Yemen

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To understand how the hurried evacuation of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen is connected to Iran's regional strategy, look no further than Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Sunni go...(full article)

Predicting the intent and actions of the Houthi fighters is a dangerous and usually futile game. Since the Houthis’ emergence from their stronghold in north-west Yemen, they ...(full article)

Russia is not likely to get too involved in the Yemen crisis, preferring instead to monitor developments from afar and choose its allies carefully....(full article)

Far from decimated, Al Qaeda is, in combination with the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, chasing the US out of Yemen, which, far from being a shining example of US counter-terrorism...(full article)

Last September, thousands of fighters from northern Yemen seized control of the country's capital, Sanaa. The government was weak, its army fractured, and the rebels - called the H...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Yemen on the Edge - Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

Sunni attacks on Iraqi Shiites sent the country spiraling into civil war. Will the new bombings in Yemen send it down the same bloody path?...

A Perfect Storm of Peril in Yemen - Paul-Anton Kruger, Sueddeutsche

Shia militiamen, Sunni clans, al-Qaida, Iran and Saudi Arabia all have their hands in the rapidly shifting sands of the poorest state in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is everybody's...

Saudis Look to Egypt to Counter ISIS, Iran - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Egypt might normally prefer to look almost exclusively westward, where the chaos in Libya both poses an explicit threat to its own security (radicals and weapons moving across the ...

The Farce of Houthi Rule - The National

Indeed, one of the most darkly amusing elements of this crisis has been the way the Houthis have sought to use the language of the law after their brutal takeover. They have claime...

Yemen Disintegrates - Japan Times

The roots of the Houthi unrest go back to 1962, when Egypt’s President Gamal Nasser invaded Yemen and with the support of Yemeni republic army officers overthrew the Imamate ...

Words Won't Stop Yemen's Houthis - The National

The Arab League has been denouncing the “coup” in Yemen ever since the government in Sanaa was pushed aside. What it has not done – and what it did not do on Wedn...

Saudi-Iran Competition, Houthi Ascendance in Yemen - Chatham House

Interviews with people who have been granted rare access to the Houthis’ inner circle of leaders (including its so-called ‘executive committee’, a council that ov...

Can Yemen Be Saved? - Barak Barfi, Project Syndicate

Yemen is mired in crises that it cannot solve alone. Unless its international allies throw it a lifeline, it risks being swallowed by a sea of disorder that could imperil the entir...

The Houthis Now Run Yemen - Joshua Keating, Slate

The apparent coup in Yemen last month, when President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned after Houthi rebels occupied his palace, is now official. The Houthis announced today that the...

The Toxic Terror Brew: Land, Money and a Story - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...

Iran's Powerful non-Nuclear "Bomb" - G. Nuseibeh & E. Epstein, J-Post

Iran may have already secured its greatest leverage, achieving a strategic and economic chokehold on Saudi Arabia and Israel at the same time....

Did Drones Contribute to Yemen's Collapse? - Joshua Keating, Slate

A U.S. drone strike hit a vehicle in central Yemen on Monday, killing three members of al-Qaida according to a representative of the group. The strike was the first since Yemen&rsq...

Yemen Falls Apart, Lebanon-Style - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Yemen is, again, leaderless. Last week, on the day Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah passed away, the president of Yemen Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and his entire government resigned....

Yemen Exposes Obama's Crumbling 'Partners' Strategy - Washington Post

In devoting 250 of the 6,800 words of his State of the Union address to the fight against “violent extremism,” President Obama offered a boilerplate description of his policy....

Ignoring Iran's Evildoing - Benny Avni, New York Post

All of a sudden Iran’s all over the news — and not in a good way....

Rise of the Houthis: Yemen's New Power Brokers - Jeb Boone, GP

In a speech broadcast to homes across Yemen on Tuesday evening, the leader of the group Ansar Allah, known locally as the Houthis, reassured millions of Yemenis that despite the ru...

Yemen, the Country where the Coup Never Ends - G. Johnsen, BuzzFeed

In fighting that Yemeni government officials invariably described as an “attempted coup,” Huthi loyalists shelled a presidential palace as well as the residence of President Ab...

Yemen Coup Hurts US Al Qaeda Fight - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Shiite rebels stormed the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Tuesday, increasing chances the country will plunge into a broader sectarian conflict and hugely com...

As Yemen Falls, So Does U.S. Strategy - Mark Thompson, Time

As the nation awaited President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday—and any new decision on how he plans to wage war on Islamic fundamentalism—one of his key approac...

Don't Buy the ISIS Hype - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Spectator

What Isis does have is an uncanny knack for scaring the audience it wants to scare: us. And we, addicted as many of us are to horror and violence in popular culture, seem perversel...

Why Is Yemen a Terrorist Training Home? - Clive Jones, Reuters

According to Yemeni intelligence, both Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi, the two brothers who carried out a devastating attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo last Wednesday, were t...

A Forgotten War Reaches the Streets of Paris - Adam Baron, Daily Beast

It’s unspeakably tragic that it took a violent attack in Paris to refocus attention to the ongoing unrest in Yemen, a nation whose conflict has been all but forgotten for som...

10 Wars to Watch in 2015 - Jean-Marie Guehenno, Foreign Policy

The last year was a bad one for international peace and security. Sure, there were bright spots in 2014. Colombia’s peace process looks hopeful. The last round of Iran’...

Yemen May Soon Share Iraq and Syria's Fate - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Last year, Yemen appeared as one of the bright spots of the Arab Spring. The Gulf-backed transition was working, if slowly and hesitantly. But 2014 has shown that the transition re...

7 Awful, Underreported Conflicts - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

2014 has been a brutal year....

Borders Will Not Contain Yemen's Wars - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Another reason why most analysts underestimated ISIL is they did not understand its ambitions. They saw the destruction waged in Syria and thought it an end in itself. Looking f...

Rescuing Hostages Is Never Easy - Martin Reardon, Al Jazeera

Saturday's failed hostage rescue mission in Yemen was indeed tragic. While the official details as to exactly what happened have not yet been released, it appears Luke Somers, an A...

Iran Hardly Needs Nukes to Be a Threat - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

In just under a week, the Iranians and the Americans say, they will present an answer to Iran’s nuclear programme. In reality, they are only likely to raise more questions....

Will the U.S. Swap Riyadh for Tehran? - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...

Yemeni Factions Will Form Government - Al Jazeera

Political blocs, including Houthis, sign deal authorising president and PM-designate to form government of technocrats....

The Arab World Needs Israel's Help - Jake Wallis Simons, Jerusalem Post

After decades of corrupt dictatorships and rising Islamism, a brief glance across the region reveals that the blood of Sunni and Shi’ite spatters almost every cobblestone fro...

Good Prospects for Saudi-Iranian Relations - Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor

A common enemy brings Iran, Saudi Arabia closer....

Tehran Should Keep Its Hands off Yemen - The National

Anyone who thinks the Houthis are acting in Yemen’s best interests is mistaken. They do not even have the right to speak in the name of all the Yemeni people. Rather, their strat...

Yemen's Peril Is a Threat to the Whole Region - The National

Whatever it is that the Houthi rebels are planning in Yemen, it is certainly not going to be for the benefit of all Yemenis, or the GCC. That is the unmistakable impression of the ...

In Yemen, Fears of Anarchy or Civil War - Adam Baron , Al Jazeera

While the Houthis' military prowess obviously played a key role in their stunning victory in the capital, the importance of their political moves should not be dismissed: by aligni...

Iran's Coup d'Etat in Yemen - Daily Star

Yemen and other countries in the region have become the chessboard where Arab countries, Iran and states outside the Middle East are vying for influence....

The Price of Abandoning Yemen - Ibrahim Sharqieh, New York Times

In 2011, Yemenis rejoiced at the toppling of their dictatorial president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled for 33 years. It was the third successful revolution of the Arab Spri...

How Britain Became Yemen of the West - Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...

'Sorry Our Drones Hit Your Wedding Party' - Gregory Johnsen, BuzzFeed

On December 12, 2013, a drone struck and killed 12 members of a wedding party in Yemen. If the U.S., which claims the strike was clean and justified, didn’t pony up the $800,000 ...

Why ISIS Has Eric Holder Spooked - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

When the Islamic State took western Iraq in a matter of days, President Obama downplayed the threat the insurgent group posed to the United States. “I think it’s important fo...

America Needs a Clear Drone Policy - Christian Science Monitor

As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent....

1 Attack Left This Country in Total Darkness - Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Forbes

The rapid advance of jihadists throughout Iraq unnerves us. The goal of establishing a radical Islamist caliphate – providing a haven to thousands of violent individuals with a h...

Resurrecting the Jihad in Yemen - Almosawa & Johnsen, BuzzFeed

Although it is unclear to what degree Nahdi’s views on violent jihad have evolved over the past two decades, his new position — as a high-ranking security officer in Ye...

America's Epic Failure in Yemen - Almosawa & Dickey, The Daily Beast

At times, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, as it’s called, openly taunts the Hadi government and its American backers. On March 29, it released a video of hundreds...

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