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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2017 10:16 p.m. PST

"Two years since Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign to restore Yemen's internationally-recognized government, the country has descended into a state of unprecedented anarchy. Yemen's infrastructure and industrial capacity are in ruins; roughly 18 million people, more than half the population, need humanitarian aid; and priceless, centuries-old homes and mosques across the country have been reduced to rubble.

That's not to say that the Saudi-led coalition hasn't made some progress. The Houthis and their allies—most notably, the backers of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh—have been pushed from Aden and much of the south, while the Houthis and their allies' erstwhile aims of unchecked hegemony over the country's political scene have been dashed.

That being said, a decisive victory appears anything but forthcoming. This is not just because the Houthis' retain control of Sanaa. The internationally recognised government of Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi—which the Saudis ostensibly intervened in Yemen to reinstate—has proven unable to assert its authority even in the areas of the country nominally under its control. In a comparison that drew telling symbolism, Hadi himself passed the anniversary of the start of the Saudi intervention in Riyadh, while Saleh openly mixed with his supporters in a demonstration in Sanaa's Sabaeen Square.

But regardless of what the various warring factions may assert, as the Saudi military intervention enters its third year there is little to celebrate. The conflict has already left Yemen the scene of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. And there appears to be no end in sight…."
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Noble713 Inactive Member06 Apr 2017 2:16 a.m. PST

Yemen's infrastructure and industrial capacity are in ruins…and priceless, centuries-old homes and mosques across the country have been reduced to rubble.

Thanks to relentless and indiscriminate Saudi bombing. A point the author manages to omit. He also leaves out that the Houthis have support from rather significant portions of the Yemeni military (who else do you think has been operating all those ballistic and anti-ship missiles? It certainly isn't mountain tribal fighters…). Of course, given that the author is a former Al-Jazeera commentator ( ), perhaps balanced coverage of the subject isn't to be expected?

Here's a much better discussion of Yemen IMO: ( link )

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2017 10:36 a.m. PST



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