Taking Out Yemen’s Houthi Leaders Is No Path to Peace

Houthi mourners chant slogans at the funeral of Saleh al-Sammad, a senior Houthi official who was killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, Sanaa, Yemen, April 28, 2018 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).
Houthi mourners chant slogans at the funeral of Saleh al-Sammad, a senior Houthi official who was killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, Sanaa, Yemen, April 28, 2018 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).

In recent days, the war in Yemen has worsened, with Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed the political leader of the Houthi rebel movement, Saleh al-Sammad, on April 19, and over 50 Houthi militants, including two senior commanders, on April 27. How Yemen’s Houthis respond to the attacks will determine the course of the war in the coming months. But any hopes for movement toward a political solution appear to be dashed, despite quiet efforts by Oman to bring the parties together, and public admonitions by U.S. officials to their Saudi counterparts to focus on bringing this tragic war to an […]

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