Instant View: Saudi Arabia coalition air strikes in Yemen risks wider conflict
(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country’s president had taken refuge. With the Saudi-led military assault, the Middle East’s top oil power has been drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The crisis risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi’ite Iran backing the Houthis, whose leaders adhere to the branch of Shi’ite Islam, and Saudi Arabia and the other regional Sunni Muslim monarchies backing Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. COMMENTARY: JOHN MCCARTHY, PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS “Saudi Arabia is worried that Yemen will become a proxy for Iran, essentially taking control of what had been a Sunni-dominated country congenial to Saudi‚Äôs interest.
13 May, 2015 Yemen truce broadly holds, but reports of violations By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf CAIRO/ADEN (Reuters) - A five-day truce in Yemen appeared to be broadly holding on Wednesday, despite reports of air strikes overnight by Saudi-led forces and continued military activity by the Iranian-allied Houthi group. Saudi Arabia and the […]
5 June, 2017 Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, saying it backs terror DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terror groups.
16 March, 2015 Torn Yemen bleeds in Saudi-Iran proxy war: analysts Torn between a north controlled by Shiite rebels and a south dominated by the embattled president's allies, Yemen is mired in a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, analysts say. Amid the chaos, Al-Qaeda militants are closing ranks with tribes of fellow Sunni Muslims to counter the […]