Reports have emerged that Yemeni Houthi fighters are receiving training in Syria and taking part in battles on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Italian Adnkronos (AKI) news agency cited “high-level European sources” as saying that Iran, which backs the Zaidi Shiite Houthis in Yemen, is supervising centers where they are recieving training in southern Syria.

The reported training program would be the latest instance of Iran’s support for the Zaidi Shiite party, known officially as Ansar Allah. Tehran has likened the party—which assumed control over Yemen’s government in early February—to Hezbollah in Lebanon. […]