For four years, the United Arab Emirates has provided weapons, money and thousands of troops for the Saudi-led war in Yemen—all in an effort to defeat the Shiite Houthi rebels.
Then came the announcement last month that the UAE was leaving – pulling its forces out. Fast forward to this past weekend when UAE-backed southern separatists – part of the Sunni Muslim coalition led by the Saudis – seized control of the strategic port city of Aden.
These developments threaten the Saudi alliance and potentially opens a new front in the five-year conflict.
CGTN’s Yasser Hakim reports.
To discuss all of this:
- Gerald Feierstein served as the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and is currently the senior vice president of the Middle East Institute.
- Reem Daffa is the vice president and executive director of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee.
- Kaveh Afrasiabi is an author, political scientist and Iranian affairs analyst.
- Sama’a Al-Hamdani is a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute.
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