U.S. CENTCOM Commander Kenneth McKenzie remarked that “Iran provides weapons, parts and expertise to Huthi forces in Yemen for the purpose of attacking Saudi Arabia. Since January 2021, Iranian-aided Huthi forces have launched more than 150 ballistic missile, LACM [Land-Attack Cruise Missiles] and one-way UAS attacks against military, infrastructure and civilian targets in Saudi Arabia. These attacks have varied in scope and complexity, with UAS detection and interdiction particularly challenging not just for Saudi forces, but also for U.S. and Coalition forces supporting Saudi Arabia’s defence”. McKenzie added that “these small- and medium-sized UAS proliferating across the AOR present a new and complex threat to our forces and those of our partners and allies. For the first time since the Korean War, we are operating without complete air superiority”. He went on to emphasise that “U.S. assistance to the Kingdom focuses on providing information to Saudi Arabia’s armed forces to assist them in thwarting Huthi UAV, ballistic missile, and explosive boat attacks that contravene international law and undermine diplomatic efforts”.
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