Divergent Saudi-Emirati Aims Further Complicate Yemen Conflict

Ostensibly allies in the Yemen conflict, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are backing different, frequently opposed, forces. The UAE’s priority is countering Islamist groups, leading it to back southern separatists who oppose the Saudi-backed government. Further chaos beckons.

After more than two years of incessant conflict, Yemen is once again proving the place where swift military operations in the Arab world go to die. Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s hopes for a decisive victory against Houthi rebels in March 2015 have long expired.

Saudi Arabia’s main aim remains quashing the Shia Houthi movement which originates in northern Yemen along the Saudi border and which it perceives as strongly Iranian-backed. (CONTINUED - 912 WORDS)