American support for non-state terrorists has been prominent in Latin America and the Middle East. At various stages, the U.S. has provided training, arms, and funds to terrorists among Cuban exiles, such as Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles. There are many more instances of U.S. meddling in foreign government affairs via the funding of terrorist organisations within their countries; the above is merely a brief summary.
More recently though they have become close allies with Saudi Arabia due to the abundance of oil in their nation, Saudi Arabia being the largest oil manufacturer and producer on Earth currently. Relations with Arabic countries have also become crucial as the U.S. is looking to fill the void in their crude oil market, created by the fall out of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has come under numerous missile attacks, launched by Yemeni militia known as Houthis. In response to these attacks US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has accused Iran of supporting and funding this group.
Sullivan has pointed the finger at Iran for “enabling” the Houthis, giving them the capacity to launch these types of attacks. He went on the state that “the Houthis launch these terrorist attacks with enabling by Iran, which supplies them with missile and UAV components, training, and expertise.” He also elaborated that these actions are considered to be violations of the UN Security Council resolutions “prohibiting the import of weapons into Yemen.”
The most recent missile attacks occurred over night, reportedly fired from drones striking a petroleum distribution terminal in Jizan region, a natural gas plant and the Yasref refinery on the Red Sea. It is also claimed by Saudi military officials that Yemeni forces attacked a water desalination plant and gas facility over the weekend.
Currently the U.S. State Department has not issued a statement regarding these attacks by the Houthi, only time will tell if this further fractures Washington’s relationship with Tehran.