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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NoWayJose's picture

OK - so an Iranian missile fired from yemen means - declare war on lebanon?

NoWayJose's picture

BUT - inside the yemen missile is an engine from belgium, a guidance system from germany, and an empty pack of French cigarettes. Should Saudi Arabia declare war on the EU?

David Wooten's picture

"...the story of "Iran's missile" made the mainstream media for the third time in one week..."

I have not found too many MSM stories on this and ones I did find, and which allowed reader comments, were not well-received by the commenters.  Americans are waking up.

Jkweb007's picture

What not made in China?  Missile shot down and they found blown up parts that said made in iran.  So its ok if. ARABIA bombs Yemen but Yemen cant retaliate? Does Isreal seriously want a war, these people must be nuts.

rwe2late's picture

Saudis bomb Yemen with USA-made weaponry and bombs,

and Saudi jets are

refueled mid-air by USA fueling planes.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Most of the times Saudi planes have American/British pilots

NuYawkFrankie's picture


Attn: ZOG-USSA Mil'turry

THAT story is wearing a bit thin.... I believe Harvey might be available if you're looking for a new script.

You're welcome.

Aubiekong's picture

But it was built  and launched by our very own CIA (Bush, Clinton, Obama crime syndicate)...


Well that makes a change. fired missiles are usually American.

Neochrome's picture

Israel needs to understand that it has been extremely lucky in the wars so far but there is no guarantees that outcomes in the future will result in their advantage. Technology advances make available much more destructive power for much cheaper to many more people. CRISPR set can be obtained for as little as $10,000 and the brand new digital equipment cost between $25,000 and $50,000 or as much as an average car. Means of delivery can cost between $0 and perhaps a few hundred dollars for a drone. Mix in access to internet to get some ideas how to splice DNA and you are in business. Defense is non existent. And if we wait another few years we will have AI doing splicing a-la-carte. Instead of making more enemies, perhaps it would be a good time to start making friends out of those enemies?

RedDwarf's picture

Why a threat of war with Iran, just what the incoming king needs to consolidate his power, and what America and Israel need to justify intervening directly.  How convenient this one lone rocket attack by Iran was.

Lost in translation's picture

US = the Empire of Lies.

Things aren’t going to work out quite like the Pentagram thinks they will, this time.

“Lucifer doesn’t keep his promises, General Mattis.”

aliens is here's picture

Dear Murica:

Prepare to let your treasure, father, mother and sons and daughter to fight and die on foreign soil again.

It's for the children!


Your politicans and MIC.

Akzed's picture

Get it all outa your sytem now boys, this kiind of talk will soon be treated as seditious. Examples must be made.

rejected's picture

OMG,,, what will they do! Lock us up on prison ships like Lincoln did to journalists that disagreed with the BS of the time?

Akzed's picture

No you're right, they wouldn't do anything unpleasant, what was I thinking?!

I Write Code's picture

If it was crusted in pistachios, and scattered thousands of business cards for Los Angeles real estate agents, then yeah, Iranian.

rejected's picture

Actually the passport of one of the Iranian rocket assemblers somehow fell into the rocket and managed to survive the detonation,,, floated to the ground in front of the USAF investigator who just arrived at the airport in SA.

It was a miracle....

Internet-is-Beast's picture

I don't believe that this was Iranean missile, but I know that I will believe it after they repeat the same thing a hundred times without offering any proof. I'm kind of like Trump that way, being that he is surrounded by Neocons who repeat the same thing over and over until he believes it. It helps when they give you a morsel of cheese when you start to believe.

dsty's picture

Poor innocent Iran.

Let's all chant along with them fellow ZH Iran worshippers.

Death To America.

Who says propaganda doesn't work?

rejected's picture

Instead of Moronic posts like this,,, Why don't you inform us exactly what the propaganda Iran is spreading?

Inquiring minds want to know.

shovelhead's picture

Yeah. Those bastards should have gotten over that coup and the secret police training years ago.

Fuckin Ayatollahs can't take a joke.

Volkodav's picture

       yeh, they banned Farsi version my book "How to Relax in a Police State"

       Persians hard headed like that... 

       please note revised edition English soon available

Mena Arkansas's picture

You mean like the daily Bernay-esqe lies in the jewstream media?

That propaganda?

rejected's picture

Nikki Haley,,, Where do we find shitbags like this.Well,,, it appears America has the market cornered on them.

Her and her husband are tax payer parasites. Hubby Michael is a 'Diversity Officer' in the South Carolina NG. Apparently sent to Afghanistan with his unit (Agribusiness Development Team 3-49) to teach the Afghans how to irrigate, prune, fertilizing and marketing.  It worked! Poppy production increased.  He managed to spend $7 billion US tax dollars.  Win win for the CIA,,, and it was great publicity for hot Nikki. Hubby in a war zone fighting all those mean and nasty Taliban. Yes,,, another American hero! 

Well leach Nikki as US Ambassador to UN salary is between $119,000 to $179,000 to spew the US propagand. Wanna bet which end of that spread she is on?

Bet you slugs didn't even know the National Guard had a Agribusiness Development Team. Neither did I.  LOL. Seems the Clemson University was in on the scam.

The shit they get away with.... astounding!  No wonder they need to print more money.

shovelhead's picture

The bright side is that they learn to farm with Monsanto products instead of just paying off corrupt govt. officials.

So "end user benefit" corruption is more ecumenical than the regular old fashion kind.

Why are you complaining about progress?

rejected's picture

Sorry,,, Didn't think about that!

Okay,,, I admit it,,, I had to look up ecumenical.....

redmudhooch's picture

Someone should tell that Zio-whore Nikki Nimrata Randhawa that Israel/Saudi definitely 100% attacked us on 9/11 killing 3000 Americans, and again in Las Vegas recently killing over 50 Americans.

When did Iran, Lebanon, or Korea attack us? Fuck Trump, just another spineless coward. Fuck Israel, they are the "chosen people" so this time they should be on their own, no more American blood or money, let God pick the winner this time.

"9/11 was a false flag operation, I would tell this in a federal court"

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

BritBob's picture

Hell bent on destroying the world in the name of Allah.   Crazy Ayatollahs.  

Neochrome's picture

As opposed to the West destroying the world in the name of democracy?

dlweld's picture

I guess you have to ask yourself why would Lebanon or Iran fire a single stupid missile into Saudi Arabia? What would be the benefit to them? Do they want to provide an excuse for the USA to attack them? A puzzle for sure.

Fireman's picture

If Iran supplies weapons to their allies in Yemen...what exactly is the problem?

Look what the "coalition" scum are doing.


“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

Anyone else getting tired of the countless lies by the CIA/Mossad/US/Israeli war machine?



Fireman's picture

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

So what?


USSAN shit kills people every second! Iranian weapons and Russian weapons have been wiping out Al CIAduh's slash Izrael's I$I$ liver eating filth for the last 6 years in Syria and Pentacon can't do a damn thing about it. Get over it already. The IOU Saudi Mercan petroscrip fiat filth is getting flushed right before our eyes and all the US air force guff aint going to change diddley squat.

activisor's picture

Why would anyone believe anything coming out of the mouths of the US military. They are proven liars, and have yet to provide any evidence on Assad's chemical weapons attacks on his own people. This is just another fabricated story which will be disproved by the Alt media.

Joiningupthedots's picture

If America attacks Iran unilterally it will lose EVERY asset it has in the Persian Gulf and on land.

10,000 ICBM's and a whole bunch of mach 5 anti ship missiles says all the the infrastructure gets smashed and that includes Israel who cant even beat Hezbullah

Take Nukes ourt of the equation and its all nothing more than hot air (again)

Put Nukes into the equation and its WW3.

Guess its up to you America???

metanoic's picture

The US sells illicit weapons on the black market, including DU, chemical and nuclear fuel - I don't see anyone making a big deal about all of these weapons with "US markings" being used for genocide, color revolutions and coup d'etat's the world over.

musimann's picture

Wonder what the marking on all the Bombs SA has dropped on Yemen. Possible origins - not SA.

AurorusBorealus's picture

Where was the msamour who was telling me the other day how Chinese mercantilism, the new silk road, and Putin were going to end the Shia-Sunni Persian-Arab rivalry and miraculously transform all the psychopaths of the world: i.e. the U.S., Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia into peace-loving, happy traders?  Calling msamour... I am waiting to hear that explanation again.

mabuhay1's picture

All the missiles used by the Houthi are Iranian in origin.  The Houthi manufacture nothing.  The Silk Worm Variant anti-ship missiles used earlier, and all the current short and medium range ballistic missiles are all of Iranian design and manufacture.  This has always been known.  The Iranians continue to supply the Houthi with weapons and support, just as they have all along, as the war in Yemen is nothing more than an Iranian proxy war against Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is doing nothing more than defending itself in the current conflict, and the escalation is all on the Iranians and their proxies, the Houthi.

StreetObserver's picture

Yeah, those poor little Saudis, being attacked by those gargantuan Houthis!

How many people are sitting around you typing pro Saudi propaganda?

Do you work for the same outfit that based the Bernie Bros? Is it paid per post or by the hour?

ogretown's picture

Oh hell, not again!  This tattered tactic has only worked *once*.  The cold-blooded sinking of the Lusitania and then blaming it on the Germans was brilliant.  Americans almost overnight went from isolationism to clamoring for war.  The MIC tried it again in the Ukraine, knocking a packed passenger plane out of the sky and trying, but failing to blame that on the Russians.  Now once again to the same dry well - blaming Iran for a debliberately failed US/Israeli missile attack on Saudi Arabia. 

mog's picture

knocking a packed passenger plane out of the sky and trying, but failing to blame that on the Russians.

You know the Brits are still sitting on the black boxes which were in good condition.


Volkodav's picture

        Dutch sealed the investigation is rumor out there

        not long after Ukr govt cover up documents exposed by defector

headless blogger's picture

Bombs dropped in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Libya....mostly all USA. Dropped on innocent children. USA is a war criminal state. It will haunt us all one day, just like the Germans have been haunted ever since WW2.

Volkodav's picture

        Germany was targeted both World Wars

        better learn real history