A gang of Iranian-backed radicals removed from the official Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list by President Biden allegedly initiated strikes against Saudi Arabia.
As reported by Reuters, “the Saudi-led alliance said early Sunday morning that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched four assaults in the kingdom, causing damage to civilian cars and residences, but no deaths.”
“According to the Saudi official news agency (SPA), one strike hit a desalination plant in Al-Shaqeeq, an Aramco factory in Jizan, a generating station in Dhahran al Janub, and a gas infrastructure in Khamis Mushait.”
Remember #AnsarAllah never kidding w anyone !
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Reversing Trump’s Stance
According to the Saudi-led coalition, the new strike used missile systems, UAVs, and cruise missiles. They said they were watching drones doing bad things and they stopped a missile that would hit people.
Under former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s guidance, the Trump administration recognized the Houthis, also referred to as Ansarallah, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).
After assuming office in early 2021, the Biden administration promptly rescinded the terrorist label.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the primary justification for the Trump administration’s decision to label the Houthis as terrorists is they have committed numerous acts of terrorism.
Meanwhile, the primary criticism leveled at the Biden administration for reversing that judgment is straightforward: the Houthis have long engaged in, and continue to engage in, acts of terror.
They should be declared an FTO simply because they are an FTO.
“These designations will give us more tools to counter terrorist activity and terrorism perpetrated by Ansarallah, a lethal Iran-backed militia organization operating in the Gulf area,” Pompeo stated.
“The designations aim to hold Ansarallah responsible for its terrorist actions, including cross-border strikes posing a threat to noncombatants, infrastructure, and commercial ships.”
Justifications by the Biden Administration
Pompeo previously stated if the Houthis did not conduct themselves in a terrorist organization-like manner, they would not be branded as such.
We need only look at the Houthis’ cruel attack on the civilian airport in Aden on December 30.
They targeted the arrival terminal, murdering 27 people and three International Committee of the Red Cross employees. Yemen’s and Saudi Arabia’s governments, as well as other experts, have said Ansarallah is to blame for this.
Now, US President Joe Biden is considering removing Iran's IRGC from list of Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO)
IRGC has killed 1000s of people
IRGC displayed a Zolfaghar missile marked with the phrase "Israel must be wiped off the map"
Is that what you want? Don't do it Joe pic.twitter.com/G4YrcBl5Xb
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) March 20, 2022
It has waged a ruthless campaign that murdered many people, destabilized the area, and denied Yemenis a peaceful resolution to their country’s crisis.
Rather than distancing itself from Iran’s dictatorship, it has strengthened its acceptance of the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) provided missiles, drones, and training to Ansarallah, enabling the organization to strike airports and other important infrastructure.
Not only did Biden remove the Yemeni Houthis from the terrorist list, but he also stated in 2021 the US would withdraw its backing for Saudi Arabia’s battle against the terrorists.