Military Capabilities

US intel report confirms Yemeni UAV threat to UAE

30 January 2019

The Worldwide Threat Assessment released by US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats on 29 January stated that Yemeni rebels have Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that threaten the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Iran continues to provide support that enables Houthi attacks against shipping near the Bab al-Mandab strait and land-based targets inside Saudi Arabia and the UAE using ballistic missiles and UAVs,” the 29 January statement said, using the popular name for Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group.

It added that the rebels “believe they can use external attacks to threaten Saudi Arabia and the UAE [to] undercut Saudi and UAE public support for the conflict and draw international condemnation of the [Saudi-led] coalition’s intervention in Yemen”.

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