The United Arab Emirates is taking an increasingly active role alongside Saudi forces in Yemen in their efforts to defeat Shia Houthi rebels and restore Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi as president.

Advances in and around the southern city of Aden that have helped to shift the momentum of the war against the Houthis and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president, were largely planned and executed by the UAE, say local fighters and western officials.

They confirmed that the presence of about 3,000 UAE and Saudi Arabian troops had brought decisive change in the five-month conflict. […]