US is pushing to stop Iranian funding to Houthis: Brian Hook

The US is pushing to stop Iranian funding to Yemen's Houthis, the special representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Thursday. (File/AFP)
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Updated 11 June 2020

US is pushing to stop Iranian funding to Houthis: Brian Hook

  • Hook said US policy toward Iran has weakened the country
  • He added that the US is happy with the results of the sanctions imposed on Iran

LONDON: The US is pushing to stop Iranian funding to Yemen's Houthis, the special representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Thursday. 

During an interview with Al Arabiya, he added that the US is happy with the results of the sanctions imposed on Iran and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has laid out conditions for negotiations with Iran.

Hook continued by saying that US policy toward Iran has weakened the country and has affected its support for Lebanon’s shiite militia Hezbollah. 

He also said that the US did not want to see a copy of Hezbollah on Saudi Arabia’s border, in reference to the Houthi militia which is backed by Iran.

Hook added that he had seen Iranian weapons provided to the Houthis during a visit to Saudi Arabia.


Jets hit Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base where Turkey may build base

An image grab taken from a video released on July 3, 2020, by the Turkish Defence Ministry shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (C) greeting Libyan officials upon his arrival in Tripoli. (AFP)
Updated 06 July 2020

Jets hit Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base where Turkey may build base

  • Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive with advanced air defenses and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa’s supply lines and troop buildups

BENGHAZI: Warplanes struck overnight at an air base that was recently recaptured by Libya’s internationally recognized government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said.
The strikes were carried out by “unknown aircraft,” the military source with the Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said.
A resident at the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.
Al-Watiya’s recapture in May by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli marked the start of a sudden collapse of the LNA’s 14-month assault to seize the capital and its retreat along the coast to the new frontlines.
Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive with advanced air defenses and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa’s supply lines and troop buildups.
A Turkish source said last month that Turkey was in talks with the GNA to establish two bases in Libya, one of them at Watiya, the most important air base in western Libya.
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was in Tripoli for meetings with the GNA on Friday and Saturday and Akar swore to do all that was necessary to help it, a Turkish Defense Ministry statement said.
Last month, the US said Russia had sent at least 14 MiG29 and Su-24 warplanes to an LNA base via Syria, where their Russian airforce markings were removed.
Turkish involvement in Libya has also angered France and Greece and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has warned of new sanctions on Ankara.
The GNA and LNA are now mobilizing forces at the new frontlines between the cities of Misrata and Sirte.