Iranian originated bomb parts have been seized in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. They have been said to be similar to the ones supplied to the Houthi militia in Yemen.
The bomb parts are said to be similar to those seized in 2013 from a ship off the coast of Yemen. These parts are said to be electrical components for improvised explosive devices (IED) according to Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an organization that tracks smuggled weapons.
It has been confirmed that the cargo vessel was laden with missiles, rockets and ammunition when it was intercepted by both US and Yemeni forces after leaving Iranian waters. UN experts said the regime in Tehran was behind the shipment.
It seems Iran is playing a notorious game and trying to reach into any possible crevasses in Saudi Arabia to proliferate it with its own bomb-making expertise from their cells in Bahrain.
According to CAR, “There is compelling evidence to suggest that the increasing domestic capacity of militant factions to manufacture homemade explosives — and IED more broadly — may extend from Bahrain to nearby regions of Saudi Arabia.”
This information is a result of inferences drawn from CAR researcher studies of IED parts captured from militant groups between 2013 and 2018 in Bahrain and also recorded details from components seized in a raid in Awamiyah in eastern Saudi Arabia in April 2017.
Iran has continued to create dependency of various militias by supplying necessary military know-how. Showing its sense of support, it has supplied the Houthis in Yemen with weapons. It has also been held responsible for supporting militant Shiite cells in Bahrain. As a result, all fingers point towards Iran for destabilizing the Middle East with its support of proxy forces, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and armed factions in Iraq.
It is worth noting that the assembly of sophisticated and state of the art explosives was being done in phases. This justifies the seizure of necessary components that have been put together, closer to the time when the need arose.
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