Iran denies that a “military advisor” was killed in Yemen


The Iranian Foreign Ministry has denied that a member of its armed forces or one of its citizens was killed in Yemen. The denial is interesting because not much attention was paid to this story.

The question arises as to why Iran would deny something that no one else knew about. Although Tehran tries to stay ahead of history, it can give it credibility by denying it.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denied that “an Iranian citizen was killed in Yemen and stressed that there was no Iranian military adviser in Yemen to bomb the aggressors,” the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported.

Why should he emphasize that there were no military advisers? Who is accusing Iran of sending military advisers?

Tehran strongly denies having any connection to the July 29 attack on MT Mercer Street, an oil tanker struck by drones off the coast of Yemen that may have flown out of Iran or Yemen.
Mercer Street, an Israel-managed oil tanker that was attacked, is seen outside the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on August 3, 2021. (Photo credit: REUTERS / RULA ROUHANA)

Iran sent drone and missile technology to the Houthis in Yemen. This means that there are likely to be Iranian advisors affiliated with the IRGC in the West Asian country.

Iran wants to gloss over this fact.

“Such unsubstantiated statements do not change the reality of the Yemeni scene regarding the cowardly attacks of the self-appointed coalition against the oppressed people of Yemen and their steadfastness in the face of aggression,” said the Foreign Ministry spokesman.

According to Tasnim, Khatibzadeh also said: “Unfortunately, we see people who call themselves Yemenis encourage and accompany the aggressors to the oppression caused by the siege and the war against the people.”

This is because Iran argues that Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen in 2015 to help the Yemeni government fight the Houthi rebels caused suffering. Iran has since stepped up support for the Houthis by providing long-range missiles and drone technology.

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