The United States is looking to increase support for the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen with intelligence-sharing and logistical support but it will not send American troops to combat the Iranian-backed fighters, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to Saudi Arabia accused Iran of playing a destabilizing role throughout the Middle East, especially in Yemen where it has supplied the Houthis with weaponry including missiles that the rebels have fired into southern Saudi Arabia.
“Everywhere you look where there’s trouble in the region you find Iran,” Mattis told reporters in Riyadh after meeting with top Saudi leaders. “We will make progress on this. We will have to overcome Iran’s efforts to destabilize yet another country … but the bottom line is we are on the right path for it.” […]