Debkafile: “Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian Yemeni forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade loyal to the former Yemeni President Ali Saleh handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions trained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This is revealed by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources.
In another development Tuesday involving Iran’s spreading tentacles, debkafile’s military sources reveal that unidentified aircraft bombed Burak, a small military base in the Fezzan province of southwestern Libya, which serves Iran as a transit store for arms purchased in Sudan for the Palestinian Hamas.
The weapons, which recently reached the Libyan base through Chad, were destroyed. They were scheduled to be smuggled through Egypt and Sinai and onto Gaza. Western military sources attributed responsibility for the bombardment to the Egyptian or Israeli air forces. Both Israel and Egypt have declined to comment on the report.
Opinion: It is all about oil. Iran wants the Red Sea oil route and a quick look at the map tells you why. If Iran can control both the straits of Hormuz to the north of Oman, and Bab-el-Mandeb choke point, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei can realize Saddam Hussein’s dream: Control ME oil; control the world.
Khamenei has ordered two naval task forces to sail to the Red Sea. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have to dislodge the Houthi rebels from taking control of the 3.8 million barrels of oil per day that passes through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.