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Yemen on brink of civil war

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Parts of Yemen’s third largest city Taiz have been seized by Shia militants and the city’s airport was among the areas seized by Houthi rebels. There has been mounting violence by rival armed groups in Yemen, including Houthi rebels, al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants. The US said it was withdrawing its troops from the country due to the worsening security situation. Houthi fighters dressed in military uniform could be seen arriving at the airport and patrolling parts of the city, eyewitnesses said.

Cover Stories | Ali Bahaijoub | 30 March 2015 | Hits: 2

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Houthis advances checked by coalition forces

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Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi drove Houthi fighters from two towns they had seized and checked an advance by the Shi’ite fighters towards his refuge in Aden. But other Houthi units apparently entered the Red Sea port of al-Mukha, according security officials and residents, placing the Iranian-backed fighters a short drive from the Bab al-Mandeb strait, a sea corridor vital to oil shipments. And in Taiz, soldiers and Houthi gunmen shot dead at least four people as demonstrators took to the streets to protest

Cover Stories | Alan Brown | 30 March 2015 | Hits: 2

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Yemen: A ticking time-bomb

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Like a ticking time-bomb, Yemen’s undeclared civil war has suddenly exploded into a regional crisis that will have far-reaching and unpredictable international consequences, writes Franklin Adesegha The conflict, spreading from the key southern battleground around Aden, pits Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni Muslim power, and Yemen’s government against northern-based Houthi rebels, who are reportedly backed by Shia Muslim Iran.

Cover Stories | Franklin Adesegha | 30 March 2015 | Hits: 2

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Saudis lead air strikes against Houthi rebels

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Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Yemeni Houthi rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s legitimate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a move by the world’s top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington. Riyadh’s regional rival Iran denounced the assault on the Houthi militia group, which it backs, and made clear the kingdom’s deployment of a Sunni coalition against Shi’ite enemies would complicate efforts to end a conflict likely to inflame the sectarian animosities fuelling wars around the Middle East.

Cover Stories | Ali Bahaijoub | 30 March 2015 | Hits: 2

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