Forget what you’re hearing. The civil war in Yemen is not a sectarian conflict

Ishaan Tharoor writes: Saudi Arabia frames its current military intervention into Yemen, which has involved wave upon wave of airstrikes for the past two weeks, as a bid to bring stability to a failing, unraveling state.

The country’s impotent Saudi-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, was forced to flee the southern city of Aden after being cornered by Houthi rebels. The Houthis had seized the capital Sanaa last autumn as a part of a slow-moving takeover of parts of the country. A mess of competing factions, including al-Qaeda, were now warring over whole stretches of Yemen. The Saudi-led campaign, Saudi officials insisted, would turn back the Houthi advance and restore Hadi’s “legitimate” government to power.

But another narrative also came immediately into play — that of a Sunni-Shiite proxy war between Saudi interests in Yemen and the Iran-backed Houthis, who belong to a Shiite sect patronized by Tehran’s theocratic leadership. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “Forget what you’re hearing. The civil war in Yemen is not a sectarian conflict

  1. wallace

    The western powers are quite aware of this dichotomy and use it to weaken the Shia who have defied them for the last forty years. The Sunni nations have been under control for years and now spearhead the fight against America`s enemies.

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