How did Ira­nian weapons get to Ye­men?

The Week Middle East - - News - Hani Salem Moshour

For the first time since the launch of Op­er­a­tion Al-Hazm in March 2015, Ira­nian weapons seized in Ye­men were shown on the Al-Ara­biya doc­u­men­tary “Al Wisam Al Aswad”. Naval mines, un­manned drones and war­ships all car­ried the hall­mark of be­ing made in Iran. Add to that the Houthi mili­tias who launched 79 bal­lis­tic mis­siles – of which two were aimed to­wards Mecca. How did these Ira­nian weapons reach Ye­men? Are there ex­perts from the Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard or mil­i­tary men from the Le­banese Hezbol­lah who sup­port the Houthi mili­tias? These ques­tions must be clearly an­swered in the con­text of the Ira­nian ob­jec­tive, which has been tar­get­ing Saudi Ara­bia since the over­throw of the Shah of Iran in 1979. Ac­cord­ing to Kevin Done­gan, com­man­der of op­er­a­tions for the US Fifth Fleet in the Ara­bian Sea, it was thanks to Ira­nian sup­port and its weapons smug­gling ac­tiv­i­ties that the Houthis have a huge ar­se­nal of bal­lis­tic mis­siles, and are able to sow sea mines and op­er­ate small booby traps to desta­bi­lize nav­i­ga­tion in the Horn of Africa.

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