US considers involvement in Yemeni conflict

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 4.4.2017 14:43

The US is considering involvement in the Yemeni conflict in a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which according to a report on 27 March, is a step towards strengthening ties with states in the Middle East. The move would also be a disruption to Iran's position in the region, which the US has desired since the election of US President Donald Trump.

At an Arab League meeting on 29 March, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi once again accused Iran of supporting terrorism. Iran allegedly supplies Houthi rebels in Yemen with drones, military equipment, and support personnel. Based on a court decision in the capital Sana’a, the rebels accused President Hadi of treason because of ongoing conflict, and threatened him with the death penalty, which is postponing the next round of peace talks. As Iran’s involvement in the conflict grows, so too does the US’s engagement, which is currently non-lethal in nature. Outside of the conflict, the US is currently involved in Yemen in the fight against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in the country.

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