(Yemen) The world is fed this diet that the current situation inside Yemen is simply one between Saudi Arabia on one side and Yemen on the other. The fact of the matter is it couldn't be further from the truth. In fact rather than 2 sides to the argument there are actually three, they are:
1) Yemeni Government , which is backed by a Saudi coalition.
2) Houthis rebels backed by Iran
3) Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
All 3 are fighting each other, yet the fact of the matter is, only the first 2 actors are generally reported by the Media, with the former pained as the nasty guys. The fact remains AQAP is deemed to be the most dangerous al-Qaeda branch due to its emphasis on attacking the far enemy and its reputation for plotting attacks on overseas targets. Which explains why the US decided to strike an AL Q HQ the rural Yakla district of al-Bayda last month. Anyway whilst the liberal world waxes lyrical about the Saudi backed campaign against the Houthis , AQAP holds a third of Yemen
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