5 Dec 2014

Blog Entry #9

Author: dofield | Filed under: Uncategorized

“St. Pete for Peace”

“U.S. Drone Strikes, Clashes Kill 20 in Yemen: Tribal Source”


Houthi Logo


The first article is a timeline of all of the major events that have happened to Yemen within the past couple of years. It mentions how the Houthi rebels advanced in to Yemen’s capital and occupy it until the appointment of a new prime minister.

The second article describes the fighting among various groups within the country. Fighting between members of Ansar al-Sharia and Shi’ite Muslim rebels has been taking place in central and western Yemen due to the Houthis capturing the capital, Sanaa, in September. ¬†Militants, along with Sunni Muslims, have been fighting against the advance of Houthi fighters, who set to spread out central and west after they captured Sanaa. The Houthis are considered as heretics by al-Qaeda and the Sunni tribesmen. Al-Qaeda conducted a suicide bomb effort that killed 33 people in al-Bayda. Days later 30 Shi’ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighter died in clashes in al Bayda.

The Shift in power among the various groups is due to them striving to be the main power in Yemen. The Houthis were able to capture the capital propelling them to the top power in the country. However, Sunni Muslims, Shi’ite, and Ansar al-Sharia are constantly fighting to gain control. One problem for them however, is that they are constantly against each other along with being against the Houthis.

One Response to “Blog Entry #9”

  1. Christopher Micklethwait Says:

    Great background on drones! Also good analysis of the policy differences between Bush and Obama.

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