U.S. strategy in Yemen stressing out Saudis – wnd.com

by F.Michael Maloof

obama_us_saudi_arabiaAs Yemen becomes the new proxy battleground between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, the United States finds itself in a position of helping both sides at the same time. Saudi Arabia has begun air attacks against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels while Iran has warned the Saudis against further attacks. In the meantime, the U.S. is taking a peripheral role by providing the Saudis logistical and intelligence support. Washington is ensuring precision strikes to help inexperienced Saudi bombers avoid collateral damage that could produce new fodder for jihadist recruitment. At the same time, the U.S. is backing Iranian and Shiite fighters along with the Iraqi military in their effort to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from ISIS. The U.S. also is quietly working with Houthi elements within Yemen to conduct counter-terrorism attacks against Sunni jihadist fighters of Al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP. Read Full Article