Mis­sile tar­get­ing Saudis ‘bore Ira­nian mark­ings’

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DUBAI: The bal­lis­tic mis­sile fired by Ye­meni rebels that tar­geted the Saudi cap­i­tal was from Iran and bore “Ira­nian mark­ings,” the top US Air Force of­fi­cial in the Mid­dle East said yes­ter­day.

Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Jef­frey L Har­ri­gian, who over­sees the Air Forces Cen­tral Com­mand in Qatar, made the com­ments at a news con­fer­ence in Dubai.

Har­ri­gian said au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the mis­sile was smug­gled into Ye­men amid a Saudi-led coali­tion con­trol­ling the coun­try’s airspace, ports and bor­ders.

Af­ter last Satur­day’s strike near Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia’s for­eign min­istry said in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­am­in­ing the re­mains of the rocket found ev­i­dence prov­ing “the role of Ira­nian regime in man­u­fac­tur­ing them”. It did not elab­o­rate, though it men­tioned it found sim­i­lar ev­i­dence af­ter a July 22 mis­sile launch. French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron sim­i­larly this week de­scribed the mis­sile as “ob­vi­ously” Ira­nian.

Nikki Ha­ley, the US am­bas­sador to the UN, said on Tues­day that the July launch in­volved an Ira­nian Qiam-1, a liq­uid-fu­elled, short-range Scud mis­sile vari­ant.

Iran used a Qiam-1 in com­bat for the first time in June when it tar­geted Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in Syria.

Har­ri­gian de­clined to of­fer specifics on what type of mis­sile they be­lieved it was. – AP

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