By INU Staff
INU - In late July and early November two missiles were fired by Houthi rebels at Mecca and Riyadh Airport. A report by the UN Secretary General published on the implementation of UN sanctions on December 10th says that the missiles bore the trademark of the Iranian ‘Shahid Bagheri Industries’ which is already on the sanctions list of the United Nations.
Houthi militias are reported to be responsible for the killing of former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Commander of the terrorist Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Jafari has stated, “Today, Yemen is ruled by the Ansarullah (Houthi Movement), and Iran’s assistance is confined to advisory missions and spiritual support, which Yemen needs most.” His statement makes it clear that Iranian regime is supporting the Houthis.
According to Reuters, a drone that the Pentagon says was manufactured in Iran, but recovered in Yemen, is on display at a military base, in a U.S. Department of Defense exhibit.
Reuters also reports that a missile the U.S. Department of Defense says is a “Qiam” ballistic missile manufactured in Iran. The Pentagon says that this missile was fired by Houthi militias from Yemen into Saudi Arabia in July. CNN broadcast a report on December 8th, saying that evidence from the remains of the missile has convinced the US that it was fired under Iranian regime’s supervision. “Those remnants indicate the missile was provided by Iran, and the assessment is the launcher and missile training was also provided by Tehran.”
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is planning to show remnants of the missile later this week. She is “set to unveil components of a short-range ballistic missile that Houthi rebels fired into Saudi Arabia at Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.”
General HR McMaster spoke at a security forum earlier this month. The National Security Advisor discussed Iran regime’s interference in Iraq and Syria. “What they (Iranians) are in the middle of doing now is using a sophisticated campaign of subversion in Iraq and a continued support for Assad. About 80 percent of Assad’s fighters are Iranian proxies in Syria to establish this kind of land bridge over into the Mediterranean and so what we face is Iran having a proxy army on borders of Israel.”
Although Iran regime’s President Rouhani relied on the EU’s support against the mounting pressures from Washington France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian said on December 12th, “Rather than pursue ambitions to expand its military presence in the region, Iran… should work with the United Nations to try to establish peace in war-torn Syria.” He said that Iran should desist in attempting to create an “axis of military and political influence stretching from Tehran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.”
On November 30th, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “The aim of the US administration is to get Iran out of Syria.” He added, “The US and Russia cannot decide for Iran. We are there at the request of the Syrian government. It’s our region. It’s the Persian Gulf, not the Gulf of Mexico. We are going nowhere.”
Maryam Rajavi, President of Iran’s main opposition organization, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) warned of what was to come in her address in Paris in 2007. “Four years ago I warned the threat of the mullahs’ meddling in Iraq is 100 times more dangerous than its nuclear ambitions.” However, it is not just Iraq, Iran’s influence has now spread across the region.