Air Force general: Missile launched from Yemen at Saudi capital was Iranian

Air Force general: Missile launched from Yemen at Saudi capital was Iranian
Interceptors fly near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 4 Nov 2017. (Image: Screen grab of video via Twitter)

[Ed. – No surprise here.  Outside of supplies from Iran, there were no missiles in Yemen capable of getting anywhere near Riyadh.]

Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom’s earlier allegations.

The comments by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Force’s Central Command in Qatar, further internationalizes the yearslong conflict in Yemen — the Arab world’s poorest country.

Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them. Riyadh quickly backed up Harrigian’s allegations in a statement to The Associated Press.

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“There have been Iranian markings on those missiles,” Harrigian told journalists at a news conference in Dubai ahead of the Dubai Air Show. “To me, that connects the dots to Iran.” …

Saudi Arabia says it shot down the missile Nov. 4 near Riyadh’s international airport, the deepest yet to reach into the kingdom.

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