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Why Saudi Arabia rolled back its Yemen military action

April 21, 2015
Saudi Arabia announced an end to a month-long air campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, saying they will focus on political efforts and use military action if needed. The White House has sent over an aircraft carrier to beef up security. Meanwhile, a senior rebel leader said a political accord is nearly ready. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill.
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Saudis Announce Halt to Yemen Bombing Campaign

April 22, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, Kareem Fahim | The New York Times
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it was halting a nearly month-old bombing campaign against a rebel group in neighboring Yemen that has touched off a devastating humanitarian crisis and threatened to ignite a broader regional conflict.
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Iran talks face complication: Yemen

April 21, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
The war-torn Arabian nation of Yemen has emerged as a surprise complication for U.S.-Iranian relations in the late stages of President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Tehran.
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Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States

April 20, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, Helene Cooper | The New York Times
To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood.
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Is the news from Iraq getting better?

April 14, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
There is good news in the Middle East. Or so the Obama White House would have you believe. Ahead of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s first visit with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, administration officials say they deserve more credit for progress in Iraq and the fight against militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
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What drove a small sect to take control of Yemen?

April 7, 2015
The U.S. will speed up delivery of arms and intelligence to Saudi Arabia for the fight against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to the State Department. How did the Houthis rise to stage a government coup? Gwen Ifill learns more from journalist Safa al-Ahmad, who offers a rare inside look in a new documentary on Frontline.
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U.S. Defense Chief Warns of Al Qaeda’s Gains in Yemen

April 8, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is seizing territory, exploiting the recent turmoil in the country to capture areas in what has become a broad expansion by the Sunni extremist group, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter of the United States said on Wednesday.
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Tonight on FRONTLINE: The Fight for Yemen

April 7, 2015
With Yemen in chaos, a gripping report from the heart of the escalating conflict. As recently as September, President Obama was pointing to Yemen as a model for the U.S.’s counter-terrorism strategy. But now, the country is being torn apart in a violent sectarian conflict, led by an anti-American rebel movement known as the Houthis. What does it mean for the region -- and the world?
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For G.O.P., Support for Israel Becomes New Litmus Test

March 30, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of undermining the chances of peace in the region, he said nothing more than the kinds of things he had said at times when he was in office a quarter-century ago.
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