Mark Collins – Yemen: Saudi Tanks Hammered by Houthis

Interesting stuff from a reporter who read the fine print–at Defense One’s “D-Brief”:


Exposed: Saudi Arabia’s losses from its war in Yemen, thanks to a new U.S. tank deal, Defense One’s Global Business Editor Marcus Weisgerber  reported Tuesday. “The U.S. State Department and Pentagon Tuesday [Aug. 9] OKed a $1.2 billion sale of 153 Abrams tanks to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. But that’s not the real news. Turns out: 20 of those tanks, made in America by General Dynamics Land Systems, are ‘battle damage replacements’ for Saudi tanks lost in combat.”

This revelation was tucked inside a benign Pentagon announcement of the deal, “one that for the most part reads just like dozens of other arms sales approved each year,” Weisgerber writes. “The announcement does not even mention the conflict in Yemen, yet it gives a glimpse into this wildly underreported war between Arab states, the U.S., and the Houthis [indeed, emphasis added].” Read the rest, here.

…The Saudis just intercepted two more rockets presumably fired by Houthi rebels this morning [Aug. 10] aimed at the Saudi cities of Abha and Khamis Mushait, near the two countries’ border, AP reports. Unlike previous ballistic missile launches from Yemen toward Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have not (yet) taken credit for the launches, Reuters adds

More on Yemen here. Lucky for our government that Canada does  not have tanks to export.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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