Tehran provoking war, Yemen complains to UN

Children sitting on the window sill of their house, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. (Reuters)
Updated 20 February 2017
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Tehran provoking war, Yemen complains to UN

ADEN: The Yemeni government on Saturday filed a complaint with the UN over Iran’s continuous incitement of war and attacking of neighboring countries.
Ambassador Khaled Al-Yamani, Yemen’s permanent representative to the UN, said Iran is continuing to incite war in Yemen and conflict in corridors of the southern Red Sea and the strategic Bab Al-Mandab.
In a letter sent by his country’s legitimate government to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the ambassador said Iran continues to fund Houthis in Yemen. Iran, he added, supports Houthi groups militarily and strategically through funding, training of fighters, and provision of shipments of weapons and ammunition, a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
The complaint, which was published on Sunday by the Yemeni Press Agency, also reveals that shipments containing smuggled Iranian weapons have been intercepted on several occasions by member countries and joint naval forces.
Meanwhile, Houthis sent 7,000 Yemeni students on scholarships to Qom, Iran, to study. But the Yemeni Ministry of Education, belonging to the legitimate government, stopped the efforts and said it will not accept any foreign curriculum contradictory to the nature and creed of Yemeni society, said Abdullah Lamlas, Yemen’s minister of education.
Lamlas said the government will amend the education curriculum changed by the Houthis.
The Yemeni education curriculum is one of several major challenges faced by the government. Education is considered one of the most important means to establish a new Yemen under the legitimate government following the coup carried out by the Houthis and the ousted Saleh supporters.
The circumstances created by the coup militias created a deep rift in the educational infrastructure at the physical and intellectual levels, notably the changes to the curriculum, and the introduction of sectarian and revolutionary tendencies.
In regards to Iran’s military support of the rebels, the commander of the Houthi coup militias, Abdul-Malek Al-Houthi, said in a televised speech on Feb. 10 that his group has begun manufacturing spy planes. The letter to the UN from Yemen’s legitimate government argues that this proves the extent of Iran’s involvement in the supplying of weapons and expertise to the Houthis. In turn, such support is only contributing to extending the war and obstructing peace.
Al-Yamani also said that Houthi militias are still receiving training from elements linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, namely Hezbollah, on how to use modern weapons looted from Yemeni armed forces’ warehouses, as well as Iranian weapons.
“Houthi and Saleh coup militias have launched ballistic missiles in an indiscriminate and irresponsible manner targeting the border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has resulted in hundreds of injuries and destruction of infrastructure, including schools and hospitals,” the letter stated.
The ambassador said the Qaher-1 and Zelzal-3 ballistic missiles used in such attacks were manufactured in Iran, as determined by the committee of experts on Yemen. Houthi militias have also attacked ships passing through the southern Red Sea area in a manner similar to the mechanisms and tactics used by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz.


Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone

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Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a US drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal. The US military declined to immediately comment.
The reported shootdown of the RQ-4 Global Hawk comes after the US military previously alleged Iran fired a missile at another drone last week that responded to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The US blames Iran for the attack on the ships, which Tehran denies.
The attacks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the US and Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.
Iran recently has quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium and threatened to boost its enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels, trying to pressure Europe for new terms to the 2015 deal.
In recent weeks, the US has sped an aircraft carrier to the Mideast and deployed additional troops to the tens of thousands already in the region. Mysterious attacks also have targeted oil tankers as Iranian-allied Houthi rebels launched bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia.
All this has raised fears that a miscalculation or further rise in tensions could push the US and Iran into an open conflict, some 40 years after Tehran’s Islamic Revolution.
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it shot down the drone Thursday morning when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province. Kouhmobarak is some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) southeast of Tehran and is close to the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, citing the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk.
Capt. Bill Urban, a US Central Command spokesman, declined to comment when asked if an American drone was shot down.
However, he told The Associated Press: “There was no drone over Iranian territory.”