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Jemen: Iran stattet schiitische Huthi-Milizen mit Waffen aus

iran_weapons_houthis„A British research group has suggested that arms shipments that were intercepted en route to Houthi rebels in Yemen this year were likely sent with the complicity of the Iranian regime, Reuters reported Tuesday. A report recently released by Conflict Armament Research found that two of the three smuggling ships seized by Western navies in the Arabian Sea, which contained arms matching those taken from Houthi insurgents, were manufactured by the Iranian shipbuilding company Al Mansoor. According to state records, Al Mansoor is located next to a base of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). ‚Since 2012, Al Mansoor dhows have been involved in multiple cases of trafficking in heroin, cannabis, and more recently, weapons,‘ the report noted. ‚Analysis of the weapons suggests that at least two of the three deliveries were probably supplied with the complicity of Iranian security forces.‘

The serial numbers on several of the arms shipments were sequential, suggesting that they came from a national stockpile, according to the report. The lot numbers of anti-tank weapons found aboard one of the intercepted boats also matched the production run of similar weapons that United Arab Emirate forces said they captured from the Houthis. (…) ‚CAR’s analysis of the seized materiel … suggests the existence of a weapon pipeline extending from Iran to Somalia and Yemen, which involves the transfer, by dhow, of significant quantities of Iranian-manufactured weapons and weapons that plausibly derive from Iranian stockpiles,‘ the report noted.‘ This report provides evidence suggesting Iran is playing a hand in supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen,‘ said Jonah Leff, director of operations for the arms research group.“ (Bericht auf „British Researchers Find Evidence of Iranian ‚Weapon Pipeline‘ to Yemen, Somalia“)

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