According to emerging reports from Yemen, a surface-to-surface missile fired by the Yemeni Army has hit Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
The missile was launched on Sunday evening, and sources in Yemen have described the missile test as successful. It is unclear exactly what missile was used, and casualty figures, if any, are yet to be reported.
Saudi Arabia militarily intervened in the Yemeni Conflict in 2015, leading a coalition of almost 10 Middle Eastern countries. In October 2016, a Yemeni activist warned that Riyadh was the next target for a Yemeni missile attack.
Update 1: More information has emerged, suggesting that the missile was a variant of a Russian Scud, known as the “Borkan” surface-to-surface missile.
Update 2: Sources indicate that the missile struck a military base West of Riyadh, in Mazahimiyah.
Update 3: On social media, a Saudi attempts to cover-up the attack, saying that the sound of the explosion in Riyadh was an earthquake or meteor.
Update 4: Co-Founder of Mona Relief, a Yemeni charity, Dr. RS Karim, has reported that his contacts in Riyadh told him that a state of emergency has been declared.
OK, the Yemen military appears to be blamed for this attack.
But who, in the Middle East, has some variation on the “Borkan” surface-to-surface missile?!"?
We need to be very, very careful about to whom we ascribe the blame in this attack.
The Houthi rebels are not precisely supported by people who have a lot of money to spend on this kind of technology, which means that most likely, Iran is going to be blamed for this attack.
Remember on Friday, when I mentioned on this blog, that something needed to happen, to "justify" the US military's further involvement in Yemen?!?
Unfortunately, that appeared to have just happened. Whether it was direct Israeli or American involvement here, in order to escalate the situation in Yemen, I do not know, but one thing I do intuit, is that something wicked this way comes, in terms of more intense US military action against Yemen.
I hope to heck I am mistaken, but given the intensity of the American "deep state" wish to regime change Tehran, I do not think that I am.