Yesterday afternoon, reports of loud explosions ripped through Fujairah - prompting locals to shelter in place, and cutting off traffic in the city.
Silkworm sites in the area were most notably destroyed, along with Surface to Air batteries that protected the installations.
One resident of Fujairah who wished to remain anonymous, said that it was well known that an insurgent faction has had control of the sites for just under one month - and they have even seen military personnel from the UAE working with the unidentified "operators" of the sites.
This is a very ominous message to the JTF HVY Forces operating in the region.
While the focus of the activity seemed to center around Fujairah, witnesses from Southern Khasab down to Al Dhafra saw multiple enemy F-5E-3 Tiger II's downed by Allied Fighters - particularly two that went down in the Khasab Mountains, and a flurry of Surface to Air missiles that were fired at JTF HVY Aircraft from the Fujairah coast.
In the south, two more F-5E-3's were shot down over the Persian Gulf waters off of the coast of Al Dhafra. Unfortunately, a USMC KC-130J Hercules carrying cargo for VMFA-390 was downed by one of these fighters in the southern confrontation. However, the four crew members were able to bail successfully from their wounded aircraft. The crew was rescued before sunset by two USN SH-60B Seahawks.
In response to the escalating tensions that some would already consider war, the Pentagon has authorized the deployment of 3,000 USMC personnel to the area for support in future missions.