In response to the Islamist group’s extremism, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially designated the Houthis a terrorist organization. However, the Biden administration quickly reversed that decision.
Now, a Houthi missile attack has reportedly killed dozens of Yemenis, including women and children, at a school in Marib province.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Trump administration designated the Houthis, also known as Ansarallah, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under the leadership of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Biden administration quickly reversed the terrorist designation after taking over earlier this year.
“These designations will provide additional tools to confront terrorist activity and terrorism by Ansarallah, a deadly Iran-backed militia group in the Gulf region,” Pompeo said in a statement at the time. “The designations are intended to hold Ansarallah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping.”
Pompeo had said that if the Houthis did not behave like a terrorist organization that they would not be designated as a terrorist organization.
Less than one month after taking office, the Biden administration rescinded Pompeo’s designation.
“Biden’s administration is moving to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist group, citing the need to mitigate one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters,” the Associated Press reported on February 5. “A State Department official confirmed the move Friday after members of Congress were notified of the administration’s plans. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the removal changed nothing about the Biden administration’s views of the Houthis, who have targeted civilians and kidnapped Americans.”
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