The official IRNA news agency Tuesday quoted Iranian Chief of Staff Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi as saying that the actions of Yemen and Saudi Arabia signal the start of "state terrorism" and that such actions endanger the entire region. Saudi Arabia's offensive, according to Firouzabadi would fuel militancy and spread violence to the rest of the Muslim world. Shiite Iran is alarmed by the Yemeni and Saudi offensive against the rebels, whom the two Arab nations accuse of receiving arms and money from Iran. The Saudi offensive began earlier this month, apparently to deny Iran a foothold on its doorsteps. Yemeni forces have been fighting the rebels in the country's north for five years but the fighting intensified in August.