A shadowy new pro-government force has been deployed in the embattled Yemeni port city of Aden, according to reports Sunday, sparking speculation that ground troops from the Saudi-led coalition may have joined the battle against Houthi rebels and their allies.
The situation in Yemen is, of course, dangerous and getting more so; raising the possibility of an encounter between U.S. and Iranian warships as well as Saudi and Iranian proxies on the ground.
The LA Times story notes that:
Ali Bukhaity, a Yemeni political analyst, said on his Facebook page that "Arab forces comprising at least three [Arab] nationalities were in Aden.”
“We are going to witness a new chapter in the wars in Yemen," he said in a phone interview.
That was Henry Kissinger’s famous sally about the war between Iran and Iraq, back in the 80s. Now, the big rivals in that part of the world are not actually nations, in the conventional sense. They are, rather, movements with aspirations to more than just physical territory. They are out to conquer the the Muslim world.
One of the important pieces of news to come out of Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to the White House Tuesday is that Iraq will be receiving delivery of F-16s. At Commentary, Max Boot asks if this is such a wise move, “Why Are We Giving F-16s to an Iranian-Infiltrated Government?”
In the course of trying to explain to Tom Friedman why his diplomatic outreach to Iran is no threat to America or our allies, President Obama sounded for a brief moment like the kind of warmonger he is normally heard denouncing.