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Pindostan launches raid in Yemen as Trump concludes trip
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, May 24 2017

On Tuesday, as Trump was wrapping up his three-day trip to the Middle East, JSOC carried out a raid deep into Yemen, with CENTCOM claiming that they killed seven members of AQAP. Both CENTCOM and local Yemenis reported that the raid conducted in Yemen’s central Ma’arib province was accompanied by intense air strikes by Pindo planes, drones and helicopters. CENTCOM claimed that the raid was not aimed at killing or capturing any individual, but rather at capturing computers, hard drives and cellphones that could yield information on AQAP’s plans. This was also purportedly the purpose of a similar raid conducted on Jan 29 some 30 miles south of Tuesday’s target in which dozens of civilians were massacred, a Navy SEAL was killed, and the Pentagon lost a $75m Osprey JTOL aircraft. While the Pentagon claimed that the action produced valuable information, military sources admitted that no actionable intelligence had been uncovered. Citing local sources, Yemen’s Khabar news website reported that the gun battle involved local tribesmen and some 30 troops, most of them Pindos but including some from the Toad puppet force that is attacking the country. It claimed that several of the Pindo raiders were wounded in the attack, and that no AQAP fighters were in the area at the time of the raid. Later on Tuesday, CBS News quoted Pentagon boxtops acknowledging that at least two Pindo troops, members of Navy SEAL Team 6, were wounded. They also admitted that they are “still assessing” who they killed in the raid. Earlier they acknowledged that no “high value targets” were among the dead. Signaling an intensification of Pindo involvement in the war in Yemen, Boxtops told CBS News:

There will be more of these.

Since Trump took office in January, Pindo planes have carried out at least 81 airstrikes against Yemeni targets, with the majority of victims being civilians. Trump did not directly authorize the latest raid, as the White House has given combatant commanders like CENTCOM’s Votel free rein in terms of escalating the multiple interventions being waged by Pindostan in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia. In his speech in Riyadh, Trump made it clear that the main aim of his administration is to forge a regional alliance against Iran, based on a deliberate stoking of tensions between Sunnis and Shiites in the Middle East. In particular, Trump praised the Toads and their vassals for having “taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen.” The near-genocidal Toad war has killed some 12,000 Yemenis, while laying waste to basic infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, factories and water and sanitation facilities in the Arab world’s poorest country, leaving over 17 million people, fully 60% of the population, on the brink of starvation according to UN estimates. The ICRC on Saturday described the country as “the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis,” pointing as well to the outbreak of a cholera epidemic with over 25,000 cases reported and hundreds dying. The arms deals concluded between Faschingstein & the Toads include tanks, warplanes, Blackhawk helicopters, ships, precision-guided bombs and other ammunition and weapons that will be used directly to slaughter more Yemeni civilians. Pindostan began providing logistical and intelligence support for the brutal Toad war under Obama, including the aerial refueling of Toad planes to allow for continuous bombing of the impoverished country. Limited restrictions on arms shipments imposed as a “human rights” gesture have now been lifted by the Trump administration, and Mad Dog Mattis has called for stepped-up support for the war. Faschingstein and the Toads have attempted to portray the Houthi rebels as a proxy force for Iran, though there is no evidence to support this charge. The real issue is that they see any weakening of the Toads’ domination of their southern neighbor as potentially strengthening the influence of Iran, which is viewed by Faschingstein as a principal obstacle to its drive to assert hegemony over the region. To that end, it is now prepared to fuel a war that threatens to kill millions through starvation. Another evident by-product of Trump’s Middle East tour came Tuesday in Bahrain, where the ruling Sunni monarchy launched a brutal crackdown against protesters supporting Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority, who has been stripped of his Bahraini citizenship and prosecuted on various trumped-up charges. The ruling monarchical regime has carried out systematic repression against the population since it crushed, with the aid of Saudi tanks, a mass movement for democratic rights in 2011. During a photo session in Riyadh on Sunday with Bahrain’s king, Trump declared:

Our countries have a wonderful relationship together, but there has been a little strain, but there won’t be strain with this administration.

The message was clear: carry out whatever repression you like, there will be no more hypocritical noises about human rights from Faschingstein. The Pindo administration is also pursuing some $5b in arms deals with the Bahraini regime. In Tuesday’s crackdown, security forces laid siege to the north-western village of Diraz, attacking a sit-in protest with tear gas, birdshot and live ammunition. At least two protesters were killed and several others were reported in critical condition. They stormed the house of Sheikh Isa Qassim, whose fate was not immediately known. The Bahraini Interior Ministry announced that at least 50 demonstrators were arrested in the village.

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