Since the Houthi rebels usurped control of Sana‘a in 2014, Yemen has been an important flashpoint in this competition for regional influence with Riyadh and Yemeni forces loyal to the UN-recognized Yemeni government waging war against the Iranian-backed insurgents for nearly seven years.
he London-based organization Friends of South Yemen (FOSY) a grass roots organization has developed a three-staged road map to end the war in Yemen, where there are numerous political, economic, and security issues at stake, as well as an ongoing unimaginable humanitarian crisis.
In this respect, conflicts in the Middle East share similarities – the situation of Iraq following the 2003 invasion and the status of Syria, Yemen and Libya after the 2011 riots are all reminiscent of each other.
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The GCC takes the lead
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) occupied the first ranking in arms imports, with 180 war jets ordered by the Gulf monarchies out of 260 exported to the Middle East.
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Iran’s Allies Own Iranian-Made Drones
With Iran's advancement in drone production, Iran's allies also began using drones, especially in Lebanon and Yemen.
For Saudi Arabia, Washington's escalation is just an ideal reflection of Democrats' and President Biden's stances on Saudi Arabia, as well as the accumulation of past files such as the Jamal Khashoggi case, human rights, and the Yemen war.