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
  • Military EXHD
    6.6% of GDP
  • Population

US Drones Kill 3 AQAP Fighters in Yemen Airstrike

The US killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in the first recorded drone strike in Yemen since the end of August. The strike took place in an eastern province of Yemen where AQAP has been regrouping over the past year. The remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers killed the […]

Yemen, UK Discuss Strengthening Military Cooperation Aspects

Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed met on Monday with British ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott. They dealt with the issues of common concerns, topped by strengthening the cooperation and the existing partnership between the armies of the two countries in the military aspects, especially in the fields of training, rehabilitation and exchanging information […]

Yemen, France Start Joint Military Exercises in Red Sea

Yemen’s navy and France’ marine forces started joint military exercises on Friday in Yemen’s western territorial waters in the Red Sea, the Yemeni official Saba news agency reported. The five-day exercises are part of the two countries’ joint efforts to counter piracy, arms smuggling and illegal migration, as well as to secure the international maritime […]

Yemen Sunni Islamists, Shiite Rebels Cease Fire: Official

Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists have stopped fighting in a northern Yemeni town after reaching a ceasefire that was urged by the Red Cross, a military official said Saturday. Three days of clashes that killed at least 11 people ended at 5:00 pm (14:00 GMT) on Friday, the official said according to the defence ministry […]

Russian-Made Yemeni Military Jet Crashes in Sanaa

A Russian-made Yemeni military jet ploughed into a residential district of the capital Sanaa on Monday, killing the pilot, officials said, and witnesses said it exploded in mid-air before crashing. The Sukhoi crashed into “Al-Asbahi residential district in southern Sanaa,” a military official told AFP. […]

Military Aid to Yemen Doubles as U.S. Aims to Boost Fight Against Al-Qaeda

The U.S. Defense Department said it will finish spending $155 million by the end of September on equipment to help Yemen’s army commandos fight al-Qaeda, more than double last year’s military aid to that country. The Pentagon notified Congress it plans to pay for four Huey helicopters made by Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter unit, upgrades to 10 Russian-made […]

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Regional tensions escalated as Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attempted missile strike on its capital by Yemeni rebels. On November 4, Saudi defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) at a Riyadh airport. President Trump quickly endorsed Saudi claims of Iranian responsibility, telling reporters, “A shot was just taken by Iran, […]

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 […]

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