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Cruise Missile Strike On Saudi Airport Marks Start Of New Round Of Escalation In Middle East

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Cruise Missile Strike On Saudi Airport Marks Start Of New Round Of Escalation In Middle East

On June 12, the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) launched a cruise missile at Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia. The movement said that the missile had successfully hit the airport, which has a large military part to it.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the pro-Ansar Allah part of the Yemeni Armed Forces, said that “advanced U.S. air-defense systems” deployed inside the airport were not able to intercept the missile.

In their turn, the Saudi side said that the missile had hit the arrival hall in the airport injuring 26 civilians, including three women and two children. Most of the injured civilians were treated on the spot. Eight were transported to nearby hospitals.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Col. Turki al-Malki, called the Yemeni movement a terrorist group and described the attack as a war crime.

Later, Ansar Allah’s TV channel AlMasirah released an infographic claiming that the launched missile has a maximum range of 2,500 km. the warhead a weight of 450kg and uses GPS guidance.

According to experts, the used missile may have in fact been an Iranian Soumar cruise missile assembled from parts in Yemen. The Soumar is a developed on the basis of the Soviet-designed Kh-55 subsonic air-launched cruise missile. Iran obtained the Kh-55 from Ukraine in the 2000s.

Ansar Allah has a track record of using precision-guided weapons. In 2017, they launched what is suspected to be an Iranian Soumar cruise missile at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE.

The June 12 strike is not unexpected. Yemeni forces resisting the Saudi-led invasion have repeatedly warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE they are ready to retaliate by targeting vital infrastructure of these two countries.

On March 16, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari said that “legitimate targets” for missile and drone strikes extend to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. On May 14, a drone strike by Ansar Allah forced Saudi Arabia to halt temporarily the pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline.

Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia and its allies seem to be unwilling to halt their military invasion in Yemen, launched in 2015, and move towards a political solution with Ansar Allah, which controls key parts of the country, including the capital of Sanaa and the port of al-Hudaydah. The main reason being that any kind of such solution is seen by the Saudi leadership as an acceptance of the failure of its costly foreign policy in the region.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia and the US position the developing conflict in Yemen as a part of their campaign against Iran describing Ansar Allah is as an Iranian proxy. So, June 12-like developments may well lead to further attempts by the US and its allies to increase pressure on Iran.

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  • Rob

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani following their summit meeting in Tehran on Wednesday while on the other side the US terrorist Boltn have sabotage their oil tankers.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5620369e23fbe6d65f075129a29509348e97d5963afce13fd9d3251d4ac99284.jpg

    • jm74

      Trouble with Iran is that they have a big mouth; bragging what they can do, what they have and how great they are has put them into a corner. To save face the Japs become intermediaries. One can imagine what Abe is saying; “look Hassan, Donny baby wants you to do this and that”! Hassan replies “Tell massa no problem”.

      • bla

        and then you realized you forgot to take your medication, hasbara troll ?

        • jm74

          Wanker.

      • northerntruthseeker .

        Hasbara alert… Hasbara alert!

        This one is so obvious and laughable….

      • Ewan

        Iran has a big Mouth ? Israel has a big mouth. Iran just marched across two nations and is knocking on Israel’s border. Israel, since the late 1990’s is still trying to get the US to bomb Iran. Israelis are P@ssies. Iran has dismantled the US and Israeli plan for Eretz Israel, killed Oded Yinon and PNAC in just 3 years, controls Iraq and Syria, and Threatens Israel’s existence by building Hezbollah’s massive Missile arsenal that gave the Hezb the balls to thoroughly kick Israel’s ass in 2006 and 2000. Please take your head outta your ass before you post.

      • US-Navy Revert Shia

        You know young fellow it “Morons” like you who do not know where The “Great Islamic Republic Of Iran” Is on The Map. Paid Poster Jew Boy. Enjoy your last Gay Parade the only “gay parade in the So-Called Middle east” in HELL’AVIV 06/14/2019 .GODS people my ASS-!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6d95ad75378fbd2dabefd56752695e5b1159e31e0a7fcd35d7b5fda359ec7408.png -!!!!!

    • You can call me Al

      It also a very stern warning to Japan.

      “You are our friends and you cannot play with them Iranians”.

  • bla

    Bravo Houthis ! Man imagine if houthis had an air force, would have reached Riyadh and Palestine by now.

  • northerntruthseeker .

    Bravo for the Houthis….

    And this shows that these supposed “terrorists” are not so primitive after all!

    I would say that this is about time.. And is nothing more than retaliation for the psycho Saudis brutally murdering innocent Yemen civilians!

  • Loung Kodak

    Escalation is nothing more than U.S. frustrations what refuse to admit a multipolar world and the loss of their leadership (as well as a new era without the US-dollars as a reserve currency.)

    • pappa gone

      As trump ants to own the whole world, Macron wants to own the whole Africa, massacring africans as in 1700 and 1800 (and before with enslavement), French wanted kill Gheddafi obtaining the worst crisis possible for the whole European nations (and now they don’t want at all receive migrants and refugees they created).
      In change French nation is suffering one of the worst economical and social crisis they had from french revolution….. which is happening again!

      • Loung Kodak

        EXACTLY !