On Feb. 6, a harrowing clip shared by Al Arabiya news network confirmed that the Saudi ship was indeed deliberately rammed by a rogue gunboat. The SPA reported that its coalition, which has been working since 2015 to reinstall Yemen's government, was attacked by three suicide boats operated by the Iran-backed, Yemeni-rebel Houthis west of the Yemeni port of Al Hudaydah.
The incident was originally broadcast shortly after the attack by the Houthis on al-Masirah, a Yemeni television channel. The Houthis claimed it was a ballistic missile launched at coalition base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea, according to Reuters.
Pro-rebel media channels reported that Yemen's naval forces had launched a missile that hit a Saudi Al-Madinah-class frigate off Yemen's western coast, according to IHS Jane’s 360. They claimed the frigate was violating Yemen's sovereignty and had been involved in attacks on civilians.
The ship itself reportedly survived, as coalition members were able to put out the fire.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.