought’ of friends while having alienated every ally. Israel has gained many friends in the middle east – behind the scenes.

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