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
The Sunni Arab regimes, in particular, were stung by how the Obama administration abandoned its long-term ally, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak. They realised that America has abandoned its long-held strategy - akin to a covenant with these states and safeguarded over decades - that regional stability goes hand-in-hand with regime security
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