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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Mr.BlingBling's picture

Amen, brother!

Just because the rogue war machine wised up and now blocks news photographers doesn't mean shit like this ain't going down regularly:

Our insouciance is what allows these Crimes Against Humanity to continue, and the only way the rogue war machine will stop is when the guillotines roll--after "our" leaders are tried and convicted, all legal-like of course. 

east of eden's picture

'insousiance' is just a polite term for willfull ignorance, which US Citizens have IN SPADES.

Winston Churchill's picture

Or it could be most of the population are full members of a suicidal death cult.

Sociopaths led by psychopaths,both devoid of empathy.

History is full of examples if you look at  from that perspective.

ptolemy_newit's picture




shovelhead's picture


Some people like to buy crappy overpriced shit just because of the label.

Why complain? Good jobs at good wages.

slickrick's picture

Yup. Some poor mentally ill Irananian returning from vacation will get arrested and there you have it; The new 911 (nohnohyek). It is definately about to go down.

Number 9's picture

killing people you dont know that will never be a threat for the glory of israhell..

pretty much makes me despise paying taxes more than the blatant theft that it is..

c'mon giant meteor

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

When will the lies stop? The USSA citizen has created a fucking monster, in their silence and living in their own bubble. We'll soon see as I've been proclaiming since he became POTUS, that Trump will be the same as Killary. Let's see the Trumpettes defend him after war breaks out, because we all know its coming.


shankster's picture

Prep 4 false flags.

small axe's picture

Some low-level CIA operative is going to get a big bonus for a clever paint job on the missile. A can of spray paint, some stencils ... voila, Tehran is toast

the US has become a sick country determined to drag the world down to its criminal level


ThinkAgain's picture

As long as the neocons run the show in DC, Iran will not be safe. All this negotiation time was a waste. Regardless how good was/is in his job: it's the counter party that determines the viability of a deal. The counter party is in this case the NeoCon clan in DC. No way Iran ever will get a fair deal due to that.

Iran shouldn't have fallen into the bait of 'end of sanctions': they will be screwed over an over again, they will lose all down payments on all huge orders again. Iran should develop its economy seperate of the USA as there's no hope as long the NeoCons are determine the realm in DC.



shankster's picture

Bankster-GANGSTER, Deep-State proxy wars.

Obsidian Samctum's picture

Said missiles had a letter on it that read,” This is an Iranian missile.”

OverTheHedge's picture

Witten on the back of a Soudi passport? We know their passport material is the strongest material in the world, but odd that they would have given some to Iran...perhaps this proves it IS a false flag?

Kina's picture

Has Russia give Iran nukes yet?

That will shut everybody up.

North Korea showed that.

When you got nukes the collateral damage risk shuts up all.

east of eden's picture

Of course. Even Hezbollah has over 250 'Sunburn' missiles.

shankster's picture

As long as there remains a Fed and an IRS this will continue.

OKUSA's picture

It doesn't even matter anymore. War was inevitable for some time now, so let's just get on with it.

Sagnihc Nam's picture

This article is lame. Why wouldnt Iran sell Yemen missles? Why wouldn't they launch one at Saudi arabia.? They all need to start bombing each other. The whole area needs to go up in smoke. So the world can move on and get beyond this religion of peace.

I am so sick of the middle East. All of them are retarded.

Joe Plane's picture

There must have been an ID card glued to one of the rocket's fins. Or a whole Iranian pssport.

Ghordius's picture

good one, but there are many ways to identify remnants of weapons like rockets. by experts, of course, so you need experts you can trust in this. if you trust experts in the first place, that is

ZH: "just as European terrorists conveniently commit suicide and always dutifully bring along their passports so they can be identified"

the tendency of carrying an ID or a passport where it's common to do that is just that: common

If I were a terrorist in continental Europe of course I would carry my passport until the act. because any policeman can stop me and ask me for ID. If I don't provide for one, they can take me with them for checks. which can take up to 24 hours, and spoil what I am planning

author is trying to pack slightly too much in it, there

Eyes Opened's picture

"If I were a terrorist in continental Europe of course I would carry my passport until the act. because any policeman can stop me and ask me for ID."


Kinda contradicting yourself there Ghordius....

shankster's picture

Say NO! To more war..NO

cherry picker's picture

I don't believe anything Nicki Haley or the USA administration says anymore.

Their creditbility went down the tubes after 9-11 and George W 'He tried to kill my Daddy' Bush  named the 'axis of Evil'

For all you poor people in the ME who are going to suffer big time, lose loved ones, homes and more, about time you got rid of some of the troublemakers who 'Rule' your countries and are in bed with the USA, the world's largest terrorist organization.

Also, if you are lucky enough to survive, check what is left from the bombs etc that may be lying around what used to be your house or business and see if it has 'Made in USA' stamped on it.

shankster's picture

US government lost all credibility when JFK was killed. US has been a prison state ever since, ruling with iron fist.

Debugas's picture

A clear attempt to push the false flag towards the start of a real war

shankster's picture

It's the only way they can get fence sitters to jump on the war band-wagon in the 'usa'

Pol Pot's picture

By this logic the US is responsible for all of the weapons it makes and sells and should be held liable for their use.....

buzzsaw99's picture

hey our weapons target orphanages, NOT CAPITOLS!

cherry picker's picture

Why liable? Make it criminal.

buzzsaw99's picture

it was a massive unprovoked attack.  /SARCASM

moorewasthebestbond's picture

The US Air Force spews a lot of bullshit.


The US Air Force put some nobody Captain on TV to get the "pilot error" theme going for the JFK Jr. crash(ed) while they were busy fishing the bodies out of the water.

apoplectic query's picture

TPTB trying to keep the fear pr0n going. It's not working, you dumb fucks.

Jtrillian's picture

How quickly we forget yellow cake and aluminim tubes. 

Karma is a bitch.'s picture

Congrats on the high level forensics.  How about focusing on the missile that hit the Pentagon on 9/11 next?

shankster's picture

That one had American made all over it.

shankster's picture

Look out for 9II type false flag in US soon.

Mewa's picture

Big happy face markings that looked like Khomeini so it must be Iranian...just like WMDs, antrax, and incubators.....trouble is Iran and Qatar just set up a regional nat gas market selling in Yuan....Bad people trying to take away US terror funding worldwide.

quasi_verbatim's picture

Someone daubed 'Love from Tehran' on its nose.

richsob's picture

I have absolutely no doubt the missle could have been of Iranian origin.  If there's verfiable proof of that being true, then it's a fact.  BUT the larger issue is what's going to be done about it?  Is it worth a huge war?  I don't think so.  One missile that did shit for damage, no matter what its origin was, isn't worth scads of people getting killed in another war.

shankster's picture

See film, 'The Day After'

Mylifedependsonit's picture

I'm an Air Force vet, and that fucking movie gave me some spooky fucking dreams.

Thordoom's picture

Please nobody pay attention to the facts that US provides targeting and refueling for KSA airforce in unbelievable warcriems that The would hasn't seen sicen WW2. IF Yemenis fire at KSA we should applaud them.

Iran was on the list for a log time and Trump as ueducated zio-shill he is have a real woody for Iran.

Question  for me is what will Russia and Turkey do. I read that Erdo and Putin are about to meet soon.

Hezbollah can handle Israhell just fine and with battle-hardened Syrians and Iraqese they shouldnt be really a problem to keep them bussy while Iran have it over with KSA. Problem is US will rather die for Zionist filth than  live peacefully.

PS: I can't even look at that f..king whore Nikki Haley.What hideous deamon was she born from.

Mylifedependsonit's picture

Is it surprising that the missile has Iranian origins? It had to come from somewhere right? 

I wonder what was identifiable on the wreckage that gave investigators the country of origin? That is a question I doubt will be answered. Does a Quiam 1 skud missile shed its boost phase components mid flight? 

I'm curious today.

VWAndy's picture

 A global false flag op?

FBaggins's picture

Cearly another Zio-US false flag.

zimboe's picture

Ahh, more piping-hot horse-biscuits wrapped in tinfoil.

Who cares if these ragtop assholes grind each other up?  Fuck'em.  Buzzards gotta eat too.


Think of it as evolution in action. Or if you prefer, self inflicted Pest Control.