Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Early Sunday evening a Russian variant SCUD ballistic missile known as a Borkan-1 reportedly struck a Saudi Arabian military outpost 40 kilometers from the densely populated capital city of Riyadh. Shortly after the missile’s impact, the Yemen-based Shia rebel alliance known as the Houthis claimed that they had in fact launched a successful “revenge” strike into Saudi Arabia, “in retaliation to the enemy American puppet that is Saudi Arabia’s continuous bloodshed and besiegement of the Yemeni people.” They did make it very clear to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its allies that Riyadh is now well within reach of its Borkan-1 SCUD missiles. Saudi Arabian officials have remained silent on the strike neither confirming nor denying that a missile struck occurred.
Proxies gonna proxy
Yemen’s Houthi rebel group’s SCUD missile strikes are not a new development. In the late fall of 2016, Houthi forces targeted Saudi-led coalition forces along the Bab el-Mandeb strait in the Red Sea which included a U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason. Then another missile strike followed in December on an Saudi coalition army base where dozens of coalition troops were killed to include two senior commanders with the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates special forces. In this latest missile strike, a Houthi rebel spokesperson stated that the Borkan-1 did not have a warhead attached to it and that this was basically a show of force stating that the launch was a, “successful test-fire on a precision long-distance ballistic missile.” The spokesperson went on, “We stress that the capital of [expletive] Saudi Arabia is now in the range of our missiles and, God willing, what is coming will be greater.”
“Yemen is nothing new,” said adventure journalist and author of “The World’s Most Dangerous Places,” Robert Young Pelton in an interview with SOFREP. When SOFREP asked where the Yemen-based rebel group could have acquired the Borkan-1 SCUD variant. Mr. Pelton stated that: “Yemen has a stockpile of missiles but they have done a very accurate job of hitting the right place at the right time.” When asked where the predominantly Shia Houthi rebel groups could have gotten the skills to increase their accuracy, Mr. Pelton was quick to say; “That can only be Iranian provided intel and advisory skills.” Mr. Pelton went on “Russia and Iran are now playing our [United States] 80’s game in Afghanistan (by supporting the Taliban) and in the Middle East. Don’t forget. We started it. They know we have had plans to attack them since 2003 (and earlier) and they want to shape the battlefield.” Mr. Pelton feels that Iran is using the Houthi rebels as a proxy to conduct a secret war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf States and Western allies. “Iran is trying to scare the US into realizing that they can reach out and touch us anytime they want. Just ask folks about the Beirut barracks bombing.”
A state of emergency was announced today in Saudi Arabia yet the government is refusing to confirm whether or not the declaration is a direct result of a SCUD missile strike near Riyadh. saying rather that the sound of the explosion was that of a meteor or and earthquake. This latest missile launched from the Houthi rebels deep into Saudi Arabia has the potential of increasing the violence in the region to a global problem. The world waits as the international community begins to sift through the chaff and desperately hopes to formulate a peaceful outcome to this primed powder keg.
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