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Al Masdar News is run by Ziad Fadel, a Syrian nationalist attorney in the US and a strong supporter of Assad's government. The paper supports secularism and the current government in Iraq, so Fadel is probably a Baathist. I know he is not particularly religious. He is extremely anti-Israel in a Baathist sense (he always says Zionists and never Jews). There also seems to be a focus on Hezbollah, Syria (of course), Iran, the Iraqi militias, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. More or less supporting the Shia Axis of Resistance in the Middle East. He runs Syrian Perspective, an excellent site. His sources and reports are usually very good. He's not a liar like most of the Western press.
Simple, they were not seen because they never happened. Absolutely we would have that on radar or on satellite. The images of Iran loading the missiles are faked because this attack absolutely did not come from Iran. Iran is not so stupid and insane as to launch an attack from their territory. That would be suicidal.
Hi Pat. Robert Lindsay here. In a way, Iran is responsible for the attack but only in a roundabout way. Obviously the Houthis did it from Yemen. God knows how they pulled it off. The Houthis are absolutely able to pull of this sort of thing. In recent months, Houthi drone technology has absolutely exploded. I believe that in the past few months, as the US tried to stop Iran from exporting oil, Iran has radically ramped up the supply of technology to the Houthis. Because their technology has exploded in a short period of time. Under Obama, Iran wanted to keep a bit of distance from the Houthis due to the nuclear deal. Trump blew up that deal and Iran had no reason to keep distance from the Houthis anymore, so they ramped up support for the Houthis. Iran absolutely exports weaponry to the Houthis. I am not sure how much gets in. It comes in on small boats. It starts on large boats but around the east end of Oman at the end of the Straight of Hormuz they shift to small boats. With the drones I understand that Iran may be actually flying them in from boats off the coast of Yemen! There are probably some Iranian advisors working with the Houthis on the battlefield. I have no idea if Iran is helping the Houthi build the rockets. However, there is now a unified command center in Iran consisting of IRGC, Iran, Houthis, Iraqi militias, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. Not sure if Syria has a seat too. So Iran probably heard about the operation and said fine. The Houthis are not really proxies. They do what they want. Earlier Iran ordered them not to take Sa'ada, but the Houthis told Iran to stuff it and took the city anyway. On occasion they do carry out orders from Iran. One was to hit a ship off the coast of Yemen with a missile. I doubt that this refinery attack was due to an Iranian command or order. When you think of Houthi technological capabilities, there is a part to the equation that is being left out. Because we are talking about not "Houthi" abilities but "Houthi + Hezbollah" abilities. I guess you could argue that some attack or manufacture is beyond the Houthi, but is it beyond Hezbollah? Because I know how those drones are made, and they are all made in factories in Yemen. An Iranian prototype is supplied for most models. The rocket and missile builders are none other than Hezbollah. Hezbollah are now experts at building missiles and rockets. Hezbollah builds drones, rockets, etc. for the Houthis using the Iranian prototype, but it is always modified somewhat, often in an ingenious way. For instance the Saudi display included a Quds-1 which is a Houthi cruise missile built off the prototype of an Iranian Soumar cruise missile. After the initial prototype is built, I am not sure if Hezbollah makes new ones or if the Houthis just use a schematic. There are also Hezbollah advisors advising the Houthis on the battlefield. This attack surely came from Yemen. The US is lying through its teeth that the attack came from Iran. It's Iraqi WMD all over again. There are various reasons for blaming Iran which you may be able to figure out yourself. The US says the attack came from the north. Nope, it came from the west. Furthermore there are Youtube videos out there of Saudis living to the west of the oil refineries where you can hear the sounds of the drones coming in. The Saudis state in these videos that they can see the drones coming in from the west due east towards the refineries. Also the whine you hear in the attack videos is a drone siren, not some other type of siren. It's activated in a drone attack. It would not be activated in a cruise missile attack. You can hear gunfire of Saudi forces shooting at the attacking objects. This proves they were drones because you can shoot at a drone with a gun. You can't shoot at a cruise missile with a gun. No one does that. It's on top of you as fast as you see it. Also Reuters reported that a witness stated that there were 15 ambulances at one refinery that was attacked, so the Saudis may be covering up some casualties. The US says the radars were turned to the south and west, so they did not see the swarm. Nope, they were turned towards the north and east, towards Iran. If Iran launched 27 missiles at Saudi Arabia from their land, they would have been seen on the some of the 50 US and countless Saudi radars that are pointed right at Iran. Unless Iran has some stealth technology for drones and cruise missiles, this didn't happen. And no one has that tech. The US says Khameini approved of the attack with the qualification of deniability. How would we know? We have spies right next to Khameini in his palace? Forget it. Pompouseo insisted that this was an Iranian attack very soon after the attack before he could have possibly known such a thing. You can tell when the US is trying to frame an innocent party for an attack someone else did (and we do this sometimes) because the patsy nation or group is blamed almost immediately after the attack, before anyone could possibly have known who did it, before any investigations. They are working off a script. The disinfo may be cooked up by the CIA. Quotes from "US intelligence sources" may be from CIA people sending disinfo to their sources in the media. The CIA itself says different things. Internally they want to know what really happened. They don't want to believe lies or crap. I am sure that they know that the Houthis launched this attack. Internal CIA knowledge is sometimes leaked to a few select journalists such as Seymour Hersch. For instance, Hersch's CIA sources told him that half of the CIA thinks a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down the M-17 jet in Ukraine, and the other half thinks it was a missile shot by Donbass rebels but not a Buk missile as the fake lie narrative goes. That is because the CIA says the rebels never had any Buk missile in Ukraine. So that is what the CIA believes internally. But they put out disinfo about this attack almost instantly after it went down when Kerry started saying the rebels shot it down with a Buk missile supplied by Russia. This was the lie story that was supposed to go out. So the CIA talks out of both sides of its mouth. Another thing a fake patsy US lie to frame someone does is it often changes too fast. Pompouseo said the attack came from Iraq at first. Then he met with the Iraqis, and the story changed to launched from Iran. Also the "intelligence material" is typically very vague and often never released. The intelligence confirming that the Donbass rebels shot down the jet has not been released to this day. That's because there is none. Predictably the US has no evidence in this refinery attack. Also a delay in evidence is often due to a US lie frame story. The US is "trying to find the evidence to connect Iran to this attack." Really they are trying to fabricatethe evidence that Iran did it. This often takes a while, hence the long delays in confirming the evidence. A few other things. Iran has never conducted an attack and then had one of its proxies claim it. Iran claims all of its attacks and denies all false claims of attacks directed at it. The Houthis have never taken credit for an attack that was actually launched by Iran. In fact, no Iranian proxy has ever claimed an attack that was launched by Iran. The proxies claim their own attacks, and they claim all of them. The photo of the wreckage of a Quds-1 cruise missile in the Saudi desert appeared mysteriously on the net soon after the attack. No one knows who put it up or what it is. Houthis have used Quds-1's to attack Saudi Arabia in the past. They were not used in this attack, so the photo is from earlier attack. The Quds-1 wreckage in the Saudi display is not an Iranian weapon but a Houthi weapon. I know the Quds-1 and the Soumar and how to tell them apart. That is absolutely a Quds-1. That black drone in the front of the display is apparently from a Houthi attack on a pipeline back in May. I know because there are photos of the drone used in that attack and it is this very drone. I believe the rest of the wreckage is simply wrecked drones from past Houthi attacks recently.
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