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Iran-Backed Rebels Extend War in Yemen With Killing of Former Yemeni President

Ex-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh died in an attack staged by Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Monday. The killing risks extending an already years-long war.

By NTK Staff | 12.04.2017 @5:30pm
Iran-Backed Rebels Extend War in Yemen With Killing of Former Yemeni President

On Monday, members of one of Yemen’s political parties, the General People’s Congress, announced that former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a member of the party, had been killed in an attack by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

BBC reported:

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed amid fighting between his supporters and their former allies, the Houthi rebel movement.

Officials from Mr Saleh’s General People’s Congress party said he died in an attack south of the capital, Sanaa.

The Houthis’ leader hailed the news as a “great and significant occasion”.

Abdul Malik al-Houthi said it had foiled a “conspiracy” by a Saudi-led coalition backing the government, to whom Mr Saleh had made peace overtures.

The killing demonstrates the extent to which Iran-backed rebels will go to prevent peace on Saudi Arabia’s terms in the war. As soon as Saleh “offered to ‘turn a new page,'” he became a problem for the Houthi rebels.

America is backing Saudi Arabia and, by extension, the Hadi government, in the dispute. A recent statement from the White House said the United States “remain[s] committed to supporting Saudi Arabia and all our Gulf partners against the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aggression and blatant violations of international law.”

For more on the conflict in Yemen, read NTK Network’s November piece on the possibility that war could break out between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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