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  1. (Washington, DC) -- Today, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir hosted a press conference at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia and issued the following statement: “Saudi Arabia has launched military operations in Yemen, as part of a coalition of over ten countries in response to a direct request from the legitimate government of Yemen. The operation will be limited in nature, and designed to protect the people of Yemen and its legitimate government from a takeover by the Houthis. A violent extremist militia. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries tried to facilitate a peaceful transition of government in Yemen, but the Houthis have continuously undercut the process by occupying territory and seizing weapons belonging to the government. In spite of repeated efforts by the GCC, G10 countries and the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General to seek a peaceful way to implement the GCC initiatives and the outcomes of the national dialogue that define the political transition in Yemen, the Houthis have reneged on every single agreement they have made and continue their quest to take over the country by violent means. They captured the capital city of Sana’a, they placed the legitimate president, prime minister and cabinet members under house arrest, they seized the security services and they continue to expand their occupation of the country.” “In a letter dated March 7, 2015, President Hadi of Yemen made a request of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to convene a conference under the auspices of the GCC to which all Yemeni political factions seeking to preserve security and stability in Yemen would be invited. The Houthis rejected this invitation and continued their violent onslaught in Yemen to the point where they were threatening to occupy the city of Aden, which had become the temporary capital for the legitimate government of President Hadi after he was able to escape from Sana’a. In a letter, dated March 24, 2015, President Hadi requested, based on the principle of self-defense, enshrined in Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, as well as in the Arab League charter’s collective defense mechanism, a request for immediate support – by all means necessary – including military intervention to protect Yemen and its people from the continued Houthi aggression and to support it in fighting al Qaeda and ISIL.” “Based on the appeal from President Hadi, and based on the Kingdom’s responsibility to Yemen and its people, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with its allies within the GCC and outside the GCC, launched military operations in support of the people of Yemen and their legitimate government.” “May God Almighty protect the brave soldiers and may He grant them success in their noble mission.” Source
  2. Aerospace Pictures and Art Thread

    Sri Lankan MiG-27
  3. General AFV Thread

    Do you expect the racist Gulf states to treat African soldiers unlike cannon fodder?
  4. General AFV Thread

    Qatar just doesn't have the population to have such a large military. Only about 12% of their population (so about 300k) are actual Qataris and not foreigners. Though, Qatar could just buy soldiers from Africa or pilots from the US/elsewhere if it really needed manpower to go along with all its new toys. Hell, the UAE and Saudi Arabia would probably have used their own mercenaries in an invasion of Qatar just like they've done in Yemen.
  5. Wins Above Replacement

    Someone took sabermetrics and applied it to generals and their success at warfare. Napoleon is currently the most successful by far with Caesar being a distant 2nd. The author left out a good deal of the Mongols conquests, so hopefully the data gets updated soon. Zhukov seems to be the best modern general in the data set. Unsurprisingly, Robert E. Lee, Patton, and Rommel are all vastly overrated. Here's a link to a visualization https://ethanarsht.github.io/military_rankings/
  6. Wins Above Replacement

    Pretty sure if you double the amount of battles Price fought in, then he'd be ranked behind Lee who has about twice as much battles. As Sturg points out, the major problem with this is the number of battles thing.
  7. This thread will be dedicated to BS news articles about historic, scientific, and military topics. Most journalists don't seem to be too worried about reporting facts and findings, but rather cherry-picking statements in order to get the most views. Recently a lot of news sites have been reporting on a new "mini ice age" that scientists are predicting. That isn't really what they seem to be what Prof Zharkova's research suggests, it is that the sun has two dynamos which is interesting in its own right. They then suggest that the solar activity(sunspots, which have very little to do with solar output) will be low like during the "Little Ice Age"(which is itself a complex topic that most journalists don't understand), it is not suggested that temperatures will drop.
  8. Saudi Arabia vs Iran thread.

    Yep, Yemen has been a rather low-cost endeavor for Iran too. As long as the Saudis don't starve every Zaidi Shia in Yemen to death, the Houthis are going to bleed them. And hell, I'd say that Iran has already basically won its proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Syria.
  9. Saudi Arabia vs Iran thread.

    FTFY I don't think the Saudis & Gulf Friends will directly fight the Iranians as long as the US and Israel don't join along. I have some questions that I've been trying to answer regarding this hypothetical war: Where would you invade Iran from? Southern Iraq into Khuzestan seems like the easiest route if you were to ignore that Southern Iraq would likely be filled with Iraqi Shia militias aligned with Iran. Crossing the Persian Gulf seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Using Afghanistan as a staging ground for invading Iran sounds like a bad idea, but is probably the best. I doubt you could use Turkmenistan, Turkey, or Azerbaijan as staging areas. In the same vein, how are you going to get from Iran's borders to Tehran which is kinda in the middle of the country? Afghanistan has similar geography, but the Taliban didn't have S-300s. How willing are the Saudis/Israelis/Americans willing to take casualties? The Saudis have mostly been using mercenaries in Yemen, but a war with Iran will likely need them to actually send its own soldiers onto the battlefield. Israel fought Hezbollah in 2006 and took relatively heavy casualties before deciding that it was going to be a lot bloodier than they originally thought, and Hezbollah is an even better fighting force now than it was in 2006. If America was to invade Iran, I think it would make Iraq look like a cakewalk. Iran doesn't seem to have the offensive capabilities to conventionally invade another country, but is it possible for them to try to turn Bahraini and Eastern Saudi Arabian Shia into some sort of Hezbollah-like group and get a foothold on the other side of the Gulf? Would the Saudis & friends actually be ok with a near useless war that shuts down the Persian Gulf and thus their economies? I'm more optimistic about reform in Iran once Khamenei dies in a year or so. Rafsanjani should've been Ayatollah instead fwiw.
  10. General news thread

    Why would China want a regime change (from a Chinese-friendly one to another Chinese-friendly one) in Zimbabwe in exchange for potentially destabilizing a nuclear-armed state on their border? OTOH, a deal concerning the US conceding the South China Sea dispute would probably get the Chinese to put more pressure on NK. Though the notion that China can magically deal with the North Koreans is wrongheaded in my opinion. From my read of NK-Chinese relations, the North Koreans are just as paranoid of this scenario as they are from a potential US/SK attack and rightfully so. The Chinese loath the North Korean leadership and vice-versa. So, the North Koreans have probably already purged anyone that would be in charge of a successful Chinese-backed coup.
  11. General news thread

    Pretty sure the AFVs are Chinese-made ZSD-89-IIs
  12. General news thread

    Possible coup attempt going on in Zimbabwe against Mugabe
  13. Trade-offs in WWII Fighter Design

    I'm personally curious about trade-offs concerning range and loitering times against other characteristics. I don't know quite as much about planes as I do armored vehicles, but having aircraft in the air longer or have them being able to go farther seems like it would be just as important as its dogfighting capabilities.
  14. General news thread

  15. Syrian conflict.

    Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, & Mosul probably was the graves of most of ISIS's fighters if we assume they had fighting strength around 15,000 max at the start of 2017 and haven't been able to replenish with foreign fighters. A good bit might have trickled into Idlib too. It is a remarkable collapse nonetheless.
  16. Bash the ATD-X thread

    Japan has revealed their 5th generation fighter/demonstrator which is officially called the X-2 for now. Here is a video of what appears to be the ATD-X's engines and an RC test model which looks hilarious for some reason. Another video showing some computer modeled manuevers and some stereotypical Japanese music at the end.
  17. Bash the ATD-X thread

    HaVE yUo forgEt INDIA ? DRDO ?
  18. The Saudi Arabia is a Backwards, Laughable Shithole Thread

    I could see it happening before the end of Trump's 1st term, but not right now. If MbS is that impatient though, who fucking knows. I mean he comes from the place that essentially created ISIS and AQ and is genociding the Yemeni Shia right now so I think anything is on the table, but I don't think his allies (US, UAE, Israel) would green light a war with Iran.
  19. The Saudi Arabia is a Backwards, Laughable Shithole Thread

    Saudis have declared that Lebanon has declared war on them? I'm confused, but optimistic that this ends with Hezbollah wrecking the Saudis and meeting the Houthis in Mecca or something.
  20. North Korea, you so crazy!

    The "America backing Nationalist China" isn't entirely true as many members of the US Govt really wanted to support Mao's communists in China over the rather ineffective and despotic government of Chaing and this essentially went along until Chinese communists started taking full advantage of America's wishy-washy support of the Nationalists by taking over most of the country after the Japanese surrender and killing a handful of Americans along the way to being one of the deadliest regimes in modern history.