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Houthi Shiite rebels ride in a military truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 27, 2014 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).

Houthi Rise in Yemen Puts Saudi Arabia, Iran on Crash Course

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

One look at a map of the Middle East shows why Yemen, a small country bereft of wealth or natural resources, has the potential to create serious problems not just for its neighbors but also for the global economy. Tiny, impoverished and turbulent, Yemen has escaped the spotlight mostly because the troubles in other parts of the region look more acute and more urgent. That, however, is likely to change.

Over the past couple of months, the ground in that arid strip on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula has shifted. In domestic terms, what has unfolded is a sudden and dramatic rise by what used to be a relatively small insurgent group, the Houthis, who until recently had been fighting the central government for a decade with little to show for it. ...

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