Saudi Arabia: Iran’s missile support for Houthis could spread to al-Qaeda

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Iran’s support for Houthi militias in Yemen could see ballistic missile expertise escape into the hands of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen said this week

In comments reported by The Telegraph, Mohammad Al Jabir said “Iran is not just sending weapons, they are transferring the knowhow in ballistic missiles to Yemenis.”


He said the expertise “could perhaps be transferred to the militia in Syria, maybe to al-Qaeda, maybe to Isil,” using another acronym for ISIS.

“In Yemen there are tribes where maybe one is a Houthi, but another from your family is al-Qaeda. You can transfer the knowhow, maybe not now but after one, two or three years,” he added.

Saudi officials have previously accused Iran of smuggling missile parts into Yemen where Iranian experts help the militia assemble the weapons to fire into Saudi Arabia.

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