Earth & Conservation

What Is The U.S. Doing In Yemen's Civil War?

After launching missiles at rebels in Yemen, the U.S.' role in the conflict has come under fire. So has the U.S. picked a side in the war?

Yemen is split between two groups: the Houthis, an anti-government rebel group aligned with the Shia branch of Islam, and the Hadi government, which has struggled to maintain power since the Houthis enacted a coup d'etat in 2015.

In October 2016, the U.S. launched a volley of missiles at the Houthi rebels after an attack on an American warship. The U.S. says this was isolated and it's not involved in Yemen's Civil War. But many say that not only is the U.S. involved, it's also chosen a side in a "proxy war." So, what exactly is the U.S. doing in Yemen? Jules Suzdaltsev has more in today's Seeker Daily video.

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Learn More:

The Guardian: U.S. Denies Seeking Wider Role in Yemen War a Day After Firing Missiles

Al Jazeera: Talking to Yemen's Hadi: A President Resisting Defeat

Human Rights Watch: Saudi Coalition Airstrikes on Yemen's Civilian Economic Structures