Iranian threat drives the Saudi initiative in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has led the Arab coalition strike on Houthi-rebel positions in Yemen (photo: dpa)
Saudi Arabia has led the Arab coalition strike on Houthi-rebel positions in Yemen (photo: dpa)

Saudi Arabia’s military engagement in Yemen is indicative of Riyadh’s resolve to take the protection of its security interests into its own hands now that relations with the US are showing signs of strain. It feels threatened by Iran and fears it could lose influence in the Middle East. And it has become entangled in the web of rival political and militant Islamic groups shaping events in the region.

<i>Differences of opinion between Riyadh and Washington are largely due to their opposing views on Iran’s role in the region. While US President Barack Obama is making overtures to repair relations with Tehran, the leadership in Riyadh feels threatened by Iran’s push for supremacy i...

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