Iranian-backed Yemeni terror group declares war on Israel

November 2, 2023

Breitbart reported that an Iranian-backed Yemeni terror group announced this week it is declaring war on Israel. 

Ansar Allah is a Shiite jihadist organization more commonly known as the Houthis, and on Monday it took responsibility for a "large number of ballistic and cruise missiles" that have been fired in recent days.

U.S. Navy shot down Houthi missiles

The Houthis have hitherto been a major force in Yemen's brutal civil war and managed to take control of the nation's capital in 2014.

The Brookings Institute noted that the Houthis arose out of Yemen's mountainous northern area bearing the slogan, "Allah is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam."

Fox News reported on October 19 that the U.S. Navy used a guided missile destroyer operating in the Red Sea to intercept three three land attack cruise missiles and several drones fired from Yemen.

"This action was a demonstration of the integrated air and missile defense architecture that we have built in the Middle East and that we are prepared to utilize whenever necessary to protect our partners and our interests in this important region," Department of Defense spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryde was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported on Wednesday that Israel deployed missile boats in the Red Sea to counter additional Houthi attacks.

Biden administration criticized for removing terror designation

Fox News pointed out late last month that many Middle East security experts have been highly critical of the Biden administration's decision to lift the Houthi's classification as a terrorist group.

One of them is Behnam Ben Taleblu, who serves as a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank and lobbying group based in Washington, D.C.

"In word and in deed, the Houthis in Yemen are proving to the world their connectivity to Iran’s axis of resistance and why they should have remained on the U.S. terror list," Taleblu was quoted as saying.

"Pulling punches and failing to hold Iran and its proxies to account, even diplomatically, shows you how far things have devolved," he added.

Iran is flexing its muscles

Lisa Daftar is editor-in-chief of The Foreign Desk, and she told Fox News that Houthi aggression stems from the Biden administration's policy on Iran.

"Outside Iran, the regime has invested in its proxies and insurgencies throughout the region in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Gaza, effectively spreading its Shia brand while at the same time surrounding Israel," Daftar said.

"It’s no wonder that now following Hamas’s October 7 surprise massacre attack on Israel, Iran’s regime had its proxies ready with weapons turned both toward Israel and toward U.S. assets in those respective countries," she stressed.

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