Yemen’s civil war between Houthi rebels from the north and a democratically-elected government risks boiling over into a major regional conflict. It bears the hallmarks of a Shia-Sunni battleground. An Arab coalition - including the non-arab nuclear power Pakistan - and led by Saudi Arabia, has already used air and ground attacks to drive back the Iran-backed Houthis who have now entered Yemen’s newly-declared capital Aden in the south.

A COALITION of Sunni Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, has pledged its active and long-term support to the internationally-recognised Yemeni government in its fight against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

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 Bernard Siman
Iran has sought to achieve a de facto strong position through disruptive and intrusive strategies in weak Arab states through a template which involved building up a militia, fronted by a political organisation, and re-engineering the political system in those states to Iran's direct advantage
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