Article Review on Crisis in Yemen

Crisis in Yemen

Yemen is historically divided between Shiites, who live mostly in the northeast, and the majority Sunni population who live in the southeast is important to regional players and the United States. The Houthis are a Shiite rebellious grouping that battled the reign of President Saleh from 2004 to 2011 when he accepted to resign. Using Iran’s support, they influenced the surrender of the President Saleh’s successor, President Hadi. Saudi Arabia, which borders Yemen, is in support of President Hadi, who took refuge in their nation (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2015). With the help of nine other countries, Saudi Arabia led a month long military operation to restore the Yemen government. Their leaders were worried about the Houthis because they were backed by Iran, which is a regional enemy.

Al Qaeda militants attacked the government freeing from prison its key leader among others, which became evident that the group has grown confidence, and the Yemen government is deteriorating. The Houthis began taking control of increasingly wider parts of the country, but this did not last for long since the Sunni militants of Al Qaeda retaliated with violence. The United States helped in backing Saudi Arabia in conflict resolution by warning Iran from equipping Houthis with better weapons. This forced the exit of 125 United States special operation advisers, who were meant to control the situation against the terrorist groups. However, Yemen partnered with America to counter terrorism mainly against Al Qaeda troops (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2015). With the American help and intelligence, efforts to defeat the Al Qaeda militants became fruitful due to their brilliant methods. In conclusion, the United States in conjunction with Saudi Arabia through negotiations with the Yemen government, military deployment, and reinforcement, could successfully help in the crisis resolution. In today’s society, nations could help each other triumph over the rising conflicts.


THE NEW YORK TIMES. (2015). The crisis in Yemen: What you need to know. Retrieved from