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Lieutenant General Muhammad bin Ahmed al-Shaalan (Arabic: محمد بن أحمد بن عبدالرحمن الشعلان‎; died June 2015) was a Saudi military officer and commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) from 2014 up until his death in London.[1] Al-Shaalan was initially reported to have died from a heart attack outside the country by the Saudi Ministry of Defense, during the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in the Yemeni civil war. In early June 2015, several Scud missiles were fired by the Houthis from Yemen and hit King Khalid Air Base, which serves as the center of the Saudi bombing campaign against them, and the Shia Houthis militia claimed he was killed in the missile attack.[2][3] Al Shaalan was from a tribal family that spans Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and southern Iraq.[4]

Muhammad Al Shaalan
Native name
محمد الشعلان
Birth nameMuhammad bin Ahmed al-Shaalan
DiedJune 2015
London, United Kingdom
Allegiance Saudi Arabia
Service/branch Royal Saudi Air Force
Rankفريق.png Lieutenant general
Commands heldRoyal Saudi Air Force
Battles/warsSaudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen 


  1. ^ "404 - العربية.نت | الصفحة الرئيسية". Retrieved 14 January 2018.[dead link]
  2. ^ Orkaby, Asher. Doomed: Saudi Arabia Will Fail in Yemen. National Interest. Published 24 June 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  3. ^ "DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security". Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. ^ Karasik, Theodore (18 May 2014). Hagel and the GCC: Partnership and a Saudi military sweep. Al Arabiya. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Fayyadh Al Ruwaili
Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force
Succeeded by
Maj. Gen. Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (acting)