Saudi Arabia’s cross-border attacks on Yemeni rebels were meant to bring down an insurgency. But will they only make this largely ignored conflict even worse?
JOOST R. HILTERMANN is Deputy Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group.
In June 2004, the Houthis, a group of rebels in the Sa'dah governorate of northwest Yemen, began taking up arms against the Yemeni national army. They claimed, and continue to claim, to be defending their own specific branch of Shia Islam -- Zaydism -- from a Yemeni regime they say is too dependent on its northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia, and its partner in the war on terrorism, the United States. Yemen's political and mil