Saudi-led alliance wins Yemen battles, but peace remains elusive




 
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Saudi-led alliance wins Yemen battles, but peace remains elusive
 
August 19th, 2015  
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Saudi-led alliance wins Yemen battles, but peace remains elusive
By Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Emirati tanks heave across southern Yemen's stony wastes and Apache helicopters from a Saudi-led coalition, dubbed "black genies" by local media, rule its skies, helping fighters loyal to the exiled government win the initiative against an Iran-allied militia. The advanced weapons deployed by Gulf Arab states have powered the local fighters into territory controlled by the Houthi group, reversing the tide in a civil war linked to a regional power struggle between Sunni Muslim states and Iran. "People are hoarding food or else fleeing to the countryside and there are Houthi fighters everywhere in the streets." Yemen's foreign minister in exile has upped the ante, saying the war may soon end with the violent downfall of the Houthis' leader and their ally, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.




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