Saudi-led Yemen coalition asks Pakistan to fight Houthis

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The Houthis have been backed by security forces loyal to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose loyalists control elite forces and large combat units in the country’s military. Yemen-based Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered among the most active and dangerous branch of global militant organization, has benefited from the crisis. The chaos also has disrupted a U.S.-led drone strike program targeting suspected militants there.

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Barak Barfi is a research fellow at New America, where he specializes in Arab and Islamic Affairs. Previously, Barak was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.