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Biden Must Pressure Saudi Arabia To End The War On Yemen

Give President Joe Biden some credit. He pulled the U.S. back from supporting Saudi Arabia’s six-plus year campaign of murder and mayhem against Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations. The Obama and Trump administrations made Americans accomplices to Saudi aggression and war crimes. The Biden administration should end all military assistance in any form for Riyadh as long as the latter is involved in the conflict.

Modern Yemen has been convulsed by unrest and war for most of its six decades of existence. (Two states emerged in the 1960s and merged in 1990.) In the 2000s Ansar Allah, widely known as the Houthis, battled the government led by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was backed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2012 he was overthrown during the Arab Spring and replaced by his vice president, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Two years later Saleh and the Houthis joined to defenestrate Hadi, which prompted Saudi and Emirati military intervention.

This endless Yemeni infighting mattered not at all to the U.S.

Washington was most concerned about activities of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), long the most threatening affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s old organization. However, the political game of musical chairs changed little. Saleh had cooperated with Washington against AQAP. The Shia (Zaydi) Houthis disliked America but hated the Sunni terrorist organization even more and demonstrated their antagonism on the battlefield.

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