Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yemen's Future the U.S. Could Help by Ending Its Role in the War

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yemen's Future the U.S. Could Help by Ending Its Role in the War

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Some signs of hope have surfaced for ending the brutal war in Yemen, waged in part by Saudi Arabia with American support.

Fighting has been underway in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, for more than a year now. It has claimed an estimated 6,200 lives and laid waste to the already threadbare economic and social conditions of the nation's 25 million people. The latest United Nations Children's Fund report indicates nearly a thousand children among the victims.

The war pits Shiite Muslim Houthis against a Sunni Muslim Yemeni government headed by Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Mr. Hadi is opposed in Yemen by forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, also a Sunni. Other armed elements include al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, both of which have profited from the chaos and the country's contested or lack of government.

The war in Yemen is also a proxy struggle among outside elements. These include Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf states on the Sunni side, and Iran on the Shiite side. …

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