State Department to review Trump administration’s designation of Houthis as terrorist group

The State Department will look into the January decision to designate the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization in the twilight of the Trump administration.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that designating the Houthis, also known as Ansarallah, as a foreign terrorist organization would give the United States more tools to fight terrorism in the region, although some aid groups condemned the move and argued that it would impede their ability to provide humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. While the designation went into effect a day before President Biden was sworn in, it could soon be reversed.

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