By Danny Citrinowicz
One of the latest decisions of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state was to designate the Yemen-based Houthi militia as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) has caused a stir in Washington and beyond. This decision has significant implications for extant humanitarian organizations active in Yemen who will now have to ensure compliance with the designation by avoiding contact with any affiliated actors. Some observers argue that the designation will not bring an end of the Yemen campaign by strengthening and enhancing action taken against the Houthis but will instead exacerbate the conflict. The recent Decision that was taken by new US administration to revoke terror designation for the Houthi militia is an example for the different views in Washington regarding the effectiveness of this step.
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