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10:04 am, September 16th, 2019 - 30 comments
Categories: australian politics, International, Russia, uncategorized, us politics, war - Tags: drones, houthi, saudi arabia, wmd, yemen
The war that Saudi Arabia and its allies has been waging against the Houthi side in the civil war in Yemen took a interesting turn yesterday. Houthi claimed an attack on Saudi oil processing facilities using drone strikes. It is likely to significantly reduce the output of the Saudi exports for a while as the specialised equipment will be hard to get off the shelf.
Regardless of the mouthing off of Mike Pompeo, the current (and probably temporary 1) US Secretary of State – there currently appears to be no realistic evidence of Iranian direct involvement in this rather stupid proxy way. At least no more that there is evidence of the US supply of air weapons to Saudi Arabia with which to attach Yemeni targets in Houthi.
We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019
He has claimed that “.. there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen”. Conversely there is no hard evidence that it did not. The Houthi ‘government’ claimed that they launched it with some ambiguity about where they launched the 10 armed drones from. They appeared to thank supporters inside Saudi so it is possible that they launched from inside of Saudi Arabia.
Which would fit the existing deployed capabilities of Houthi drones of about 150km.. However UN observers have reported the existence of longer range drones with a 1500km capabilities that could reach from Yemen territory. These drones appear to be copies of or are supplied by Iran.
Allied weapon suppliers have been ubiquitous in this conflict. The US has been supplying air weapons to the Saudis.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, rejected the accusation that Iran was behind the attack.“Such blind accusations and inappropriate comments in a diplomatic context are incomprehensible and meaningless,” he said, adding: “even hostility needs a certain degree of credibility and reasonable frameworks, US officials have also violated these basic principles.”Saudi Arabia has been leading a military campaign to quash the Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between the Saudis and Iran, which has been backing the Houthis.Pompeo also called for other countries to denounce Iran and promised American efforts to help support the energy market.
It is going to be intriguing to see the effects of this genie being let out of the bag.