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U.S. Labels Houthis Terrorists After Attacks on Oil Tankers

  • Iran-backed Houthis have been blamed for Saudi port attacks
  • Trump administration using final days to heap pressure on Iran
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The U.S. has classified Yemen’s Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization following a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Red Sea and as Washington seeks to increase pressure on Iran in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The move will give the U.S. “additional tools” with which to counter security threats in the Persian Gulf, according to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. The Houthis are backed by Iran in Yemen’s civil war and have been blamed for several missile strikes and other attacks on Saudi Arabia.