U.S. puts Yemen's Houthi rebels back on global terrorist list
The latest: Hours later, U.S. military officials said American forces conducted strikes on 14 Iran-backed Houthi missiles "that were loaded to be fired" from Yemen.
The big picture: The reinstating of the designation follows U.S. military intervention in the region as the Iran-backed Houthi rebels continue their attacks on vessels, hampering international shipping routes and supply chains.
- That's despite the Biden administration launching an international coalition of countries aimed at deterring the rebel group, which said it began the attacks in October in protest against the Israel-Hamas war.
- The attacks have fueled concerns that tensions heightened by the war could boil over into a larger regional conflict.
Flashback: Shortly after taking office, President Biden removed the Trump administration's designation of the Houthi rebels as terrorists, arguing it hampered humanitarian assistance to people in Yemen.
Yes, but: The Biden administration stopped short of adding the Houthis back on the "foreign terrorism organization" list. A U.S. official said the administration believes the "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" designation is the "appropriate tool at this moment."
- A missile fired by the Houthis struck a U.S.-owned ship near the coast of Yemen.
Of note: On Tuesday, U.S. Navy SEALs seized a cache of Iranian-supplied missile parts and other weaponry bound for the rebel group.
Editor's note: This story and headline have been corrected to reflect the U.S. government redesignated the Houthi rebel group as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" (not a Foreign Terrorist Organization). The story has also been updated with details of the designation and the latest round of U.S. strikes on Houthi targets.