Sunday, October 16, 2016
America fights back!
Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:
"US Tomahawks destroy Iran's radar bases in Yemen"
"Tomahawk cruise missiles launched by US Navy destroyer USS Nitze early Thursday, Oct. 13, destroyed three Iranian-Yemeni coastal radar stations, after C-802 anti-ship missiles supplied by Iran to Yemeni Houthi rebels were fired at US naval vessels off the Yemeni coast. The stations were built and operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for their Yemeni proxies to back up a threat to blockade the Red Sea. From Oct. 9, the new missiles four times targeted the US flotilla shortly after it arrived to patrol the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. Neither the US nor Iran has acknowledged their mounting confrontation over control of these strategic waters, which Tehran is waging through its Yemeni proxy . . . A highly advanced radar installation is required for the use of the C-802. Two radar stations set up outside Yemen’s two principal Red Sea ports, Mokha and Hudaydah, earlier this month were operated by IRGC missile and radar teams until they were destroyed Thursday . . . The third station was added for triangulation. The destruction of all three by US Tomahawks has knocked out the Houthis’ ability to use C-802 missiles and Iran’s threat to blockade the Red Sea."
As I said, those missiles fired at American warships more than likely not under the control of the Houthi rebel. Under the control of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the firing of those C-802 presumably done only with the consent of the highest governmental authority in Iran!
The battle for the control of the waters around Aden and Bab al-Mandeb has begun!
That significance of the waters contiguous to Aden and the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb not having changed in over one-hundred years. Admiral Jackie Fischer was right!