Meet The Houthis: The Latest in Brutal Islamic Terror Organizations!

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First, it was the Taliban, then came ISIS… Now meet the newest kid on the block in the Middle-Eastern-terror-game: the Houthis!

Over the weekend, the Houthis took control of several areas in Taiz, the third largest city in Yemen. The group now claims to control the airport and has rapidly expanded their seven-month old offensive into the Yemen, thus provocatively moving Yemen closer to the brink of civil war.

Opposing troops, loyal to President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, are based in Aden, about 120 miles southeast of Taiz. While the President’s troops sit and await in a what-comes-next posture, the Houthis are flying in troops and material into the airport that they now control.

An anti Houthi protest in Yemen.

An anti Houthi protest in Yemen.

The last week was a deadly and violent one for Yemen and has led the Al-Qaeda affiliate there, which was already substantial, to become even more of a threat to its enemies as a result of the collapsing political situation.

On Friday, another group, claiming affiliation with ISIS, took responsibility for bombings at a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital city that killed 130 people.

The Houthis, a Shi’ite Muslim group backed by Iran, entered al-Mukha, the southernmost Yemeni port before the Red Sea tapers to its narrowest point, overnight.

Houthi fighters holding weapons ride on the back of a patrol truck in Sanaa

They were accompanied by units from Yemen’s divided military.

Yemen’s neighbors, Gulf Arab Sunni Muslim monarchies, have condemned the Houthi takeover as a coup. Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen appealed on Monday for Gulf Arab military intervention to halt the Houthi advances.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said the Gulf Arab states would take steps to back Hadi and he accused Iran of trying to sow sectarian strife in the region.

Iran calls the Houthi rise a revolution.

Yemeni protesters in Taiz dispersed after Houthis seize city
Residents of Taiz try to stop the advance of Houthi fighters…following their takeover of the central Yemeni city on Sunday. But they’re soon dispersed with the help of security forces.

 

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Leland Ivy grew up in Georgia and Tennessee. He has worked for several members of Congress and most recently worked in 2014 to take back a Southern California Congressional District. Leland has a variety of interests including running, CrossFit, lifting weights, and flying private airplanes.

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