In Yemen, Iran-aligned rebels tighten their grip through fear and intimidation

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthi's Supreme Revolutionary Committee. (The Washington Post) By Sudarsan Raghavan January 3, 2019 When Mohammed Bamuftah arrived at the post office to pick up his salary one day in 2015, he said a rebel fighter stopped him to inspect his ID card. The 55-year-old lawyer was from [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|Yemen|

UN agency accuses Iran-backed Houthis of stealing food aid in Yemen

Yemeni present documents to receive food rations provided by a local charity in Sanaa. (AP) January 1, 2019 The UN's food agency has accused the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen of stealing "from the mouths of hungry people" and diverting food deliveries. Monday's strongly worded statement came after the World Food Program said [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Yemen|

Iran-backed Houthis begin withdrawal from Yemen’s Hodeidah port: UN

People walk past a ship docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen. (Reuters) December 29, 2018 The Houthi militia have begun to withdraw from the port of Hodeidah, the country's key aid lifeline, under an agreement reached in Sweden earlier this month, a UN official said Saturday. The official, who requested anonymity, [...]

By |December 29th, 2018|Yemen|

US: Iran arms Houthis and complicates the Yemeni conflict

Rodney Hunter, expressed to the UN Security Council US regret that the new UN resolution on Yemen did not hold Iran accountable for its actions in the war-torn country. (AP) December 22, 2018 The political coordinator of the US mission to the UN, Rodney Hunter, expressed to the Security Council on Friday his [...]

By |December 22nd, 2018|Yemen|

Yemeni army shoots down Iranian-made Houthi drone in Marib

Several drones have been shot down in recent weeks in different Yemeni fronts. (Supplied) December 19, 2018 The Yemeni army announced on Tuesday that a military drone belonging to the Houthi militias was shot down in the eastern province of Marib. The official website of the Yemeni army, that members of the 25th [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|Yemen|

UN Report: Iran-built weapons found in Yemen

Pieces of an Iranian Qiam Ballistic Missile are displayed after intending to prove Iran violated UNSCR 2231 by providing Houthis with arms. (AFP) December 12, 2018 Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has claimed in a report that Iran-built weapons have been found in Yemen. According to AFP, Guterres's office reports that [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Yemen|

U.S. official says future Yemen should hold no Iranian-backed threat

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom welcomes Yemeni delegates at the opening press conference on U.N.-sponsored peace talks for Yemen in Sweden. (Reuters) December 10, 2018 While fully supporting peace talks among the warring parties in Yemen, the U.S. does not want any Iranian influence to linger on in the country, a State Department [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Yemen|

Iran defense minister acknowledges supporting Houthi militias in Yemen

Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami attends a parliament session to discuss the president's proposed cabinet in Tehran on August 15, 2017. (AFP) December 3, 2018 Iran’s defense minister, Amir Hatami, said his country has been supporting the Houthis in Yemen, but claimed that the support was limited to the “moral side”, while other [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Yemen|

US ambassador to Yemen accuses Iran of stoking regional conflicts

Iran-backed Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride a military vehicle. (AFP) November 30, 2018 The US ambassador to Yemen on Thursday accused Iran of “throwing gasoline on the fire” of conflicts across the Middle East, vowing that America will defend its regional interests and not “shy away when the problems get difficult.” [...]

By |November 30th, 2018|Yemen|

US presents fresh evidence of Iranian military support for Houthis in Yemen

Brian Hook, special representative for Iran, leaves the podium after speaking about the creation of the Iran Action Group at the State Department, in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP) November 29, 2018 Tehran's support for the Houthi militia is a flagrant violation of security in the region, the US special envoy for Iran Brian [...]

By |November 29th, 2018|North America, USA, Yemen|