The Houthis are now in a position to directly target Al-Anad, which lies some 20 kilometers away.
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Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials told Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war.Some Western officials have been more skeptical of the view that the Houthis are receiving large-scale support from Iran.Even U.S. officials warning of Iran's support for the Houthis acknowledge intelligence gaps in Yemen, where the U.S. posture has been sharply reduced since the start of the conflict.Two officials said the United States was looking into whether components of the missiles, including the warhead, might have benefited from Iranian parts or come from Iran but acknowledged the assessment was so far inconclusive.General Joseph Votel, the commander of the U.S. military's Central Command, said he suspected an Iranian role in arming the Houthis and noted Iran was one of the possible suppliers of the kinds of shore-based missile technology seen in Yemen.A senior Yemeni official told Reuters there had been an increase in smuggled weapons reaching the Houthis via Oman but could not say definitively whether the weapons were Iranian.
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