Iranian attacks on US Mid-East allies continue. US, Gulf states, Israel affect unconcern

The Yemeni Houthi rebels’ first multiple drone attack on a Saudi air base at Jizan on Sunday, June 9, was the latest of five assaults orchestrated by Iran on US allies in a month. The two rockets fired on June 1 from Syria at Israel’s Hermon positions belonged to the same series.

At Jizan airport, the Yemeni insurgents used a squadron of their Iran-made armed drones to level Saudi drone bunkers and stations. Saudi air defense units were caught off guard and failed to shoot down a single enemy drone. Riyadh did not confirm that the attack took place.
In reference to the rocket fire on the Hermon, the IDF confirmed that it was deliberately aimed at Israel’s military outposts on the slopes overlooking the Golan from deep inside Syria, while declining to name the source. DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources can reveal that they were fired by an Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit on the orders of the Al Qods chief Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Israel was being warned that it is in Tehran’s sights, along with America’s Gulf allies. The rocket attack on Hermon should be grouped with the attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations and port, the sabotage of four oil tankers off the UAE shore and the rocket fire near the US embassy in Baghdad.

Israel retaliated the next day with a missile strike described by Syrian opposition sources as targeting “Iranian and Hizballah forces near Damascus.” However, according to DEBKAfile’s sources, Israel concentrated mainly on Syrian army sites including its missile stores at the big T-4 Air Base near Homs. The IRGC unit which launched the rockets remained, unscathed along with the launchers.

This Iran-instigated series of attacks were damaging but low key in that they avoided casualties. The Trump administration and US allies have affected an offhand response, citing Iran only indirectly or not at all. President Donald Trump strongly prefers sanctions as his weapon of choice for bringing Tehran to the table rather than military punishment. The Saudis, the Emirates and Israel have adopted this course. The UAE, for example, stated that a “state actor” was responsible for sabotaging the tankers, others “believe” Iran may be involved while claiming to be short of “evidence.”

US CENTCOM chief Gen. Frank McKenzie stated on May 31, while standing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier, that the American military buildup in the region had acted as a deterrent to Iranian aggression.

This was correct only insofar as there were no Iranian attacks on US military forces. However, the policy of nonchalance and non-punishment for five attacks on four Middle East nations, all ordered by Tehran since mid-May, may well galvanize the regime and its Revolutionary Guards into keeping going until the point at which Washington is forced to bend and give way on sanctions and other concessions.

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43 thoughts on “Iranian attacks on US Mid-East allies continue. US, Gulf states, Israel affect unconcern

  • Jun 10, 2019 @ 19:15 at 19:15

    Just waiting for the point of no return and then……

    • Jun 10, 2019 @ 22:37 at 22:37

      Unlike Syria, No One will come in to save the Regime. Russia Military Base in Syria, but not in Iran. China and Russia do not support Shiia Regime Bad Influence on Muslim Minorities. Iran Cannot Control its Proxies and lacks the ability to shape events in Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 10:36 at 10:36

        israil ortaddoğuda tek nükleer güç olan ülkedir bütün ortadoğu ülkelerini nükleer silahlarla tehdit ediyor israilin 500 adet nükleer silahı var bu bütün bölge ve dünya ülkeleri için tehdittir

        • Jun 11, 2019 @ 18:00 at 18:00

          debka medyası sizde lafları çarpıtmada çok ustasız dünya savaşı çıkarmak için israil siyonistleri ellerinden geleni yapıyor israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç ülke olarak bütün ortadoğu ülkelerini tehdit ediyor insanlık vahşet kan soykırım katliamla hayvanların öldürülmesi savaşta sakat bırakılması yaralanması hiçbir zulüm ve işgal ebedi ezeli olamaz lafları çarğıtmadan değiştirmeden aynen ekrana koyarsanız sevinirim

          • Jun 11, 2019 @ 18:02 at 18:02

            israil kandan vahşetten soykırımdan beslenen bir ülkedir israil oratdoğuda ve dünyada belesını arayan tek ülkedir israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç olan 500 adet nükleer bombası var bu ortaduğu ülkeleri için tehdit ve sorun değilmi

    • Jun 10, 2019 @ 22:49 at 22:49

      It’s coming soon, just push someone a little bit too far and the counter punch will be a knock out,

      Then the Iranian FM will cry on BBC how unfair it was to blow up their reactors, air bases, ports, oil platforms, and that will be that!

      • Jun 10, 2019 @ 23:04 at 23:04

        Iran’s Regime since 1979 have been nothing but a Middle East Extortionist demanding Protection Money from Richer Nations. When Iran is confronted they make threats saying anybody who Challenges Iran would be dealt with Severely and Publicly? Yet, when Iran Screams for Help, Nobody or Proxies comes to Rescue Iran. The Global Powers don’t just Suspect but actually know that Iran’s Puffing Power comes from the Threat of Force rather than Force itself and Iran Hides behind being Sneaky when Proxies are doing the Deeds as they Wish, not Iran that tries to take Credit for it! Iran regime is Reality is not as Powerful as it claims and truly does have the Power and Resources to Retaliate.

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 8:30 at 8:30

      You’ve been waiting for 40 years!!!

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 10:38 at 10:38

        israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç olarak bütün ortadoğu ülkelerini nükleer silahlarla tehdit ediyor

        • Jun 11, 2019 @ 13:26 at 13:26

          Translated “…Israel threatens all Middle Eastern countries with nuclear weapons as the only nuclear power in the Middle East.”

          Only a MORON could put this together. geri zekâlı!!!!!

          Israel ONLY threatens to use its power against SCUM PISLIK who try to attack it. So far the deterrence has worked well for over 40 years.

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 8:32 at 8:32

      You have been waiting for 40 years so far!!

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 10:40 at 10:40

        israil filistine ıraka suriyeye saldırılarla katliam soykırım yaptığı için tazminat davası uluslararası mahkemlerde israile tazminat davası açılmalıdır tüm filistinlilerin ıraklıların suriyelilerin kanına girmiştir israil

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 18:05 at 18:05

      israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç olarak bütün ortadoğu ülkelerini tehdit ediyor israilin 500 adet nükleer bombası var niye bu israilin nükleer silahları tüm ortadoğu ülkeleri için tehdit değilmi ey siyonist yahudiler mutlak güç allahındır bunu unutmayın

  • Jun 10, 2019 @ 19:35 at 19:35

    all of patriot system sold to saudi are useless , garbage
    The hotuhis bombing Saudi infrastructure in weekly or daily period
    Israel Iron Dome is a US system too , can not stand against Hamas home made Rockets
    Israel must give back golan to Syria
    or those drone Appear over Haifa or tel aviv or else where

    • Jun 10, 2019 @ 19:38 at 19:38

      1000 comedians out of work, . . . and you try getting laughs with this tired old line.

      You need a new job there Abbas…………

      • Jun 10, 2019 @ 19:52 at 19:52

        you donot believe, that iran can deliver for example those drones to hamas ?
        you donot believe hisbullah does not have still drones and can not fly them to israel

        you are very very , careless and you have no imagination

        • Jun 10, 2019 @ 23:18 at 23:18

          Hizbollah, Hamas, and Houthui does have their Rockets, Drones, and Kites, but they are doing their Bidding. While, Iran takes credit for it and that is “Iranian Imagination Machinations, and that is Weak Nation!

      • Jun 10, 2019 @ 21:06 at 21:06

        siz israil iranı büyük bir tehdit gibi dünya ülkelerine göstererek büyük israil yahudi projesini gerçekleştirmeye çalışıyorsunuz siz israil medyası ve israil halkı hükümetide çok iyi biliyorki asla iran tehit değil siz iranı tehdit gibi büyüterek esas amaçlarınızı gerçekleştirmek için iran sanki dünyaya çok büyük tehditmiş gibi gösteriyorsunuz halbuki sizde iyi biliyorsunuz asla güçlü bir savunma atağı yok

        • Jun 11, 2019 @ 3:29 at 3:29

          deve işemek ucuz.

    • Jun 10, 2019 @ 22:47 at 22:47

      Fantasy Island as bottle rockets are kid’s stuff. The Golan is ours and reprisal strikes will always come at the time and place of our choosing.

      • Jun 10, 2019 @ 23:08 at 23:08

        Iran regime is in Reality not as Powerful as it claims and truly does Not have the Power and Resources to Retaliate and why they are in Secret Talks. Meanwhile, Yemen Houthis are unafraid and do as they wish, when they wish, without in Fear of Iran as well.

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 18:06 at 18:06

      israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç olarak tüm ortadoğu ve dünya ülkelerini tehdit ediyor lanet olsun siyonistlere

  • Jun 10, 2019 @ 19:38 at 19:38

    cobblers, the juice diddit

  • Jun 10, 2019 @ 20:45 at 20:45

    This will just Unite a Collective Effort against Iran or will lead to New Talks, either way Iran has to recognize it is not in any position to Dictate to Anyone!

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 3:31 at 3:31

      when you don’t have the cards, you bluff.

  • Jun 10, 2019 @ 23:12 at 23:12

    Iran public debt: approx 50% of GDP
    Iran inflation rate: over 50%
    Iran population below poverty line: approx 20%
    My guess: the Islamic Republic is the enemy of Iranians, the regime hates them, despises them, starves them.

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 0:05 at 0:05

      your numbers are fake
      iran has zero foreign debt and no body knows how high are internal debt
      50% debt is realy not high, the debt of US is 100% , Japan 200%

      inflation ia about 25-30% never 50%
      the high poverty line in large asia country is not unusual in india it is 22%
      anyway what cares you iran economy ?
      israel will not survive, against iran

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 3:33 at 3:33

        not even funny. stick to the goats, because thinking is way above your pay grade.

        • Jun 11, 2019 @ 8:39 at 8:39

          shloime – EXACTLY. Even a dumb goat would be light years ahead of this dribbler.

  • Jun 11, 2019 @ 2:01 at 2:01

    “…Saudi air defense units were caught off guard and failed to shoot down a single enemy drone. ”

    The Saudis have the ability to fight back…why not? You can have the best weapons in the world but if you don’t know how to use them …or worse still do NOT use them..well, what can you say?

    Anyway, iran will take a step too far at some stage and it will “ON”. They had better be able to match their boasting with action. They might land some punches but overall, I don’t think they can. I wish they would stop their stupidity.

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 2:14 at 2:14

      I agree
      it is very very stupid if the Hothis destroy the war plane which bomb them .

      by the way
      where are the americans who operate the saudi weapons ?
      The weapons are not belong to saudi , they belong to USA

      Patrion System = iron Dome = garbage

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 3:36 at 3:36

        your opinion is highly overvalued, by whoever is paying you to post this garbage. you should demand to give them their money back.

        • Jun 11, 2019 @ 8:46 at 8:46

          shloime – nailed it again. I can understand about the payment – this guy has been short-changed, even though the lobotomy was a success.

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 8:51 at 8:51

        No, they are owned and manned by arabs and have been since at least 2017. You are an idiot (but we already know that) I can hear your goat calling….

        “…DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Patriot batteries owned by Arab partners in the Middle East have intercepted more than 100 tactical ballistic missiles launched from Yemen since the Saudi-led war against Iranian-backed Houthis began in 2015, according to U.S. prime contractor Raytheon.”

        “…Raytheon: Arab-operated Patriots intercepted over 100 tactical ballistic missiles since 2015”

        • Jun 11, 2019 @ 12:08 at 12:08

          every thing that Saudi , Emirate have managed by american belong to American or other expats

          beginning by simple construction worker up to Fighter jet pilot, which are hired in Europe , US , other Arab countries ( Jordan, Egypt,Morocco.,,, )
          or even child soldiers from Sudan

          The Saudis Army is operate by Mercenaries total,.The true Saudi are sitting in cool and compfortable air conditioned offices and doing paper work
          That is the reason why they are losing this war

  • Jun 11, 2019 @ 9:41 at 9:41

    The Saudis need to fight back. They have a huge military with the best weapons. The hooties ARE Iran and the Saudis need to clean house in Yemen.

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 19:34 at 19:34

      Joe is calling for genocide. Terrific.

  • Jun 11, 2019 @ 9:58 at 9:58

    Iraqi Christians, Sunnis, Kurds, and Shiia have proposed The Grand Ayatollah Sistani as the Most Appropriate Nobel Peace Prize Candidate, in 2005, 2006, 2014 & 2016. As well as, Members of Iraqi Parliament. Contrast that to the Iranian Shiia Regime Exporting Death and Destruction, and that is not the Islam of Peace Way!

    • Jun 11, 2019 @ 12:01 at 12:01

      I nominate trump for peace prize, a very peaceful , person
      loving moslem, migrant , mexican

      • Jun 11, 2019 @ 13:28 at 13:28

        0bama got one for doing nothing…

      • Jun 12, 2019 @ 5:52 at 5:52

        I agree, Let’s Pray Iran returns to making Islam a Religion of Peace, and wins the Nobel Prize, and Obey the Messenger Mohammed!

  • Jun 11, 2019 @ 13:23 at 13:23

    As usual, the Middle East is at Peace and Understands the Iran’s Rhetoric Servants need Multiple Audiences to Incite Public Defiance is what Iran Shiiia are very good at and that is Acceptable, We know they can’t Fight!

  • Jun 12, 2019 @ 6:47 at 6:47

    Oh joy!! Another long, hot summer. Can’t wait.

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