EXCLUSIVE: Houthi leader abandons his fighters and is helped by IRGC to covertly flee to Tehran

May 23, 2018

ISICRC Special Report

Saleh Ali al-Sammad was a Yemeni political figure from the Houthi movement who served as the president of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council until his death on April 19, 2018.

On April 19th, Saudi fighters successfully targeted and killed Saleh Ali al-Sammad, the Yemeni president who also represented the Houthi militia. This attack also successfully served as a warning to Sayyid Abdel-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, founder and leader of his namesake Houthis. A puppet of the Khomeiniist regime, al-Houthi is listed as the number one fugitive on the Saudi terrorist list, with a reward worth millions for information leading to his capture.

The bombing of Al-Sammad was an important moment in the war that is being fought by the Saudis and their allies against the Houthi militia. This transformative stage also shows that this war is amounting to big losses for the Houthi militia and its puppet-masters in Tehran.

Sayyid Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi

Today, the Houthis have lost control of over 70 percent of the land that they had under their control, during the last three years. These losses and the death of Al-Sammad launched a complicated operation to smuggle al-Houthi from Yemen to Iran, for safety.

An Iraqi holds a portrait of Shiite Huthi rebels’ leader in Yemen, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi (right) and Qassem Suleimani (left), the commander of the Quds Force during a demonstration organized by the Khomeiniist regime, against the Saudi-led Arab coalition. (via Daily Mail)

A high level source, who wished to remain anonymous, reports that during the three days when the Houthis fell silent before confirming al-Sammad’s death, the Khomeiniist regime devised and put the plan for the evacuation of al-Houthi, into action. This was rapidly executed via routes through Oman and supervised by Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Forces. The same source also stated that the decision to evacuate al-Houthi came after all parties began to realize that it is just a matter of time before the militia loses. They concealed al-Houthi’s escape plan from other Houthi commanders in order to “keep up their morale, so they do not feel betrayed”.