Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Even with air superiority and US support the Saudis are still getting jacked up by the Houthis...

via Almasdarsnews.
The Saudi military and the Hadi loyalists launched a big offensive in northern Yemen this week that targeted several areas controlled by the Houthi forces.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Arab Coalition, the Saudi military and Hadi loyalists stormed the Houthi positions in the Bayda region, resulting in a series of intense clashes.

While the attack was intense and had air superiority, the Saudi forces were unable to crack the Houthi lines after several hours of fighting on Monday.

According to the Houthi forces, their troops managed to destroy at least three armored vehicles and kill more than ten enemy fighters in the Bayda region.
Story AND vid here. 

This is beyond interesting.  The Saudis have a region leading air force yet they still can't crack the code when fighting the Houthis.  No chest thumping here...we can't figure out the Taliban either...but it does call into question several "conventional wisdom" ideas that are propping up Pentagon thinking.

The Saudis have air dominance.  But they can't win.  We have air dominance in Afghanistan but can't win.

Is air power overrated when it comes to winning wars?  It might be an enabler (like Special Ops) but at the end of the day can it actually deliver on winning?

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