Khaled Abdullah / Reuters A woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rifle as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen, September 6, 2016.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters A woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rifle as she takes part in a parade to show support to the movement in Sanaa, Yemen, September 6, 2016.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters Armed women loyal to the Houthi movement ride on the back of a truck as they take part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen September 6, 2016.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters A woman loyal to the Houthi movement hold an RPG weapon as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen, September 6, 2016.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters Armed women loyal to the Houthi movement ride on the back of trucks as they take part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

Yemen's Rebel "Burgades"

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, who seized Sanaa in September 2014, are keen to remind their enemies that they still hold the keys to the presidential palace. After the unraveling of Western-led peace talks over the summer with the internally-recognized government, the Houthis showed off their might by rallying their supporters in the capital. In a carefully staged parade, women wore burqas and flashed rifles and rocket-propelled grenades while marching in formation. According to local reports, the group, which practices a strain of Shiism and is backed by Iran, is now looking to deepen its hold throughout the country by recruiting women into its ranks. At least some of these women are the widows of former Houthi soldiers and they serve as a strategic gateway for radicalizing whole communities, particularly children. At the rally, they chanted the Houthi slogan, which includes the line, "God is great, death to America."

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