US eyes Iran-Houthi ties

The Saudis say Tehran’s strategy in Yemen follows Iran’s pattern of interference in other countries.

Houthi-IRGC ties on Washington’s radar again

Iman Zayat

The United States has imposed new sanctions on officials of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reflecting growing concern in Washington over ties between the Iranian paramilitary organisation and Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The US Treasury Department released a statement on May 22 saying five Iranians had acted to enable Houthi rebels to launch missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. “The United States will not tolerate Iranian support for Houthi rebels who are attacking our close partner, Saudi Arabia,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

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