Saudi Arabia's disastrous ground war in Yemen grinds on to some obscure end. The news is filled with catastrophe for Saudis+allies+mercenaries. At the same time the Saudi air force continues to delight in killing civilians in the towns in a sort of knee-jerk spasm of traditional Saudi hatred and fear of the Yemenis.
I find this picture featured on the South Front site to be intriguing. Where is this place? It is undoubtedly northern Yemen. The fat slob in a futa (sarong), the dazed young'un with a cheek full of qat, the general scruffiness of the scene all point to that. But there are interesting features to the photo. That tan colored vehicle seems to me to be an armored G model Mercedes SUV with a factory built mount for a .50 cal. or 20mm. gun. The character on top has stuffed the bore with something to keep dust out. I would like to see what happens if he fires the piece without removing the obstruction. This is yet another nice north Yemeni touch. The vehicle looks fairly new. Are these Yemenis allied to Saudi Arabia? If not, then how would the Houthis get this automotive beast and who would be paying for it and other s like it? Mercedes is now manufacturing factory built "technicals?"
The same sort of question applies to the SRBM ground to ground missile systems that the Yemeni Army is using to good effect against the Saudis. Where do these things come from and who pays for them? the Yemeni Army had some experience with Soviet systems like the SCUD but these are different.
And the in the background we have an NGO facility belonging to Mother Teresa's order of nuns. Say what? pl