Setting The Stage For War: US Air Force Says Missile Targeting Saudi Capital Was Iranian

Tyler Durden's picture

One day after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ordered their citizens to evacuate Lebanon - a move many suggested telegraphed an imminent "military intervention" - the mainstream media has begun building the case for a new mid-east war, one which will involve Iran and Hezbollah (and potentially Russia, not to mention other Shia Muslims) on one hand, and Saudi Arabia and Israel on the other.

For that, it got help from the US Air Force today, and as AP reports this morning, "the ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels that targeted the Saudi capital was from Iran and bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday." Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Forces Central Command in Qatar, made the comments at a news conference in Dubai. Predictably, Harrigian declined to offer any specifics on what type of missile they believed it was.

If the narrative sounds familiar, it's because it is: just as European terrorists conveniently commit suicide and always dutifully bring along their passports so they can be identified, so Iran always makes sure it leaves identifying marks when it illegally sells its weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

No really: after the Nov. 4 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 what, though it also 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 U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement Tuesday that the July launch involved an Iranian Qiam-1, a liquid-fueled, short-range Scud missile variant. Iran used a Qiam-1 in combat for the first time in June when it targeted Islamic State group militants in Syria over twin militant attacks in Tehran.

It was unclear what, exactly, constitutes "Iranian markings": perhaps a stamp on the side saying "this ballistic missile was made in Iran, if found please return to PO Box 666, Tehran."

A still image of the missile taken from a video distributed by Yemen's pro-Houthi
Al Masirah television station on November 5, 2017

To be sure, this was not the first time the rocket was "found" to be Iranian, and the news first emerged hours after the missile was miraculously intercepted by Saudi counter missiles, and then again earlier this week when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said "information released by Saudi Arabia showed the missile fired in July was an Iranian Qiam, which she described as “a type of weapon that had not been present in Yemen before the conflict.”

Haley said that by providing weapons to the Houthis, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp‎s had violated two U.N. resolutions on Yemen and Iran. She said a missile shot down over Saudi Arabia on Saturday “may also be of Iranian origin.”


“We encourage the United Nations and international partners to take necessary action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations,” Haley said. It was not immediately clear what action the United States was calling for.

The fact that the story of "Iran's missile" made the mainstream media for the third time in one week, is just another indication that this story is meant to remain fresh in the mind of the public, even though - as AP reported - there was no elaboration or evidence actually disclosed to the public. Just like when Russia hacked the American middle class to vote for Trump...

Trivial (lack of) details aside, 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. What authorities will find is that Iran was in breach of a variety of embargos, and further violated the nuclear deal, giving the democratic western media just the right amount of justification to root for Saudi Arabia and Israel when the next war begins.

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Update: and then there's this:


and finally:


We'll soon find out if he is right.

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Giant Meteor's picture

Yeah, yeah, of course it wa ..

BaBaBouy's picture

Missile Also Dropped Iranian Passports ...

skbull44's picture

And everybody who is against us has WMDs...

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

The jews and sandniggers have officially jumped the shark if they think White America is going to support another war in the Middle East. They are long since fed up with the juden money machine / sandnigger oil alliance.

We are teetering on the abyss.

SofaPapa's picture

File this one under the category of "outside of the inner circle of sociopaths, the rest of us will never know the true story."

Maybe.  Arguing against that maybe, however, is a proven history on the part of those making the accusation over the past 15 years of lying hundreds, if not thousands, of times to create wars of their own choice.  Those lies are now proven.  As such, the odds that the Iranians are "starting this" (the clear goal of this propaganda is to cement that storyline in "The People's" minds), ~ 20%, to my mind.

Neocons are gonna neocon...

svayambhu108's picture

On the tractor gearbox you saw on twitter if you zoom enough you can see:

Made in Iran

Death to America

land_of_the_few's picture

It was one of them newfangled Chrysler missiles.

Nimrata decoded it from Farsi into Urdu into Hindi into Inglese, because she's bright like that, she used her night vision goggles and the Hubble telescope to do it.

Wasn't there a British Indian MP that got busted to floor mopping duties lately for hobnobbing with the Sweaty Polack without getting govt permission? Perhaps he got a taste for Desi milfs lately?



ne-tiger's picture

Things I hate the orange clown:

1) increase MIC budget

2) War with NK 

3) War with Iran

4) You could not even fucking visit Cuba without a group tourist.

AllTimeWhys's picture

And i bet Iran has WMD's too... /s

Manthong's picture


Well F……..

Just do it the Old- fashioned US way…….


BigJim's picture

As I recall, many of the munitions ISIL used in Iraq/Syria were unquestionably US in origin.

So I'm guessing it's time to boycott the USA for supplying weapons to a known terrorist group.

BennyBoy's picture


US-made bomb killed civilians in Yemen residential building, says Amnesty


"A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemen’s capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more – including a five-year-old girl called Buthaina whose photograph went viral after the strike – was made in the US, Amnesty International has said."

MSM wont bring up these murders by the US.

So why is the US murdering people in Yemen? Did Yemen bomb the US?

JohninMK's picture

Number killed or injured by Houti 'Iranian' missile..............Zero

RafterManFMJ's picture

You’re right! It’s written in Hebrew, so it took me a little bit to translate it.

JSBach1's picture

What about the US supplying KSA with white phosphorous munitions in its war in Yemen? Where is the indignation?!?!

"The United States has used white phosphorous against fighters, including in 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq, and sporadically in Afghanistan over the course of the war there. In 2009, Israel used the weapon in populated areas in the Gaza Strip."

"The hypocrisy of U.S. leaders when it comes to chemical weapons is staggering.  While saying Syria needs attacked because there is a possibility President Assad used gas on his people, the U.S. also supplies Saudi Arabia with white phosphorus(a vicious chemical weapon that can maim and kill by burning to the bone) to use on the civilians of Yemen."

"The Belgian International Human Rights Organization confirmed that it has detected the use of phosphorus in a number of areas experiencing an armed conflict such as Yemen, asserting in a report that the coalition led by Saudi Arabia used in its war on Yemen white phosphorus munitions."


gladih8r's picture

"US Air Force Says Missile Targeting Saudi Capital Was Iranian"

Translation from .gov speak to English:  "US Air Force Says Missile Targeting Saudi Capital Was NOT Iranian"

Meat Hammer's picture

Pretty much. Know that anything they say is the exact opposite of the truth.

Abitcoinbrain's picture

Made in Iran Imported by Israel Enough said!

Giant Meteor's picture

 "What is it good for? Absolutely nothing Uh ha haa ha War...huh...yeah What is it good for? Absolutley nothing...say it again y'all War…"

While the lyrical sentiment above is well understood by many, a great song too, war is good for a few , at the expense of the many.

All wars are banker wars ..

Sales are down  ..


BOPOH's picture

The very complete statement:

All wars are jew banker wars... Acompanied by revolutions and all other clever crafted conflicts.

skbull44's picture

Manufactured by 'Stark Industries'...guaranteed!

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Made in Iran, spelled in English

land_of_the_few's picture

And why can't it be Yemeni? God knows they have suffered enough and deserve some kind of comeback.

They sure weren't quibbling about the country of manufacture of the missile when the Yemenis destroyed a Saudi catamaran patrol boat HSV-2. Most likely because the Saudis don't fancy their chances against China


J S Bach's picture

Aren't there enough of the lowing American herd out there who can now SEE what our (((deep-state bastards))) are concocting here?  It's the same old same old.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  The American Talmudvision viewer's gullibility is boundless!

SofaPapa's picture

Sadly, you know the answer to this as much as anyone.  Divide and Conquer.

99% of the population knows we are being lied to at this point.  But as long as 20% blames the jews, 20% blames the whites, 20% blames the blacks, 20% blames the Russians, and 20% blames the "cis-gendered", TPTB are all good.  It's such a shitshow, nobody can slow down enough to focus on the names that come up again and again and again of the individuals making these decisions.

Propaganda works.  All it has to do is confuse enough to prevent organization and mobilization.  Human nature on a population level, it appears, is very easy to manipulate.  That science is perhaps among the most advanced in the 21st century, all at the disposal of a few thousand sociopaths.

J S Bach's picture

You're right, propaganda does work.  But, its affects are much less felt upon a thinking brain.  Our job is to continue to propagate the truth against their mountains of propaganda to the contrary.  To those who can think, this all seems like wasted time - like having to explain that the sky is blue on a sunny day.  But, that's the current evolutionary state of our people, so it must be done.

crazzziecanuck's picture

It's funny because, from what I see, those who claim to see through propaganda are victims of it.  Most humans are geared to selectively believe what they want to hear.  One person's propganda is another person's truth.

I just assume everything is a lie.  Everything is a racket.

SofaPapa's picture

Very good point.  The word itself has lost meaning, because it now represents "the information that disagrees with my worldview".

The follow-on to your assumption (with which I agree) is that nobody is to be supported.  I support nobody who is not personally well-known to me.  That means family and very close friends only.  Any "leader" lacks my support, because his/her interests are by definition not the same as mine and those I love.

The best thing we can do is to stop paying attention (which is the primary form of validation) to these nimrods.  Sadly, by being on this site, I am clearly failing this test.  All this "drama" is just too damned entertaining and certainly provides an easy distraction from the mundane nature of modern living. Step by step, I guess.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Setting The Stage For War: US Air Force Says Missile Targeting Saudi Capital Was Iranian

My response: In the Bible, there are two wars yet to come. They are described in both Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. This headline fits perfectly with the text as described in both of these sections of scripture.

Interesting to say the least.

Txpl9421's picture

You read this somewhere, and thus it is accurate.

I could say the same about people getting their information about EMPs from a novel.

An EMP Novel and 3,000 year old predictions are about equal in their accuracy.

At least the EMP novel is fun to read.

gladih8r's picture

Dude, these prophesies appear to be true every few decades in the middle east. 

The bible could say that "Man shall order pizza after work so that he and his family may eat" ..... and holy crap it's gonna happen tomorrow!  It says so in the bible! 

Just like it happened the week before.

house biscuit's picture

Man, before critiquing, maybe we should wait for the actual bible verses

Or at least a link to a biblical institute

svayambhu108's picture

Irony is strong with this one

Akzed's picture

Interesting to say the least.

Bad hermeneutics is interesting in a weird way, but tends to obscure the meaning of a text.

See Rev. 1:1-3; Mt. 23:36; 24:34 for some clues about the timeframe of unfulfilled prophecies c. AD 33-70, aka The Last Days.

lucitanian's picture

Setting The Stage For War: US Air Force Says Missile Targeting Saudi Capital Was Iranian

My response:The headline should read : The bombs that targeted Houthis in Yemen killing thousands of civilians and constituting was crimes were from the US and UK as were the aircraft that delivered them, meantime the US Air Force Says Missile Targeting Saudi Capital Was Iranian

A. Boaty's picture

You can teeter on the edge, or fall into the abyss, but you can't teeter on the abyss.

Uninvited's picture

"Through their (Jew's) international news agencies, they mold your minds and have you see the world not as it is, but as they want you to see it. Through their cinema, they are the educators of our youth -- and with just one film in two hours, can wipe out of a child's brain what he has learned in six months in the home, the church or the school." - Adrien Arcand , Canadian political leader of the 1930s

War Machine's picture

The Burqan 2H, which is what was fired, is old, and Yemeni. It was fired by ex-Yemeni military.

The Houthis are not Iranian 'proxies' and while they have received, no doubt, some help from Iran, it is much less than the media and neocon think tanks claim. It is also the case that the Saudis (and some Israeli pilots in Saudi jets, some say) have conducted an air war that has no code of conduct - they bomb schools, hospitals, funerals... and they know the American public won't hear of it outside a small number of liberals and antiwar libertarians who don't control any major media let alone Vichy Washington.

The Iranians have provided a little help to a massively outgunned populace which is not trying to create a global caliphate - they just dont want to be ruled by a us/saudi puppet govt bent on fucking them out of what few resources they have.

The Air Force like the rest of the US military has few Jews but more than the other branches.

The CoS under Trump is

he replaced a non-jew, but *that guy* replaced another Jew.

The guy in charge of AF nukes:

Goldfein and Weinstein both have had contact with Israeli agents, that is repeesentatives of Israel's government.

The decision to claim this was identified as an Iranian missile would go across Goldfein's desk.

It is a lie. It simply isn't true.

Hedge accordingly.

quintus.sertorius's picture

Thank you for this valuable info, War Machine. Definitely to take into account the very dangerous conflicts of interest in the US Air Force.

veritas semper vinces's picture

There is ZERO evidence of Iran's interference in Yemen: no captured or dead Iranian soldiers or confiscated Iranian weapons. There is ,however ,evidence of USA involvement during Obama's regime  and during Trump 'sregime,as in dead soldiers and US bombardment/drones/missile attacks.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

But,but Trump did the war dance...............,

.........he rubbed the Orb!

the Djin of War has been summoned

Bush Baby's picture

Looks like Trump is going to let them do their own fighting this time around.

Lot's more dead Muslims and we get to sell them more hardware -

Giant Meteor's picture

RUSH  Bibi Bin Salaman to the UN to draw the bomb diagram again ..

Somebody else can handle the yellow cake ..

Look out below ..

Winston Churchill's picture

In pristine condition,already in evidence bags ?

Selly2k's picture

US sells arms to Saudies, Iran sells to Yamenies. What is the big deal?

Giant Meteor's picture

Surely you jest! For one thing it's a direct violation of Starfleets prime directive ..

This never ends well ..

chubbar's picture

Who the fuck cares? The US and Saudis are bombing the shit out of Yemen. The Saudis have caused a cholera outbreak as a result of their bombs and the US is complicit in starving Yemeni children. Then when someone in Yemen fires a missile back at the Saudis we should all be outraged that it was built in Iran? Is this the new arrangement? We get to bomb the shit out of you but you can't fight back?

How about the US arms shipped to the ISIS which were used to fight against US soldiers? Why isn't that a fucking outrage? And why is the manufacturer of a weapon responsible for how the new owner uses it? That isn't the way it works anywhere else in the world.

The US is run by maniacs bent on starting a world war. Biggest bunch of assholes, on both sides of the aisle, in our history.