Houthis

Status:
High Alert – Entity affiliated with Designated / Sanctioned / Illicit entities

Info:
The Houthi movement (officially called Ansar Allah or “Supporters of God”), is an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa’dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. They are of the Zaidi sect, and are predominantly Zaidi-Shia-led, though the movement reportedly also includes Sunnis.

The Houthi movement attracts its Zaidi-Shia followers in Yemen by promoting regional political-religious issues in its media, including the overarching US-Israeli conspiracy and Arab “collusion”. In 2003, the Houthis’ slogan “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam”, became the group’s trademark;

According to commander of US 5th Fleet Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, Iran continues to play a role in the conflict in Yemen by providing Houthi militias with ballistic missiles and weapons;

Stearney said that Tehran’s support for the Houthis enabled them to threaten the shipping and international trade route through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait;

Iran continues to develop advanced ballistic missile capability and transfer them to the Houthis and Hezbollah, which will allow them to further destabilize the areas of the region that is in their malign interests;

A senior Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps officer became the first top official to confirm it is helping Yemen’s Houthi rebels fire rockets at Saudi Arabia’s oil interests;

Iran-allied Houthi militias in Yemen sent several of its hardline clerics to the West coast and Hodeidah provinces, hoping that religious fatwas issued by them will aid in recruiting more Yemenis to fight among coup ranks;

The brigades are a part of the Iraqi paramilitary forces known as the Popular Mobilisation Units that include the Badr Organisation and Katab Hezbollah as well as several others that were largely armed, funded and trained by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps to fight against ISIS in Iraq;

Tehran says it supports the Houthis politically but denies arming the rebels, despite the investigations by the United States and United Nations showing that weapons and missiles used by the rebels originated in Iran;

Also Known As:
Ansar Allah

Established:
1994

Country:
Yemen

Person of interests:
Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi

Reason for the color:
» IRGC officer confirms helping Houthis fire rockets at Saudis;
» Iranian support gave Houthi rebels resources to wage war in Yemen;
» Houthis in Yemen force inmates to perform Iranian chants;
» Iran is the force behind the Houthis;
» Iranian regime is arming the Houthis;

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