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THIRD TIME. US Destroyer Attacked By Iranian-Backed Militia In Yemen

Monday, October 17, 2016 11:54
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For the past week the US Navy has been under regular missile attacks off the coast of Yemen. The intended target is the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. It was attacked twice (here | here). One of the attacks prompted a cruise missile strike by Mason’s consort, USS Nitze.

Now the Mason has been attacked again.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason was fired on again in international waters off the coast of Yemen, but the ship deployed countermeasures and the vessel was not struck, two U.S. officials said.

The incident occurred late Saturday or early Sunday local time. At least one missile was fired, the officials said.

“The Mason once again appears to have come under attack in the Red Sea, again from coastal defense cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen,” Navy Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told reporters at an event in Baltimore Saturday.

The weapons the Iranian sponsored militias are using are the Chinese-made C-802 “Eagle Strike,” known within NATO as the CSS-N-8 Saccade. In the first and the most recent strikes the missile seem to have been fired using direct aim from the launcher with the hope that USS Mason would be detected by the terminal guidance system. The second attack was launched using fire control radar to paint the Mason.

Unless we increase the cost of playing silly-buggers with our ships to an unacceptable level, eventually we are going to suffer a catastrophe. These ineffectual attacks are just as likely to be designed to lead to a false sense of complacency and lay the ground work for a devastating ambush. At a minimum we should establish a policy that any attack on a US vessel or aircraft is going to be met with an immediate and devastating attack. We owe their crews that much.

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  • TC

    How many times did the North Vietnamese attack our ships in the Gulf of Tonkin before we sent in the B-52′s? How many people died for that false flag? Here we go again!

    It looks like the recent US sponsored Saudi Arabian bombing of the funeral has increased the world’s sympathy for the Houthis and it also appears they are winning. Even with the embargo on arms, food, medicine, spare parts etc. enforced by vessels like the Mason (no arms from Iran can get through) the people are holding their own. This cannot stand. We demand they accept our puppet government. We need to send in the bombs and marines.

    Nobody bothers to ask why Houthis being bombed and attacked by Saudi and Al Qaeda mercenaries would fire on an American ship which any idiot knows will bring more death and destruction. Nobody, including the Houthis, would be that stupid. No, the idiots here are those who believed that America was attacked by North Vietnam so many years ago and sent their children to kill and die there and are now being convinced we are under attack by Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

    Unbelievable!

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