Yemen

One of the more volatile countries in the Middle East, Yemen was held together for more than three decades by Ali Abdullah Selah. In 2011, protests and mediation from the GCC led to his departure. The affiliate group known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues to threaten Yemenis stability, as well as other countries around the region. Yemen is awash with weapons and its natural resources are few, which is a cocktail for perennial instability. The country is also struggling with Houthi rebels, almost certainly supported by Iran.

  • GDP
    $35.64 Billion
  • Fit for Service
    8,173,839
  • Military EXHD
    6.6% of GDP
  • Population
    26,052,966

Alarm Grows in Washington as Saudi Coalition Attack on Yemen Port Appears Imminent

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday to reconsider his support for a seemingly imminent assault by a Saudi-led coalition on the crucial Yemeni port city of Hodeida. “In the face of Yemen’s senseless humanitarian tragedy, where 19 million people need emergency support, we are committed to using our Constitutional authority […]

US to Increase Support for Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen to Resist ‘Iran’s Mischief’

The United States is looking to increase support for the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen with intelligence-sharing and logistical support but it will not send American troops to combat the Iranian-backed fighters, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to Saudi Arabia accused Iran of playing a destabilizing role […]

U.S. Boosts Military Backing for Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

The Trump administration has significantly increased military support for Sunni Arab states fighting al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Yemen, said U.S. and Arab officials, drawing the U.S. deeper into the two-year civil war there. American support now includes greater intelligence and logistical support for the militaries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, […]

US Navy Beefs Up Red Sea Presence

Responding to a growing number of dangerous incidents in waters around Yemen, the U.S. Navy is expanding its presence in the Red Sea, especially around the Bab el-Mandeb strait at the southern entrance to the waterway. The destroyer Cole was tasked Feb. 3 with patrolling in the region, days after a suicide boat attack by […]

Iran’s Maritime Mirage

Iran is doing enough damage in the Middle East through unconventional methods without requiring a robust navy. That is why an idea floated by a key Iranian military leader to build naval bases in Yemen and Syria makes absolutely no sense. Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of Iran’s armed forces general staff, suggested last month that […]

Iranian-backed Houthis Fire a Shot at the U.S. Navy

While the United States was fixated on the second presidential debate on Sunday night, one of its ships was under fire in the Middle East. Details remain few, but reports suggest that the Houthis, a Yemeni militant group backed by Iran, fired two anti-ship missiles at the USS Mason as it patrolled the Bab el-Mandeb […]

Discerning Iran’s Role in Expanding Houthi Rocket Capabilities

Yemen’s Houthi rebels tested a new rocket last Thursday, marking the fourth new projectile they unveiled this year. Dubbed the Somoud, or “steadfastness,” the projectile’s launch was broadcast late last week across Arab and Iranian media. While observers were quick to point fingers at Tehran, based on its established track record of arming the Houthis, […]

The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]

Containment: The Gulf States’ Game Plan for Yemen

The Saudi-led international coalition operating in Yemen announced late last month it had ended the first phase of its nearly month-long campaign in the country. Though the coalition fell short of its stated goal of returning Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power, it insists that in removing the threat of spillover to Yemen’s neighbors, it […]

Nonstop: Tehran to Sana’a

Iran is delivering arms to Yemen using Pouya Air, an airline previously designated by the United States, according to an Israeli media report on Tuesday. The report sheds light on the fact that, despite rigorous export controls on Iran, Tehran duplicitously continues to funnel arms to its allies and proxies in the Middle East. Pouya […]

Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington’s counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East. Adding insult to injury, as Washington took steps to shutter its embassy earlier this month, the Houthis took all U.S. embassy vehicles parked at […]

Fueling the Fire in Yemen: Iran’s Role

A mere forty-eight hours after the Houthis stormed the presidential palace in Sana’a last month, virtually the entire Yemeni government offered its resignation. The question of the Houthis’ alleged ties to Iran immediately took on new significance. Indeed, evidence of Tehran’s support for its co-religionist rebels in Yemen is growing. The Houthis are an organic […]

Category Name
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Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 605* (0)

Aircraft 123* (50*)

Artillery 459* (0)

Ground Vehicles 1,811* (0)

Guided Munitions 271* (0)

Personnel 266,700 (0)

Ships 136* (0)