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Abu Raad strutted through the streets of the Yemeni capital as if he owned them. His obvious glee, at a time of crisis in the country, bordered on naïveté. But he had his reasons to be happy.
Growing up as a Houthi in the northern province of Saada, he experienced years of war and brutality while fighting for the rights of his Zaydi sect, an offshoot of Shiite Isl ...

World Bulletin
The U.S. hinted Tuesday that it is in contact with Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels.
“U.S. government officials are in communication with various parties in Yemen,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters.
“The Houthis, as participants in these events will certainly have reason to want to speak to international partners and the international community ...

The Pentagon said there is no formal intelligence-sharing agreement with the Iranian-backed Houthis who have taken over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and forced the resignation of U.S.-backed Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, threatening U.S. counter-terrorism efforts there.
However, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said U.S. counter-terrorism efforts continue, acknowledging &ldqu ...

By Gopal Ratnam, Seán D. Naylor
The United States is continuing airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen while facing questions about how to carry on such operations without a trusted partner on the ground following the collapse of the country’s fragile, pro-Western government.
The U.S. strategy until now has been centered on CIA drone strikes on al Qaeda targets and ground ...

The turmoil hitting Saudi Arabia's neighbour Yemen will pose the first big test for King Salman, and provide a glimpse as to whether his approach to hotspots in a fragmenting region will differ from that of his late brother.
Yemen is at risk of breaking up with the ascent of the Houthi movement, a group whose main strategic alliance is with Riyadh's great regional foe Iran, in a country al ...

The American-backed government of Yemen abruptly collapsed Thursday night, leaving the country leaderless as it is convulsed by an increasingly powerful force of pro-Iran rebels and a resurgent Qaeda.
The resignation of the president, prime minister and cabinet took American officials by surprise and heightened the risks that Yemen, the Arab world’s poo ...

By James Fergusson
The ancient city of Sana’a is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities on the planet. Its astounding street markets, almost unchanged since the time of the Prophet, used to attract hordes of Western tourists. Not any more. The risk of kidnap has become too great; the British Embassy advises its nationals to leave the country if possible, and if not, to keep any move ...

Houthi militants expanded their control of Yemen’s capital on Monday, launching an assault that threatens president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi’s hold on power.
The fighting, described by one official as “a step toward a coup”, raged around the presidential palace before a ceasefire agreement was reached late in the day.
The violence is the worst seen in Yemen’s capital since ...

By Richard Spencer
While the West was transfixed by jihadi beheadings of hostages in Syria last autumn, another history-shaking episode in the breakdown of the Arab world was playing out 1,500 miles away.
Western leaders hardly seemed to notice. But a once obscure Shia Muslim rebel movement known as the Houthis swept from the north into Yemen’s picture-postcard capital Sana’a, barging ...

World Bulletin
The strain has been created due to the recent abandonment of the Hanish Islands by Yemeni forces as the Houthis continue to consolidate their advance after they took over Yemen's Hodeida port
As of late, there has been a fresh strain of relations between Iran on one side and the U.S. and NATO on the other. But it is Iran's increasing influence on the Bab el Mandeb striate – no ...

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