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Harakat Ansar Allah (Yemen)

Not yet designated terrorist by a Western country
Base of operations: Yemen

Harakat Ansar Allah- more conventionally known as the Houthi movement- is a Zaydi Shi'a insurgent movement in Yemen that originated as a far northern uprising against the Ali Abdullah Saleh government in 2004. Led by one Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, the group has taken advantage of the ever growing chaos since the Arab Spring in 2011 to seize the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September 2014 from the government and has since been pushing ever further south in an alliance with Saleh (who resigned as president in 2012 but was never truly sidelined and retained loyalty within ranks of the Yemeni army), threatening to take the port city of Aden. Considerable debate surrounds the nature of the movement's relationship with Iran, which provides at least some support and has some links. U.S. intelligence assessments have recently affirmed that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps have been training and arming Houthi units.

Harakat Ansar Allah (Yemen): Abd al-Malik al-Houthi
Harakat Ansar Allah (Yemen): Emblem

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