Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Are We Going to War With Iran?

Are We Going to War With Iran?

On Thursday Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, presented what she called "undeniable" evidence that a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made, a charge that Tehran immediately denied at the time.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has alleged that Iran had supplied a missile to Yemen's Houthi which was sacked at Saudi Arabia last month. Haley also revealed pieces of military material she said were provided by Iran. "What we are doing in that region", he added, "is standing by allies and partners, and we're on one hand exposing, on the other hand helping them build their own capability to reject Iranian influence".

"Ambassador Haley was revealing evidence - physical evidence, debris - that we got our hands on that shows they have been providing ballistic missiles to the Huthis", the USA defense minister said.

The parts, United States officials say, bear markings showing they originated in Iran. It is a little hypocritical to demagogue against Iran for backing its preferred factions in the Yemeni civil war while Saudi Arabia besieges and bombs that country with Washington's backing, the weapons the US dumps in Syria and Iraq keep ending up in the hands of extremists, and private Saudi money funds at least as many jihadists across the Middle East as Iran's Revolutionary Guard does.

He added that the USA has sold weapons to its allies enabling them to "kill civilians and impose starvation", in reference to Washington's arms deal with Riyadh in its aggression against Yemen.

There is no military role for the United States in exposing Iran's activities, Mattis said.

The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen on November 4 at King Khaled International Airport outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, as well as a drone and an anti-tank weapon recovered in Yemen by the Saudis. The Saudi-led military campaign has so far killed thousands of civilians and left millions of people on the verge of starvation. Human rights critics fear that Saudi Arabia has not only bought their weapons but their acceptance for its policies.

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