Iran denies ‘military adviser’ killed in Yemen

Iran’s foreign ministry has denied that any member of the Iranian forces or an Iranian citizen was killed in Yemen. The denial is interesting because there wasn’t a lot of attention given to this story, so questions arise as to why Iran would deny something that no one else knew. Iran may be trying to get ahead of history. However, by denying it, Iran can give it credit.

According to Tasnim’s report, spokesman for Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Khatibadeh denied that “an Iranian citizen was killed in Yemen and stressed that there was no Iranian military adviser in Yemen to bomb the aggressors “. Why would he insist that there were no military advisers? Who accuses Iran of sending military advisers? Tehran has firmly denied having any connection to the July 29 attack on MT Mercer Street, an oil tanker attacked by drones off the coast of Yemen. The drones may have flown from Iran or Yemen. Iran sent drones and missiles to the Houthis in Yemen. This means that Iranian advisers, linked to the IRGC, are likely in Yemen.
Mercer Street, an Israeli-run tanker that was attacked is seen off the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on August 3, 2021. (REUTERS / RULA ROUHANA)

Iran wants to ignore this fact. The Foreign Ministry spokesman added: “Such baseless statements do not change the reality of the Yemeni scene regarding the self-proclaimed coalition’s cowardly attacks on the oppressed people of Yemen and its steadfastness in the face of the ‘aggression”. According to Tasnim, Khatibzadeh added, “Unfortunately, we see people who consider themselves Yemenis encouraging and accompanying the aggressors in the oppression caused by the siege and the war against the people”.

Indeed, Iran maintains that Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen in 2015 to help the Yemeni government fight the Houthi rebels caused suffering. Iran has increased its support for the Houthis since 2015, providing long-range missiles and drone technology.

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