Houthis trained and armed by the regime in Tehran are seen here chanting the typical death threats to the U.S. and Israel.
Though it is repeatedly claimed that the Houthis remain fiercely independent of the Khomeiniist influence, the fact that they have needed and sought out Tehran’s backing more and more for over a decade, is undeniable.
The Tehran-Houthi connection goes back to the early/mid-2000’s, to the hostilities between the Houthis and the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh who was killed earlier this week. Saleh, who had the support of the Saudi government which was critically aware of Iran’s intention to foment serious unrest in and around Saudi Arabia, confronted Houthis in a number of military campaigns.
Tehran’s officials then began providing training, financing, arming and offering expertise for the Houthi at camps in Lebanon run by Hezbollah and in Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds. The Houthis then began to readily mimic Hezbollah as mentors and and effectively countered both Saleh.
On November 4th, the Yemeni rebels fired an Iranian-made ballistic missile, targeting the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The following week, U.S. Lieutenant General Jeffrey Harrigian, who oversees the Air Forces Central Command in Qatar, confirmed that the missile had “Iranian markings,” though typically, Tehran’s regime denied it