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Post #601 by shredz » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:47 am

vonbonds wrote:Dog has money on the turds


All is well for the Kurds in Raqqa but putting up posters of Ocalan is asking for a Turkish beatdown. The fucking of the Kurds are the one thing every enemy agrees on. "PKK in Kirkuk" was used as a reason for Iraq's advance. Called it a "declaration of war"
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Post #602 by shredz » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:01 am

A detailed report worthy of reading. Certainly doesn't help Trump's "Im da best CIC eva" rhetoric.



Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.

The growing list of unanswered questions and inability to construct a precise account of the Oct. 4 incident have exacerbated a public relations nightmare for the White House, which is embroiled in controversy over President Trump’s belated and seemingly clumsy response this week to console grieving military families.

“We need to find out what happened and why,” White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

At the Pentagon, Mattis suggested to reporters that he would say little pending results of the investigation. “We at the Department of Defense like to know what we’re talking about before we talk," he said. "And so we don't have all the accurate information yet. We will release it as rapidly as we get it."

The attack, apparently carried out by militants affiliated with Islamic State, was the deadliest since Trump took office, yet the U.S. military’s Africa Command still does not have a clear “story board” of facts that commanders usually gather swiftly after deadly incidents. That has senior Pentagon officials and lawmakers suggesting incompetence.

The questions arising from the incident, particularly about the availability of additional military support to the patrol, echo those raised in the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four people: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, foreign service information officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday that getting to the bottom of what happened may require subpoenas.

“That's why we're called the Senate Armed Services Committee,” he said. “It's because we have oversight of our military. So we deserve to have all the information."

Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, at an event hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank, said the Pentagon will have “authoritative, definitive answers” to questions such as whether an intelligence failure contributed to the ambush and why the body of one soldier initially was left behind.

But the investigation will take time, he said. “There is a period of time where there is always ambiguity here in Washington to what is going on halfway down the world,” McMaster said, adding that there are no military missions that are “risk free.”

A team of investigators, led by a one-star general, is working to clear up the confusion of what occurred before, during and after the mission. For instance, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Fla., was initially unaccounted for and his body wasn't found until after an intense two-day search, and then by Nigerien villagers.

Also killed were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga.

For months before the ambush, the U.S. military had requested more drones or other surveillance aircraft in Niger and additional military medical support, but those requests met resistance from the U.S. ambassador to the country, who was reluctant to increase the American presence in the country, according to a U.S. official briefed on the attack.

The Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, otherwise known as an “A-Team,” increasingly had been operating in remote areas far from command support, the official said. Green Beret-led patrols had visited the area along the Mali-Niger border 29 times in the last six months. Islamic State and Al Qaeda operate there, exploiting divisions within local tribal forces in the region.

U.S. military officials also are looking into the possibility that French forces were attacked in the same area in previous days, but that information may not have been relayed to the A-Team.

More details about the deadly firefight are coming to light as the Army moves forward with its formal investigation. The military now considers the ambush to have been a well-planned and coordinated series of two successive attacks on the Special Forces A-Team attached to Nigerien forces.

The A-Team had been able to fend off the first ambush but was attacked again while trying to retreat deeper into Niger, the official said.

It was in the chaos of the second attack that the unit may have lost track of Johnson and initially members were unable to confirm he had been killed in the assault. French attack helicopters and jets responded during the second ambush, successfully killing and pushing away the gunmen, allowing the remaining members of the U.S. and Nigerien force to escape.

Without the French air response, the military is concerned the entire unit could have been killed. Two American soldiers were wounded, and four Nigerien soldiers were also killed in the attack, and eight wounded.

The unit was driving in light unarmored vehicles that are sometimes preferred by Special Forces units for maneuverability and speed. Given the sophistication of the attack, U.S. military officials believe Islamic State may have played a role in helping plan the attack.

Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, documented to Congress in March his forces’ lack of needed resources on the continent. He said about 20% to 30% of requirements for “intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance” flights were being met, and complained there weren’t enough military helicopters to help locate missing, wounded, or killed service members.

“For personnel recovery, Africa Command relies heavily on contract search and rescue assets due to lack of dedicated assets to support operations,” Waldhauser said. “Furthermore, African partners lack the capability and capacity to assist with personnel recovery missions.”


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Post #603 by shredz » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:04 am

TILLERSON TELLS IRANIAN MILTIAS TO LEAVE IRAQ.

SOLEIMANI LAUGHS WHILE PREPARING AN EMP.
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Post #604 by PredsFan77 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:49 am

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Post #605 by PredsFan77 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:40 pm

Lebanon declares war on the Sauds. Everyone make final arrangements to your easily defensible lands
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Post #606 by Craig » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:12 pm

Lol, Lebanon.
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Post #608 by senate » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:14 am

Dog wrote:Are you going to be activated, banana?


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Post #609 by TittiesNBeer » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:48 pm

Sunnis vs Shiites is going to start WW3
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Post #610 by PredsFan77 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:54 pm

man where is broad's senior middle east correspondent, pennywise shredder, to break all this down for us mere mortals:

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Post #611 by shredz » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:00 am

PredsFan77 wrote:He's the next President of the United States. Have some respect, Demp. He's just pandering to his big pocket defense donors to make sure they stock his campaign with billions of dollars.



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Can we get a "posts that have aged well" smilie? and one for the opposite?
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Post #612 by shredz » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:20 am

PredsFan77 wrote:man where is broad's senior middle east correspondent, pennywise shredder, to break all this down for us mere mortals:



Prince Bandar's potential "arrest" is being kept low from the profile as to not scare off the worms here he was dealing with. Trump's hands are all over this. Craziest theory I've heard so far was "Bushes/Purged Saudi's tried to assassinate MbS/Kushner in Vegas"

Saudi's need to bring all of that money home because they are obviously in a tough spot. We're seeing coup, counter coups in the dark of the night. I wouldn't expect all of his opponents to lay down and take it but so far he has shown his power.
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Post #613 by shredz » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:21 am

PredsFan77 wrote:Shredder tells me he called this over a year ago


I didnt call it, just made a forecast before the Saudi invasion of Yemen even happened.

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Post #614 by PredsFan77 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:59 am

you told me you called it
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Post #615 by shredz » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:10 am

I don't recall.

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Post #616 by shredz » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:42 am

Lebanon’s PM rethinks quitting after getting the hell out of Saudi
https://news.vice.com/story/lebanon-hariri-resignation
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Post #617 by shredz » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:04 pm

And as expected, we tell the Kurds bye bye. Or we don't arm them, we just send troops to take the land.

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to stop sending weapons directly to Kurdish militants battling Islamic State in Syria, dealing a political blow to the U.S.’s most reliable ally in the civil war, officials said Friday.

Mr. Trump delivered the news in a call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who has long urged the U.S. to cut off its support for Kurdish militants he views as terrorists intent on destroying his own country.

Turkish officials made public the details of the move before the White House appeared to have informed its Kurdish allies in Syria or relayed its plans to many officials at the Pentagon or State Department.


In its official readout of the call, the White House said the GOP president “informed President Erdogan of pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria” as the fight against Islamic State moves into a “stabilization phase” to ensure Islamic State doesn’t return.

A senior U.S. administration official said later that the U.S. is preparing to “wind up” its direct support for Kurdish forces in Syria, a move long expected to come after the defeat of Islamic State in the Middle East.

U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria has been a major irritant in U.S.-Turkey relations. The Kurdish forces in Syria are closely aligned with the so-called PKK, which is classified as a terrorist group by the U.S. and Turkey. The PKK has used suicide attacks and car bombers to wage a decadeslong fight for more Kurdish rights in Turkey. PKK militants fight and train with their Syrian counterparts, known as the YPG. But the U.S. has long maintained that the Syrian Kurds are a distinct force and should not be considered terrorists.

The U.S. began providing arms to the YPG in 2014 when the Kurdish fighters successfully pushed Islamic State out of Kobani, a Syrian town on the Turkish border. Because of Turkey’s concerns, the U.S. restricted its direct support for the YPG and provided arms to the Kurdish fighters through an umbrella group set up, in part, to serve as a funnel for weapons to the militants.

With U.S. support, the Kurdish fighters became the U.S.’s best ally on the ground in Syria. The YPG pushed Islamic State out of northeastern Syria, where they set up a new government that is viewed with alarm by neighboring Turkey. Turkey has accused the YPG of funneling weapons over the border to PKK militants, a charge the group has denied.

The administration of former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, looked at directly arming the YPG right before Mr. Trump took office in January, but the incoming administration put the issue on hold while it reviewed the U.S. campaign against Islamic State.

In May, Mr. Trump decided to arm the YPG directly as the fighters stepped up their fight to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, the unofficial Syrian capital of the group’s self-declared caliphate. The decision upset Turkish leaders, but they tempered their criticism as they sought to develop a more collegial relationship with Mr. Trump.

Backed by U.S. airstrikes and special forces on the ground, the YPG and its Arab allies succeeded last month in pushing Islamic State out of Raqqa. Since then, Islamic State has been fractured. The YPG and its allies have been working to push Islamic State out of its remaining Syrian strongholds along the Iraq border. The fall of Raqqa, combined with the collapse of Islamic State in neighboring Iraq, has eased

Turkish leaders first broke the news Friday after their call with Mr. Trump.

“Mr. Trump clearly said that he had given clear instructions and that the YPG won’t be given arms,” said Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister. He quoted Mr. Trump as saying “this nonsense should have ended a long time ago.”

Mr. Cavusoglu said Mr. Trump gave instructions to U.S. generals and his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, that “no weapons would be issued” to the Kurdish forces.

“Of course, we were very happy with this,” Mr. Cavusoglu said.


The Turkish announcement came as a surprise in Washington, where military and political officials in Mr. Trump’s administration appeared to be caught off-guard. U.S. military officials said they had received no new guidance about supplying weapons to the Kurdish forces. But they said there were no immediate plans to deliver any new weapons to the group. And the U.S. can continue to provide the Kurdish forces with arms via the umbrella Syrian militant coalition.

But the decision was a political setback for the Kurdish forces, who have leveraged U.S. support for the fight against Islamic State into a political ballast for their hopes of building an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria.

Earlier this week, Mr. Erdogan flew to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran to discuss the war in Syria. The three leaders sketched out a political process for Syria, but U.S. support will be needed for any viable plan.

—David Gauthier-Villars in Istanbul and Nancy A. Youssef in Washington

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Post #618 by PredsFan77 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:07 am

welp, nice knowin yall

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Post #619 by shredz » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:58 pm

GET THE CANNED GOODS READY PREDO.

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Post #620 by Craig » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:43 am

Even the linked article says it's because of upcoming wargames.
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Post #621 by shredz » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:46 pm

Yes, I know. It's sarcasm/playing along with PF's doomsday posts above. It\s Sputnik for Gods sake.
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Post #622 by shredz » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:48 pm

Is there actually any precedent for this claim?

"Further, the war drill could flare up tensions on the Jordan–Syria border, and as we know, sometimes war drills go live"
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Post #623 by PredsFan77 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:51 pm

Pennywise wrote:Yes, I know. It's sarcasm/playing along with PF's doomsday posts above. It\s Sputnik for Gods sake.


the chinks are gonna crash a satellite into the michigan countryside in the next day or two. It's the first phase!
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Post #624 by PredsFan77 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:45 am

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Post #625 by shredz » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:48 am

Take it for what you will but I spoke to a few sources over JSOC. Trump and Macron are looking at obliterating Assad's air force and suspected CW sites. My guess is that Russia stands down.
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Post #626 by shredz » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:04 pm



Russia never saw it coming! I'd be surprised if Trump struck Tartous naval base. That is Russia's baby in Syria. Only warm water port.
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Post #627 by PredsFan77 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:45 pm



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President Trump’s personal attorney Michael D. Cohen sometimes taped conversations with associates, according to three people familiar with his practice, and allies of the president are worried that the recordings were seized by federal investigators in a raid of Cohen’s office and residences this week.

Cohen, who served for a decade as a lawyer at the Trump Organization and is a close confidant of Trump, was known to store the conversations using digital files and then replay them for colleagues, according to people who have interacted with him.

“We heard he had some proclivity to make tapes,” said one Trump adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. “Now we are wondering, who did he tape? Did he store those someplace where they were actually seized? . . . Did they find his recordings?”
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Post #628 by shredz » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:57 pm

Pennywise wrote:Take it for what you will but I spoke to a few sources over JSOC. Trump and Macron are looking at obliterating Assad's air force and suspected CW sites. My guess is that Russia stands down.



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Post #629 by PredsFan77 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:07 pm

jews bombed syria
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Post #630 by shredz » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:30 pm

All Zionist Entity missiles were intercepted - Bashar
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Post #631 by shredz » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:16 pm

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is believed to be planning an attack in retaliation for alleged Israeli strike on T4 airbase in Syria last week.
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Post #632 by PredsFan77 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:56 pm

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Post #633 by shredz » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:05 pm

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The Iranians will have a nuclear bomb in one year.
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Post #634 by PredsFan77 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:41 pm

in other news:

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Post #635 by shredz » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:47 pm

caps, unverified. seems reliable.
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Post #636 by shredz » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:00 pm

#CONFIRMED: SAUDIA ARABIO OVERTHROWN BY MULLAH HOMER
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Post #637 by shredz » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:45 pm

PredsFan77 wrote:in other news:




:donger:

toy drones https://www.yahoo.com/news/saudi-forces ... 54640.html
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Post #638 by PredsFan77 » Wed May 09, 2018 6:12 pm

Syria/Iran just launched rockets into Israel...here we go!
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Post #639 by shredz » Sun May 13, 2018 10:22 am

They either pull back and use the "lets focus on the economy" schtick or Soleimani commands a few hundred thousand Shiites against Israel and possibly by extension US and KSA. The Mullahs might want some type of conflict to justify their presence in Syria as they spend away while doing nothing for the Iranian people. The forecast doesn't look good. Hopefully it is just contained to Syria but the powder keg is there for all out regional war. Its really in no ones interest for Iran and Israel to duke it out in Syria. Putin doesn't want to be embarrassed and Assad wants to focus domestically with a few spats in the Golan to maintain credibility at home. Now that we're back to putting pressure on Iran, they might react with a proxy attack or two but even with as zealous as they are about Israel, I don't think they want a major conflict either. Nor does many Israeli's but Bibi sees his chance here so we'll see.
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Post #640 by shredz » Sun May 13, 2018 5:04 pm

Btw, I don't buy that it was Iran who fired those GRADS/Fajr missiles. It was the Syrian army firing them into Golan due to internal pressure to respond to Israeli aggression. Many of the anti aircraft manners were Syrian that died in the response. I would think if Iran was going to launch something, it would be bigger then a pin prick 20 rocket strike. Israel's response was devastating to the Iranians. 20 rockets into the Golan Heights was not worth the price. Bibi will blame anything that comes from Syria on Iran these days so I don't think it even matters who the actual culprit was. Syrian state took credit for the attack which is beyond stupid if they weren't actually behind it. Israel could put the Assad regime out of business in a day. Plus it looks better for the media if its Israel vs Iran rather then Syria.
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Post #641 by chicpea » Mon May 14, 2018 12:41 am

Moqtada al-Sadr is a name I haven’t heard in a while.
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Post #642 by shredz » Mon May 14, 2018 4:48 pm

He's actually been a voice of "reason" within the Militia scene. Said once ISIS is done he'll disarm Mahdi Army and intergrate 25k men into Iraqi Army. He's on that technocratic nationalist jive.
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Post #643 by PredsFan77 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:33 pm

Can't believe how the Jews keep getting away with just killing palestines at will. Ridiculous.
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Post #644 by shredz » Mon May 14, 2018 7:36 pm

They need to chill with the victim mentality all the time. Its complete indoctrination. I mean cmon, Bibi is saying Iran wants to kill six million Jews. The guy wants war so bad and it looks like Trump and Pence are glad to join in. Snipers are shooting people in the face for chucking a rock or flying a kite that is on fire. Thats sick.

I think Iran even with inferior equipment could still fuck up Saudi Arabia if we stayed out of it.
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Post #645 by PredsFan77 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:49 pm

for sure, sauds would have to hire mercenaries to bail their fat fuck rich asses out
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Post #646 by shredz » Mon May 14, 2018 7:51 pm

They couldn't even break the siege of Mecca. Pakistani's and French Foreign Legion had to come in which means I am sure there were Mericans on the ground too.

Israel has 200+ nukes pointed at Iran. I'm sorry, I don't see the urgency to start a war because Iran is enriching uranium. We've been "one year away" for 30 years now.


Maybe the Saudi's will hire Stone Cold and The Rock to fight IRGC now that their tight with Vince. :vince: :vince:
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Post #647 by Craig » Mon May 14, 2018 7:59 pm

Meh. Sauds have the better air force and would own the skies. I don't think either side could overcome the disadvantage of being the invader with ground forces. So that war is probably just both sides bombing the shit out I each other, with Iran mostly just lobbing missiles.
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Post #648 by shredz » Mon May 14, 2018 8:07 pm

Saudi's definitely would own the air but it would become harder if the war broke out from Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Saudi all at once. Irans navy could overwhelm the Saudis with their swarm tactics, shut the Strait of Hormuz and then thats when we jump in and destroy whats left of Irans F-14s and Phantoms. It would be all American jets in battle unless Russia got involved. The issue would be if Iran gained any momentum on the ground they would be hard to slow without constant air strikes. I think the Yemen war is the Saudis getting some experience in for the main event. They have a model where we give them intel and they do the sorties. My point was that Iran has more heart. Saudis on the other hand like to drop their brand new M4s and split.

If Iran could deploy a bunch of S-300's, S-400's and constantly lob rockets they would do a lot of damage to KSA and vice versa. Iran attacking Mecca and Medina could really hurt the Saudi's psyche too. Especially if the Shia in the east sided with Iran. Thats where all the oil is too.
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Post #649 by shredz » Mon May 14, 2018 8:53 pm

If the UAE and Qatar crossed Saudi Arabia, Iran would be victorious. We don't call the UAE "Little Sparta" for nothing.
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