March 29, 2015  

    The decision by the 21 nations of the Arab League to create a joint military force because of the crisis in Yemen raises the question: Why didn’t the organization mobilize the same way to fight ISIS in Iraq? Matt Bradley of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Erbil, Iraq, to discuss the muddled situation. Continue reading

  • A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter launches from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde during preparations for a field exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, October 24, 2011. US forces rescued two Saudi pilots from waters south of Yemen. Photo by US Navy/Josue L. Escobosa/Reuters
    March 28, 2015   BY  

    A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. Continue reading

  • Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.  The co-pilot, who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane into the French Alps, may have practiced different descent settings on a previous flights, French prosecutors said Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Reuters
    March 27, 2015  

    In our news wrap Friday, no suicide note was found in the search of the home of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, but a torn-up doctor’s note suggests that he was hiding an illness from employers before he crashed a plane into the French Alps. Also, Saudi Arabia launched new airstrikes against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, targeting three areas, including the rebel-controlled capital. Continue reading

  • People gather at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
    March 27, 2015   BY  

    As Saudi airstrikes against Houthi rebels enter their second day, Unicef has cautioned that a humanitarian crisis in Yemen could become reality within a year. Continue reading

  • Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa
    March 26, 2015  

    In Yemen’s capital Sanaa, people awoke overnight to explosions as Saudi jets bombarded military targets. The goal of the operation, which killed at least 18 civilians, was to drive out Shiite Houthi rebels who have taken over much of the country. Iran, key supporter of the Houthis, denounced the strikes. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

    March 26, 2015  

    Yemen has become the latest flashpoint in a long conflict between Tehran and Riyadh for regional dominance. What do the new developments mean for an already smoldering Sunni-Shia split in the Middle East? Judy Woodruff talks to David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy and Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council. Continue reading

  • Yemenis hold Anti-Houthi demonstration in Sanaa
    March 25, 2015  

    The last vestiges of Yemen’s government crumbled as Shiite Houthi rebels advanced on the city of Aden, offering $100,000 for the capture of the country’s pro-American President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The U.S. State Department said that Hadi left the presidential palace, but there were conflicting reports of where he went. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • Shi'ite Houthi rebels ride on a truck at the compound of the army's First Armoured Division, after they took over it, in Sanaa
    March 25, 2015  

    In Yemen, Houthi Shiite rebels now control the capital, have spread south and west, and are making an advance on Aden, driving out President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Who will rise to power and how does the turmoil affect the region? Leslie Campbell of the National Democratic Institute joins Judy Woodruff to offer analysis. Continue reading

  • Anti-Houthi protesters seek refuge as pro-Houthi police troopers use tear gas to disperse them in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz March 25, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
    March 25, 2015   BY  

    he hasty maritime departure of Yemen’s U.S.-backed president Wednesday illustrated how completely one of the most important American counterterrorism efforts has disintegrated, leaving the country wide open for what could be a deeply destabilizing proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Continue reading

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    March 24, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama declared the Israeli-Palestinian peace process all but over, in the wake of pre-election comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he appeared to rule out endorsing a Palestinian state. Also, forces loyal to Yemen’s pro-American president fought to turn back advancing Shiite rebels, who seized two key towns before being forced to withdraw. Continue reading