In an interview that was broadcasted on Lebanon’s Murr TV that was translated into English by MEMRI, Ahmed Al Asaad, the chairman of the Lebanese Option Party and a member of the Shiite community, declared: “The Iranian regime still believes that things are like they were in the Middle Ages; it sponsors militias, here, there and everywhere, and these militias exert pressure from within on their countries. In this primitive manner, Iran tries to gain a foothold there.”
Kais, Roi. “Hezbollah faces internal criticism in Lebanon: Senior Lebanese officials say Nasrallah is dragging the country into another war in Israel; ‘Hezbollah has no right to implicate the Lebanese people in a battle with Israel,’ says leader of March 14 Alliance.” Ynet News, January 28, 2015.
Mumford, Andrew. Proxy Warfare. Wiley (2013). (I haven’t read this volume yet, but have read a portion via the Google project that has put book data online. That didn’t show up on the latest search, so it may soon be a volume incoming for the library).
While the mainstream media has focused solely on Hamas and Israel in the current ongoing war, there has been less attention given to the major role that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been playing in ratcheting up the conflict with its military assistance to Hamas fighters, including Iranian-built Fajr 5 and M-75 with ranges of approximately 75 kilometers.
The Houthis are trying to take advantage of Hezbollah’s experience, and the Houthi-affiliated Al-Maseera Channel broadcasts from Beirut’s southern suburbs with technical support from the Lebanese Shiite party. Recently, relations between the two sides have grown deeper. This comes amid repeated accusations from the Yemeni state that Iran is supporting the Houthis, and after the United States put in place new sanctions in August 2013 against some Lebanese who were accused of providing funds to the Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis usually do not deny this strong link with Hezbollah, which is reinforced by common factors between the two sides, such as their presence in the same regional alliance with Iran at the political level. In addition, both groups have armed militias to support their political positions, which they use when necessary. Yet, for the Houthis, the militia is their most prominent — if not exclusive — tool and not the exception, as is the case with Hezbollah.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139643/akbar-ganji/who-is-ali-khamenei – September / October 2013.
In his resignation letter, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said the cabinet did not want to be dragged into an “unconstructive political maze”.
Earlier this week, Houthi gunmen fired on Mr Bahah’s convoy and then laid siege to the presidential palace, where he was staying.
Then on Wednesday the home of President Hadi was shelled, shattering a ceasefire that had been agreed only hours earlier.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30936940 – 1/22/2015.
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