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  • US.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he plans to designate Yemen's Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization.

  • The Houthis are the de facto authority in northern Yemen, and aid agencies have to work with them to deliver assistance.

  • But diplomats and aid groups say the Trump Administration's decision to blacklist the Iran backed group could block the flow of aid to combat the world's largest humanitarian crisis, a famine that top U N officials say effects millions of people.

  • It could also threaten regional peace talks.

  • The U.

  • N has been trying to revive to end the war between a Saudi Arabia led military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 fighting alongside government forces against the Hootie's.

  • The Trump administration has been piling on sanctions related to Iran in recent weeks, which some analysts say is a push to make it harder for the incoming Biden administration to re engage with Iran and rejoin an international nuclear agreement.

  • A former U.

  • S.

  • Ambassador to the Middle East, Ryan Crocker, warned that the Hootie's are an integral part of Yemeni society and criticized the plan.

  • This move serves no interest at all.

  • This is making a strategic enemy out of a local force that has been part of Yemen for generations.

  • They are not Iranian ponds.


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