IRANIAN-backed Houthi militants are desperately trying to acquire more weapons needed to ramp up their missile strikes, according to US intelligence.
APHouthi rebels are thought to be preparing for a strike on Western forces in the Red Sea[/caption]
AFPA US-missile destroyer defeating Houthi anti-ship missiles – as tensions in the Middle East escalate[/caption]
APIranian-made missile parts seized by the US earlier this month[/caption]
The intel revealed that the rebels have been carefully curating their plan of attack – pinpointing when the strikes would be ramped up and how they would gather the necessary weapons.
There are concerns that the militants will be receiving even more lethal weapons from Tehran in the weeks to come.
Iran has historically backed the Houthis, providing them with all they require in terms of weapons, training and funding.
This month, US Navy Seals were able to seize one weapons shipment from Iran to the Houthis – intercepting a small boat filled with ballistic and anti-ship missiles.
Intelligence has revealed that shipments of weapons from Iran would easily replace the ones that the Houthis have lost in recent US strikes.
“If you look at the situation throughout the region, throughout the Middle East, you’ve got the Iranian-backed Houthis, you’ve got Lebanese Hezbollah, you’ve got Hamas themselves trained by Iran,” he said to GB News.
“And it’s a very, very dangerous game for them to be playing.
“We are calling on them, and others who have an interest in the trade that comes through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, to make that message particularly clear to the Iranians.
“No good can come of this and they need to calm and cool the situation in the region.”
Additional strikes from the Houthis are threatening to draw the US and UK even further into the conflict in the Middle East.
“The madness and idiocy of the USA and UK have played against themselves – now their ships will not be able to use one of the key trade arteries in the world,” Bukhaiti said to Russian paper Izvestia.
“The war we are waging today is one of a kind in terms of its moral and ethical frontier.
“The whole world sympathises with Yemen’s heroic stand to end the genocide of the Palestinian people.
Although, some experts have suggested that Iran’s support for rebel militias in the region is actually an attempt to exploit the current crisis in order to rid the Middle East of US troops.
Behnam Ben Taleblu, from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said: “In addition to putting pressure on America to end Israel’s war against Hamas, Iran also has a more localized logic at play.
“It is trying to create a cycle of violence that leads to the eviction of U.S. forces from the region, beginning with Iraq.”
The base, home to American forces in western Iraq, came under fire from multiple ballistic missiles and rockets at 6.30 pm (Baghdad time), the US Central Command said in a statement posted to X.
It added: “Most of the missiles were intercepted by the base’s air defence systems while others impacted on the base.
“Damage assessments are ongoing.
“A number of U.S. personnel are undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries.
“At least one Iraqi service member was wounded.”
APThe Houthi rebels claim that their attacks are in support of Palestinians[/caption]
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