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The Yemen Crisis

The problem may seem far away, but here's why it still matters.

With so many headlines dominating the news, people fail to acknowledge the crisis taking place in Yemen. For those who don’t know much about Yemen, it’s located below Saudi Arabia and is the poorest country in the Middle East.

(AFP)
(AFP)

Recently, Saudi Arabia has been launching military attacks at rebels in Yemen. Saudi Arabia strives to restore the Yemeni government, which had been kicked out by the rebels earlier this year. With Yemen being part of Saudi Arabia’s coalition and a key ally in fighting against Al Queda, Saudi Arabia can not risk losing Yemen to the rebels. If the rebels do win, Saudi Arabia would face numerous consequences and require a heavily guarded southern border against the Iranian government. Already under constant pressure by the countries to the north, losing Yemen to the rebels is a disgrace that the Saudi Arabian government will not tolerate.

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Saudi Arabia already began to launch missiles, especially at Northern Yemen where most of the rebels are located. But of course, the missiles and airstrikes are just the beginning. Saudi Arabia has shown their determination by pledging to send over 150,000 soldiers to the coalition that would be fighting against the rebels in Yemen. The United States, however, stated that they would not intervene directly with troops, but would rather support Saudi Arabia with the supply of information.

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Because so many countries are against it, civil war has erupted inside Yemen with the south supporting the military attacks against the north. At this point, all we can really do is to wait and hope for the best. With many terrorist groups in Yemen, such as ISIS, Al Queda, and AQAP, it is critical that the Saudi government achieve its goal and stabilize the Yemini government in a timely manner.

– Andy Yang (’16)
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