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And What About Yemen?

America’s most controversial ally, Saudi Arabia, is still at war with its southern neighbor. And America itself is still supporting it, for now.

Armed rebels raise their fists, shouting.
Tribal gunmen loyal to the Houthi movement chant slogans during a gathering in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 10.

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Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war with rebel tribes in Yemen is 3½ years deep, as is America’s support for it. Michael Knights, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, details the kingdom’s goals: stopping the missile attacks sailing in from Yemen, restoring the country’s ousted leaders, and countering the rebels’ biggest ally, Iran.

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