On Thursday an Islamic State suicide bomber disguised as a woman killed ten Muslim worshippers performing Eid al-Adha prayers in a Houthi mosque in Taiz, a city in the southwest of Yemen.
The ISIS group in Yemen said the terror attack was intended to kill “rejectionists,” a term Sunni Wahhabists use to describe Shia Muslims.
“In a security operation facilitated by God as part of the acts of revenge for Muslims from the rejectionist Houthi, brother Abu Omar al-Hadidi waded into a crowd of apostate Houthis at al-Balili temple, detonated his suicide belt causing dozens to perish or to be injured,” the statement said.
Ten Houthi worshippers were killed and medics at the scene reported at least 25 were wounded. A Reuters photo showed a man carrying a child injured by the explosion.
In March ISIS suicide bombers killed nearly 140 worshippers in coordinated attacks at two mosques during Friday prayers in Sanaa.
Another attack in September killed 28 people at a Houthi mosque during Friday prayers in Sanaa.
Sunni Elite Support and Fund ISIS Terror
While Saudi Arabia claims to be fighting against the Islamic State, it shares the goal of the group in Yemen — terrorizing the Shia population and mass murdering civilians.
In August Colonel Sharaf Luqman, the official spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, said “Saudi Arabia is the great ISIS” because it supported the group.
There is little evidence the Saudi government directly funds ISIS. It has officially condemned the Islamic State along with Jabhat al-Nusra, the Muslim Brotherhood, Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and Saudi Hezbollah.
Wealthy Saudi and Qatari citizens, however, continue to fund and support Sunni Wahhabist groups in the Middle East, including ISIS, al-Nusra, Liwa al-Tawhid, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam and other jihadi fighters in Syria.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists notes “a good portion of the funding for the ISIS — and similar terror groups, such as the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra — comes from Sunni elites located in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Gulf states, countries that are ostensibly US allies.”
There is evidence the United States also supports the terrorist organization.
In August, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn told al-Jazzera the rise of ISIS was a “willful decision” by the United States.
“I don’t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision,” he said.
US Defense Intelligence Agency documents declassified in 2012 also show support for ISIS and an effort to establish a Sunni Wahhabist principality in Syria.
War Crimes Supported by the U.S.
“Yemen is the worst country for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapon use in the first seven months of 2015,” writes Robert Perkins in a report on British arms sales.
“Much of this chaos is due to the use of explosive weapons with wide area impacts in populated areas across the country,” he writes, adding that “millions more have suffered from additional devastating consequences in the country, including poverty, malnutrition, insecurity, and limited access to health and sanitation,” largely a result of the illegal Saudi war against the Shia Houthi.
The war is supported by eight other Arab dictatorships and the United States.
In March National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan admitted the US is supporting the illegal Saudi war in Yemen.
“President Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to (Gulf Cooperation Council)-led military operations,” she said.
“The US-led naval blockade, an act of war, has cut food imports to Yemen, which is not capable of growing enough food to feed its population. The head of the UN World Food Program reported on August 19 that Yemen is on the verge of famine, making the US naval blockade a potential crime against humanity,” writes William Boardman of Reader Supported News.