A Saudi soldier fires a mortar towards Houthi movement position, at the Saudi border with Yemen (REUTERS/Stringer).

Opinion

Why Saudi Arabia's Yemen war is not producing victory

May 22, 2015, Bruce Riedel

As the war in Yemen escalates, the stakes are getting higher for Saudi Arabia's princes, the region and Washington, writes Bruce Riedel. After weeks of air attacks on the Zaydi Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s war looks like a stalemate, Iran is scoring a victory on its Gulf rival without any cost to Tehran and with only limited Iranian assistance to the Zaydis, and Washington is getting dragged deeper into a war it did not seek, argues Riedel.

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