Reuters has reported that the United States is increasingly concerned about supposed training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where they continue to make territorial gains in Saudi Arabia despite airstrikes its neighbor.

U.S. officials concluded without providing evidence that the IRGC are providing training and equipment to the Houthis.

The U.S. officials in question spoke in anonymity.

Saudi Arabia also expressed its view that not only Iran, but also Hezbollah, are providing training and arms to the Houthis.

“We see … Iran playing a large role in supporting the Houthis,” Saudi ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir told reporters on Thursday.

“There are Iranian advisers advising them and Hezbollah operatives advising them,” Jubeir said.

Asked about Jubeir’s accusations on Friday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters: “We’ve expressed our previous concerns about the destabilizing impact that Iran is having on this particular situation. We continue to have those concerns.”

A Houthi official told Reuters on Thursday that the group was prepared to confront the Saudi-led airstrikes without calling on Iran’s help.

“The Yemeni people are prepared to face this aggression without any foreign interference,” said Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a Houthi politburo official.

The Saudis “cannot accept the idea of an Iranian-backed regime in control of Yemen, which is why they felt compelled to intervene the way they have,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday during a visit to Washington.

“It’s no secret,” he said, that the Iranians “are providing assistance and support to the Houthis, both political as well as militarily, as well as economic.”

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“The first thing the Houthis did when they entered and occupied Sanaa was to free Iranian Revolutionary Guards operatives and Hezbollah operatives from the jails,” he said.

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ChristianUSA
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ChristianUSA
2016-08-26 22:30

If IRGC and Hezbollah are responsible for making the Houthis such good fighters then maybe the Saudis should have spent some of their billions of $ contracting them to train their pathetic army.

Abdirisaq Qunbe
Abdirisaq Qunbe
2016-08-26 22:26

Yemen shite and Sunni people are united to re-establish the democratic institutions of Yemen once the Saudis leave Yemen. It was Saudi strategy to divide Yemen people into Shites and Sunnis that has failed to function. Iranian involement was also exaturated by the Saudis.

German
German
2016-08-27 01:18

In Syria similar. Sunnis are not Wahhabis! Saudi Arabia should stop its world wide terror! In Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Bosnia, Chechnya, France, Belgium etc. Stop spreading wahhabi hate preachers in all over the world.

al44444
al44444
2016-08-28 06:35
Reply to  German

German ,,,,right on

Proud Yemeni Hadrami
Proud Yemeni Hadrami
2016-08-26 21:56

LOL Yemen has been under draconian siege, by air , sea n land 4 17mnths. Reuters quoting an anonymous US official ????

goingbrokes
goingbrokes
2016-08-27 02:37

I agree, Iranian advisors have had a devastating impact on this war. They told the Houthis “shoot at the Saudis and they will run!” And that was all they needed to hear!

Abid Sayed
Abid Sayed
2016-08-26 22:45

and the us and the western governments are supplying high tech weapons to the Saudi regime!!!!

Jonathan Richer
Jonathan Richer
2016-08-26 23:35
Reply to  Abid Sayed

Well they have been since before this started… Obama won’t declassify the 9/11 pages about the Saudi’s or it would be over for them

al44444
al44444
2016-08-28 06:38

Saudi’s ,for sure were behind 911 ,,they are our real enemy

ChristianUSA
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ChristianUSA
2016-08-27 00:12
Reply to  Abid Sayed

Apparently that doesn’t count. It’s okay to supply an invading army with weapons including cluster bombs but then cry about the barbaric use of cluster bombs in Syria.
I am really ashamed of my govt.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 08:46
Reply to  ChristianUSA

Cluster bomb treaty has nothing to see with the fact the ones are barbaric but just because there are sub-munitions left without exploding, worst of all, the US made ones look like toys with nice fluo-pink or fluo-yellow collors and if manipulated, blow easily, to, just like anti-personnal mines, they are an ugly problem even long years after a war is over. Neither KSA nor the US or Russia have signed this treaty so they have the perfect right to use cluster bombs. The russian cluster bombs with bigger submunitions in metal casing really seem to be an improvement as… Read more »

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2016-08-28 01:07
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

According to Southfront (an excellent website) the Russians are finally starting to build conventional bombs with a proximity fuse that blows up in the air not the ground so it’s possible that the Russians might abandon Cluster bombs. A 200lb bomb blowing up in the air doesn’t have the unexploded ordnance problem that you described.

I was surprised that the Russians didn’t already have proximity fuse, I don’t know what the U.S. has.

andy
andy
2016-08-27 17:04
Reply to  ChristianUSA

Christian USA,u doesn’t need to feel shy,because American people never even harm to animal,but ur politicians are devil animal and killer cow boys,it is good news that China n Putin united now in this war so they will take care of this devil’s human killers

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 09:38
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“and the us and the western governments are supplying high tech weapons to the Saudi regime!!!!” China or Russia sell hi-tech weapons to anyone who can pay, Iran does it too now, as they’ve built a weapon industry by reverse engineering mostly US weapons, Turkey is now a serious actor on weapons market too… And well, high-tech weapons are not always the best way to go : they’d be very good and efficient to fight a peer BUT are too costly in the case of asymmetric threat using military+terrorist+guerilla tactics. Just consider the Vietnam case : don’t think the US… Read more »

al44444
al44444
2016-08-28 06:37
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Abid Sayed ,,,,,right on ,,and good to see you said governments ,,its not the people

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Dr. James Padgett
2016-08-26 23:21

On to Riyadh dear Houthis – Make some of those evil porky rulers slaves – working 10 hours a day in the hot son. Jubier is as feminine as Angela Jolie….super wuss.

Stuart Simpson
Stuart Simpson
2016-08-26 23:16

at least Iran is on the right side of history.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 00:01

And what about the USA supporting Saudi-Arabia although KSA is implied in the WTC affair??? Although KSA practices APARTHEID, not on ethnical grounds but on sexual grounds against the half of its popullation : women?
There should be SERIOUS sanctions against KSA of the same kind that the measures that were used against South-Africa when apartheid was in place!
This regime is simply the WORST dictature on Earth!

Muhd Muhammad
Muhd Muhammad
2016-08-27 00:20

then what is the business of Yankees in Yemen supporting agressors in killing Yemenis

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 08:53
Reply to  Muhd Muhammad

Funny fact : DIA, before saudis started their s**t, supported the Houthis in fighting AQAT! No idea about the actual status. DIA very often, if not always, differs from DoS/CIA about their goals as they don’t look for political biases etc but for a pragmatic action in order to protect the USA from their enemies… It’s very funny to hear Houthis barking death to USA, death to Israel as they were backed by DIA and maybe even Mossad until all the jews in the country were extrafiltrated from the saudi intervention began.

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ChristianUSA
2016-08-28 01:01
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None. Stupidity, arrogance, [repeat previous two words 100 times].

The ONLY good thing we can do now would be to negotiate Saudi Arabia’s surrender. Help the KSA disguise reparations as aid but I don’t think the morons in my country understand that.

Abdirahman Mohamed
Abdirahman Mohamed
2016-08-27 00:20

The people of Yemen want to be free of Saudi hegemony. Please Yemenis go and fight inside unjust kingdom.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 08:55

I bet many saudis would love to get rid from the al-Saoud family dictature, but clearly not to replace them by al-Qaeda who are even worst than them. 😉

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2016-08-28 03:41
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Theyre literally the same c**p. Surely theres no difference

Peter Voshefski
Peter Voshefski
2016-08-27 03:00

oral cancer in waiting for guys in pic…

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ChristianUSA
2016-08-28 00:59

I don’ think so. They are probably chewing Ghat, an Amphetamine (speed).

Don’t mess with the Yemenis / Houthis, they know how to fight. We in the U.S. should have tried to be their friends now we made them our enemies. I am furious at the fools we have in Congress and the State Dept.

Serdat Suriya
Serdat Suriya
2016-08-27 07:22

they Support them with sandales and Tanks, Oh my fault, huthi need nothing,they get all for Free from fleeing Saudis ????????????????????

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 09:01
Reply to  Serdat Suriya

Free sandals? Yeah, cool.
Well, sandals can be interesting if you carry tent pegs : if you walk on a mine, it’ll be easier to keep you sandal on then nail the sandal on the ground using the tent pegs…

SLAVONAC
SLAVONAC
2016-08-27 09:15

It is their freedom to accept help from their friends, USA, UK and others sided up with SA. Now shut the f**k up and fight, finish what you started (if it wasn’t for the lack of Cojones)

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-27 10:17

Official : Houthis have launched a ballistic missile against ARAMCO facilities :
https://twitter.com/don201020130/status/768982625562361861
Well, it’s not Houthi rebels for me : again, modifying old SAMs into ballistic missiles is not amateur job and spoiling the economics of the enemy too. Rebel fighters in sandals are nothing else than a public relation bias, in fact, KSA faces the yemeni army…

Simon Greate
Simon Greate
2016-08-27 12:03

AND US SUPPORTING TERRORISTES