This time their C.801 missile scored a verifiable direct hit on the catamaran Swift, a former U.S. Navy catamaran now in Emirati service. The missile impacted at the starboard bow and wrecked the ship’s bridge, injuring many of the crew but apparently killing no one.
The newest step in the U.S. entanglement in Yemen is the direct application of U.S. firepower. On Thursday the United States fired cruise missiles at radar installations in territory controlled by the Yemeni rebels known as Houthis. The missile strikes were in response to a couple of unsuccessful firings from that territory of missiles evidently aimed at a U.S. warship.
Saudi Arabia has admitted that it bombed a funeral in the Yemeni capital that killed more than 140 people last week after initially denying it. A statement by a Saudi investigative body said on Saturday the kingdom carried out the strike based on what it called bad information. Saudi warplanes attacked the hall where people were attending a wake for the father of Yemen’s interior minister in Sana’a last Saturday.
Saudi officials initially said their aircraft had not carried out any attack on the Yemeni capital that day.
So far the main outcome of the war was it revealed the utter bankruptcy of the modern Saudi army, which turned out to be a paper tiger, despite the huge expenditure on the purchase of modern equipment and weapons.
Overall, the SAA continues to solve the problem of the elimination of the encircled enclaves of “green”. With the improvement of the situation in Hama, Assad is now quite comfortable. The rebellion is constrained by internal problems associated with the American elections, Russia is increasing its military presence, and the recent failure seriously demoralized militants.The more territories Assad liberates before the moment when the US will start to become more active in Syria, the easier it is for Syria, Iran and Russia to deal with this activity.
As previously reported, in mid-October, “Admiral Kuznetsov” will go to sea campaign, which runs until 2017. The Minister of defence RF Sergei Shoigu said that the aircraft carrier will become part of the permanent operative connection of the Russian ships in the Eastern Mediterranean sea. This week it became known that the possibility of participation of “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the beginning of 2017 in joint exercises with the Egyptian helicopter carrier “Mistral”.
Libya’s UN-backed unity government suffered a blow in its Tripoli base late on Friday when a rival seized key offices in the capital and proclaimed the reinstatement of the former administration.
The Government of National Accord (GNA) was installed by the UN in April, intended to replace two rival administrations, one in Tripoli and one in the eastern Cyrenaica region.