Yemen’s Factions Calling in Saudis and Iran for Help

Peace and Freedom

RIYADH/DUBAIMon Mar 23, 2015 11:53am EDT

Anti-Houthi protesters run as pro-Houthi police troopers open fire in the air to disperse them in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

(Reuters) – Yemen’s top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war.

With President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city of Aden while the Shi’ite Houthi movement controls the capital Sanaa, rival administrations are trading bellicose rhetoric as fighting intensifies and factions commandeer airfields for the next stage of the struggle.

Somewhat on the sidelines, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State are waiting to exploit what some fear could become…

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