Houthi, a Muslim Shia rebel group, recently seized control of the Yemen government through a violent coup. So, who is really instigating this proxy war and what do they want?
Iranian support seen crucial for Yemen’s Houthis
“Exactly how much support Iran has given the Houthis, who share a Shi’ite ideology, has never been clear. Sunni countries in the Gulf accuse Iran of interference via Shi’ite proxies in the region, something Tehran denies.”
Iran-Saudi proxy war in Yemen explodes into region-wide crisis
“What has until now been an unacknowledged proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two great powers of the Middle East, has now burst into an open confrontation that appears to be escalating rapidly as other countries and players are sucked in. The primary Saudi aim is to pacify Yemen, but its wider objective is to send a powerful message to Iran: stop meddling in Arab affairs.”
Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen, launches coalition op against Houthi rebels
“Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “‘other military assets.’”
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