Iran Now Controls Four Middle Eastern Capitals

Some of the world’s most famous cities have become property of Iran. Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut—the list is growing.

Iran now controls the capital cities in four Middle Eastern nations. The Jerusalem Post reported February 8 that “Yemen falls to Iran in regional proxy war.” You will never guess who helped Iran take over this United States ally. From the Post (emphasis added throughout):

The toppling of the Yemeni government by Iranian backed Shiite Houthis has upped the ante in the regional sectarian Sunni-Shiite struggle.

Yemen is perfectly set to become a sectarian war that will see millions more in foreign funds transferred to various proxy forces in the country .…

Since 2009, America has been conducting an aggressive drone warfare campaign over Yemen. Unwilling to commit ground troops to fight al Qaeda, America convinced the Yemeni government to allow it to drop bombs on al Qaeda suspects. Attacks have occurred in the countryside, at isolated compounds, and on streets outside busy restaurants.

Yet what makes this defeat doubly disastrous isn’t that the drone warfare campaign probably contributed to the local government’s waning support, but that it was America who put the final nail in the coffin of the supposedly “U.S-backed” Yemeni government. The Jerusalem Post alludes to this issue (ibid):

And then there is the question of the world superpowers, which we can expect will intervene as they have in Syria, with the U.S. increasingly favoring the Shiite axis, led by Iran, as it does not want to ruin ongoing nuclear negotiations with the country. It also seeks to use Iran to counter Sunni jihadists such as Islamic State and al Qaeda. Recent reports reveal that the U.S. is cooperating with the Houthis to target al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (aqap).

The Houthis are pushing south and west in an effort to eliminate al Qaeda from the Red Sea/Bab el-Mandeb strait coastal area. If they gain control, the geopolitical consequences could be very far reaching.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry reported on the significance of the Houthi takeover of Yemen. The Houthis, and by extension Iran, are about to gain control over one of the world’s most strategic waterways. Gerald Flurry explains the implications on oil markets, global trade, European security and more in his latest Key of David program, “The Yemen Crisis.” You need to watch it.

The Jerusalem Post concludes by quoting Uzi Rabi, a Yemen expert and director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University (op. cit.):

This situation is a theater where the Sunni-Shiite battle is being played out in the region, with the Saudis on one side and the Iranians on the other, he continued, adding that the country also is a gateway to Africa and the Islamist terror there.

Iran sees itself as the rising power in the region, Rabi told the Post in December, adding that an Iranian Revolutionary Guard official was quoted as saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran now controls four Middle Eastern capitals: Sanaa, Beirut, Baghdad and Damascus.

Watch as Iran looks to add more capital cities to that list. A couple of candidates: Cairo and Tripoli. Iran is working hard to exploit the chaos in Libya, and it almost got its way in Cairo when the Muslim Brotherhood initially overthrew Egypt’s military leaders. To understand why these nations are destined to fall into Iran’s orbit read “Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network.”

Full article: Iran Now Controls Four Middle Eastern Capitals (The Trumpet)

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