- A growing civil war between the Sunni government army and the
Shia Houti rebels. This is turning into a proxy war between Iran and
- A growing al-Qaeda presence. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP) has been conducting terrorist attacks on Yemeni and Saudi
- A growing southern Yemen secessionist movement.
In a letter delivered last week, President Obama promised to help
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in his "fight against terrorism."
** Escalating civil war in Yemen threatens to pull in Iran, Saudi Arabia and U.S.
This could end up with American involvement in Yemen's civil war.
Fighting is increasing in the northern Saada province, and
displaced refugees are nearing the nation's capital, Sana'a.