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Phares to Turkey's Anadolou Agency: ""Iran close to control Bab el Mandeb and the southern Red Sea from Yemen"
By Dr Walid Phares
Apr 1, 2015 - 8:54:01 PM

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Quoted in Turkey's News Agency Anadolou, Dr Walid Phares said: "Iran is close to control the Bab el Mandeb area and the southern Red Sea from Yemen, thanks to the Houthi militia advances."

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Quoted in Turkey's News Agency Anadolou, Dr Walid Phares said: "Iran is close to control the Bab el Mandeb area and the southern Red Sea from Yemen, thanks to the Houthi militia advances."

According to Walid Phares, a Middle East and Terrorism expert at Washington-based Global Policy Institute, the Houthi insurgency in Yemen realigned countries in the region that were at odds with each other, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

"But how long this new coalition can last is a question to be answered," he said.

The Saudi-led "Operation Decisive Storm" has also received the support of the U.S., France, Britain and Turkey.

Phares said tensions between Iran and the West would continue to complicate the peaceful solutions to crises in the region as long as the interim deal on Tehran's nuclear program was not resolved.

“The rise of the Houthi in Yemen should be seen as a new stage of Tehran’s efforts to greatly expand its role and capabilities of unconventional naval forces”, according to Michael Knights of The Washington Institute.

He said that the Strait of Hormuz -- the world's oil lifeline on the Persian Gulf -- was already under Iranian control.

If the Houthis succeeded in taking over Yemen, he said, Tehran would be able to extend its legs to the Red Sea as well.


http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/485741--yemen-strikes-stoke-fears-of-wider-conflict-with-iran

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