Thursday, October 20, 2016

Top U.S. General In The Middle East Suspects Iran Was Behind Yemen Missile Launches At U.S. Navy Ships

Commanding General of U.S. Special Operations Command Gen. Joseph Votel.

The Hill: US general suspects Iran in Yemen missile launches

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said he suspects Iran is playing a role in recent missile launches by Houthi rebels in Yemen against U.S. ships in the Red Sea.

"I do think that Iran is playing a role in some of this. They have a relationship with the Houthis, so I do suspect there is a role in that," said U.S. Central Command leader Army Gen. Joseph Votel at the Center for American Progress.

It was the closest a U.S. official has come to directly attributing the missile attacks to Iran, which supports the Houthis in their civil war against the embattled regime.

Last week, U.S. ships were fired upon at least two times while in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, prompting a U.S. destroyer to destroy three radar sites that U.S. officials say they believe were used in the missile launches.

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WNU Editor: Iran is denying these allegations .... Iran denies "possible role" in attacking US warships in Red Sea (Global Times). More denials here .... Iran Rejects “Imaginary Story” of Role in Attack on US Vessels (Tasnim News Agency).

More News On U.S. General Votel Suspecting That Iran Was Behind Last Weeks Yemen Missile Launches At U.S. Navy Ships

General suspects Iran played a role in attacks on Norfolk-based Navy ships -- Virginia Pilot
Top general says Iran could have aided attacks on US ships -- Washington Examiner
US general suspects Iran role in Houthi attacks on US ships -- The Times of Israel/AFP
US General thinks Iran is behind the missile attacks on US Navy near Yemen -- Business Insider

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