Washington has now opened a direct channel of communication with Iran backed Houthi militia in Yemen. This is the first direct contact in four years where the United States is now trying to end the civil war that has gripped the nation since it started in 2015.
It has been an ongoing conflict that began between two factions, the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi led Yemeni government and the Houthi which then had many other nations hopping onto the civil war bandwagon, hoping to get a share of the rich reserves of oil and gas from the tribal country.
As an opportune moment for the Trump administration, the recent development has come about, as a result of a widening gap between the Saudi-UAE led coalition that was supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. In a sudden turn of events last week, Emirati fighter planes attacked Hadi led forces, leading to a sense of mistrust in Yemen.
In its defense, Saudi Arabia said that it was trying to wade off Al- Qaeda forces that are also taking advantage of the impending civil war in Yemen. Falling to deaf ear, the rebels then have stepped up missile and drone attacks on neighboring Saudi Arabia, a key US ally which heads a military coalition against the Houthis.
America is now looking at ways to end the starting of a possibly bigger regional conflict, which the UN suspects are going to be a catastrophic blow to the general population of Yemen that has already suffered under the ongoing war in its various regions.
“We are narrowly focused on trying to end the war in Yemen,” Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker told reporters during a visit to Al Kharj airbase near the Saudi capital Riyadh. “We are also having talks to the extent possible with the Houthis to try and find a mutually acceptable negotiated solution to the conflict. This is not going to be an easy solution, but what it will do is give America an easy route into Yemen, where the Muslim Brotherhood inspired terrorist groups have been hiding and breeding. Al-Qaeda and ISIS have been silently functioning within Yemen, with the support of the Al-Irsa Party and have been systematically influencing Yemeni youth into joining their cause of converting the world to a global caliphate.