On Thursday, Nov. 11th, the Yemeni media outlet Al-Masdar Online reported that Houthi jihadis in Yemen, which are backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, stormed our embassy in Sana’a, seizing “large quantities of equipment and materials.” The raid comes after the Houthis kidnapped three Yemeni nationals affiliated with the U.S. Embassy from one of the employee’s private residences in Sana’a on November 5th.
MEMRI An unidentified “source close to the victims’ families” identified the employees to Al-Masdar Online as follows:
- Abdul Mueen ‘Azan, a former embassy employee who worked as a coordinator for the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
- Jameel Isma’il, the embassy’s economic officer
- Hisham Al-Wazir, a USAID employee
PJ Media – Robert Spencer Three weeks earlier, the Houthis also kidnapped 22 other unidentified embassy employees, according to Al-Masdar Online, “most of whom worked on the security staff guarding the embassy grounds.”
A State Department spokesman confirmed the Yemeni report, saying: “The United States has been unceasing in its diplomatic efforts to secure their release. The majority of the detained have been released, but the Houthis continue to detain additional Yemeni employees of the embassy.” They are being “detained without explanation and we call for their immediate release.” The U.S., the spokesman continued, is “concerned about the breach of the compound” and is calling “on the Houthis to immediately vacate it and return all seized property.”
Yeah, I’ll bet the Houthis are shaking with fear now.
The Biden team, said the State wonk, “will continue its diplomatic efforts to secure the release of our staff and the vacating of our compound, including through our international partners.” That’ll show ‘em.
Yet when Donald Trump had the Houthis designated as foreign terrorists, the Leftist political and media establishment was outraged. No fewer than twenty-two aid groups that were operating in Yemen demanded that the designation be revoked “immediately,” and when his handlers gained control of the presidency, Old Joe Biden did just that.
Trump was right again. If any group deserves to be considered foreign terrorists, it’s the Houthis.
Nevertheless, in September the Biden administration quietly removed an advanced missile defense system from Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that the Saudis are suffering ongoing air attacks from the Houthis in Yemen.
The removal of the missile defense system was obviously another attempt to appease the mullahs in Tehran, who so far have not been moved by Biden’s handlers’ many overtures to soften their harsh anti-American rhetoric.