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Proxy War Feared in Yemen

by Peter Godspeed

Fierce battles between government troops and Shiite rebels in the northern mountains of Yemen are fueling fears of regional instability and a possible proxy war between Shiite-dominated Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia.

A month-old government offensive – Operation Scorched Earth – has displaced nearly 50,000 people and created a humanitarian crisis as troops use artillery and fighter aircraft to attack the insurgents near the border with Saudi Arabia.

The latest escalation in a five-year-old civil war has targeted Zaidi Shiite rebels in the predominantly mountainous Saadah province.

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Source: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/09/15/peter-goodspeed-the-west-faces-a-proxy-war-in-distant-deserts-of-yemen.aspx


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