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Top-Secret UK Ops In Yemen Exposed; Several Operators Wounded While ‘Advising’ Saudis

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

At least five British Special Forces commandos have been wounded in a series of gun battles over the last several months as part of a top-secret UK military campaign in Yemen, according to the Daily Mail.

Top-Secret UK Ops In Yemen Exposed; Several Operators Wounded While 'Advising' Saudis

The elite Special Boat Service (SBS) troops, whose presence in the war-ravaged country is shrouded in secrecy, suffered gunshot injuries in fierce clashes with Iranian-backed rebel militia in recent months.

The SBS men were treated for leg and arm wounds following the battles in the Sa’dah area of northern Yemen, where up to 30 crack British troops are based. The casualties are understood to be now recovering in the UK. –Daily Mail

The UK’s involvement in the Saudi-Yemen conflict has shocked Brits, as the four-year war between US-backed Saudis and Iran-backed Yemen has triggered the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, while an estimated 10,000 people have been killed in battle. Some Yemeni reporters and regional humanitarian organizations have suggested the actual figure is closer to 70,000.

Also revealed by The Mail is that Royal Air Force (RAF) engineers sent to Saudi Arabia to repair the kingdom’s fleet of military aircraft were almost killed in a ‘suicide drone’ strike on the King Khalid air base, where Tornado jets used to bomb civilians in Yemen are housed. The drone reportedly exploded on the runway, destroying two Tornados, however the Ministry of Defense said no UK personnel were wounded.

Top-Secret UK Ops In Yemen Exposed; Several Operators Wounded While 'Advising' Saudis

In response to the revelations, former Minister Andrew Mitchell said last night the UK was ‘shamefully complicit’ in Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen. He called on the Government to provide further explanations to Parliament about the role of the British troops. –Daily Mail

“The guys are fighting in inhospitable desert and mountainous terrain against highly committed and well-equipped Houthi rebels. The SBS’s role is mainly training and mentoring but on occasions they have found themselves in firefights and some British troops have been shot,” an SBS source told the Mail. “In a contact a few weeks ago, a SBS guy was shot in the hand and another guy was shot in the leg. Their injuries were a reminder that this is a very dangerous assignment. Obviously nothing about the mission will be confirmed publicly by the Ministry of Defence unless a UK soldier is killed – they’d have to announce that.

Top-Secret UK Ops In Yemen Exposed; Several Operators Wounded While 'Advising' Saudis

Brits and US are aligned with jihadis who use child soldiers. 

The conflict has also seen British Special Forces fighting on the same side as jihadis and militia which use child soldiers. This is because Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, its main partner in the war, have bribed Yemeni tribal leaders with links to Al Qaeda to take their side in the conflict. –Daily Mail

It’s not just the odd youth either – child soldiers can make up to 40 per cent of the manpower in these militia units. In spite of their disadvantages, the militia do most of the fighting in Yemen because the Saudi soldiers don’t want to leave their air-conditioned camps,” said a former British serviceman who returned earlier this year from Yemen. “These militia follow an Islamic fundamentalist agenda. The tribal leaders accept payments from the Saudis and the UAE in return for youths aged 13 and 14 to bolster the front line. They are poorly armed and have no body armour. So they get picked off by the Iranian-backed rebels.

All about the benjamins

While the Pentagon threatened last August to cut off support to Saudi Arabia over civilian casualties, in September, we reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that US support for the Saudi coalition bombing campaign should continue. Per theWSJ:

Most of the State Department’s military and area specialists urged Mr. Pompeo in the memo to reject certification “due to a lack of progress on mitigating civilian casualties.”

But what ultimately tipped to scales in favor of continued support? Money, of course. 

The only group that urged him to fully support the Saudi-led coalition was the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, which argued in the memo that “lack of certification will negatively impact pending arms transfers.”

The State Department’s legislative team said “failure to certify may also negatively impact future foreign military sales and direct commercial sales to the region.”

Thus the Raytheon sale of 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — a deal said to be worth over $2 billion  appears the ultimate decider here.

In August, the Saudi-US coalition in Yemen attacked a bus full of children and civilians, which as NPR reported at the time – was just one of a long litany of instances of the coalition “causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp.” The Red Cross identified 40 children dead from that first major bus attack in Yemen’s north on August 9th.

All of this will provide anti-war 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard with plenty of ammunition to appeal to Trump voters who wanted an anti-interventionist.

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  • You can call me Al

    Here is a UK version of the above. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1088481/british-soldiers-injured-bomb-yemen-sas-aid-humanitarian-mission

    Comments were just deleted as they were put up, 3 remained – scroll to the bottom.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    I had already stated this on SouthFront 3 years ago. That the UK’s-SAS were actively engaged in fighting in Yemen and that SAS and Mi6 were actively involved in the killing of the more then 15 Russian special forces troops on the Norwegian/Russian border in mid August of 2012. Which is dubbed by Mi6 as (the secret war)
    http://thepoisonappleoftheworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/12647391_902043126570281_3242810951227074250_n.png

    • John Whitehot

      worshipping Satan is nothing different than worshipping money, or power, or anything else that is not God.

      The west completely lost the concept that even when you have all the money of the world, you are an insignificant piece of rubbish in front of the universe.

      this will lead to the extinction of those societies that have sold themselves to the perverted cabals trying to take over the world.

  • Omega

    So the current British-Saudi war against Yemen is in fact the third in a century. But why is Britain so seemingly determined to see the country dismembered and its development sabotaged? Strange as it may seem, the answer is that Britain is scared of Yemen. For Yemen is the sole country on the Arab peninsula with the potential power to challenge the colonial stitch-up reached between Britain and the Gulf monarchies it placed in power in the nineteenth century, and who continue to rule to this day.

    Beirain and the ‘Yemeni Threat’
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/01/britain-and-the-yemeni-threat/

    The end of the demoniac British Empire cannot come soon enough.

    • Sinbad2

      WWI was about Britain maintaining its oil monopoly, Winston Churchill virtually founded BP, based on Iranian oil, that Winston thought belonged to Britain.
      WWII was decided in the battles for the oil supplying regions.

      Nothing has changed, Britain wants the Yemeni oil reserves, and has done a deal with the US, just like they did when the 2 good amigos overthrew the government of Iran.

      The UK is also behind the unrest in Myanmar, why, because of the oil in the Bay of Bengal.
      If there is oil, the UK will be there trying to steal it.

      • John Whitehot

        “Britain wants the Yemeni oil reserves”

        rather, the zionist cabals that run the UK.

  • Tommy Jensen

    My impression is Tulsi is too lonely and too good to be true.
    Where are her back up in Congress? Everybody else I have seen from Congress are nut heads, sissies and warmongers.
    Could she be a zio-anglo baked prospect giving the sheeple what they expected from Trump plus USA´s first woman, and when in power the same bs continues? Probably.

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      I hope not, but we have been lied to and tricked so much, it is entirely possible.
      I am beginning to think that Hilary and Trump are still friends just like when he use to donate to the Clinton’s. That is why he is not investigating her, they were never going to do that.
      It was a show and they are both actors.

  • Thunder

    ya brits have been involved since day one now do you notice how many child deaths their are in this war??almost like they are targeting the children of yemen i mean we have bomb fragments with tags that say american made and british made lazer guided bombs many found at bomb sites where numerous children died in the bombings!!do you know what it takes to make a bombing run with lazer guided bombs??u need a team to go after and laze the target then the bomb is dropped while the lazers watch i might add.probably filmed it and give it to the lizard queen out there in england just another snuff film they have whole libraries of snuff films don’t ya windsors??entire fckn libraries!!

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      I believe the SBS and SAS are trying to depopulate the indigenous people that God placed there for future Satanic one world government expansion.

      • John Whitehot

        the only thing the SBS and SAS are able to depopulate is their own offspring, by excessive masturbation.

  • adzsiam

    These SBS fellas are probably advising the Saudi backed fighters like a kindergarten teacher with toddlers. Can’t do much except lead them into battle and hope they don’t run away at the first sign of trouble.

  • Ronald

    Tulsi Gabbard is one light of hope for the USA.
    Enormous are the forces of darkness before her, she is a true warrior for stepping up to it.

    Aloha Tulsi, give’m Sista.

    • John Whitehot

      I don’t think they’ll let her win the primaries.

      Even if that happens, the plan b will probably consist in putting out 2 or 3 more independent candidates (Bernie Sanders for example) in order to disperse the “left” votes, and make them run against a single republican, be him a “put back in line Trump” or another cabal made useful idiot.

      • Ronald

        The forces of darkness stand before us all, still one candle can light a room.
        We the People can not give up.