March 26, 2015
So, Saudi Arabia is bombing Yemen.
Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, bringing the wider region directly into a complex conflict that has festered for months.
The Saudis say they want to restore the Yemeni government, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al Qaeda, which was kicked out of the capital by the rebels earlier this year.
“Having Yemen fail cannot be option for us or for our coalition partners,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, referring to the other nations in the region supporting the campaign.
Here are answers to key questions about the escalating conflict in Yemen.
What’s the reason behind the Saudi-led offensive?
Analysts say it can be summed up in one word: Iran.
The Saudis “perceive this as a threat from the Iranians,” said CNN military analyst Lt. Col. Rick Francona. “They look at the Houthis as nothing more than a proxy Iranian force, just like we can look at Hezbollah as a proxy Iranian force in southern Lebanon.”
Analysts say that Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia are locked in a strategic contest for influence across the Middle East.
I don’t know anything more about the situation than CNN just told me.
So anyone who does should tell us in the comments section.
Though it appears there might not be a whole lot to it.