Iran's Growing Casualty Count in Yemen

(War on the Rocks) Joshua Koontz - On March 21, an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) officer known as Abu Ali led a 52-man Houthi armored assault convoy out of northern Yemen and into Saudi Arabia where Houthi forces attacked the Saudi border village of Dharan al-Janub before seizing the Saudi al-Alab border station. A Saudi quick reaction force, accompanied by F-15s, responded, killing the IRGC officer along with 40 Houthi fighters. 44 IRGC and Hizbullah operatives have been killed or captured in Yemen's civil war. Iranian support for the Houthis is part of its encirclement strategy for the Arabian Peninsula.

2017-06-02 00:00:00

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