Pro-government militias march in Taiz, Yemen, the scene of heavy fighting with Houthi rebels, to mark the 52nd anniversary of liberation from colonial rule (source: dpa)

Regional powers play with fire in Yemen

Islamic militants versus Islamic militants? The inventiveness of extremists when it comes to the wars they are waging in the Middle East and Africa seems inexhaustible. We may have thought that Islamic State was the last threshold of barbarism and the breakdown of traditional state structures. Now, however, even as the group metastasises in Libya, the Sinai Peninsula and Nigeria, it faces competition from such unpleasant movements as Somalia-based al-Shabaab or, even more worrying, the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The rise of the Houthis, a militia that follows the Zaidi branch of Shia Islam, began in earnest last autumn. By January 22, 2015 they had forced the departure of Yemeni Presiden...

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 Charles Millon
Leaders in the United States and Europe will finally have to decide what strategy to adopt in the region. They cannot give unilateral support to one of the two camps, since that would cause the conflict to degenerate into a new Hundred Years’ War
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