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    Default Tens of thousands in Yemen Shiite protest

    Sanaa has been been hit today pretty hard by large protests linked to the Houthis group.
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    The leader of the Houthis:


    During a televised speech broadcast by Almaseera television channel on Sunday, Al-Houthi [Pictured above] reportedly gave an ultimatum to the Yemeni authorities to dismiss the government by next Friday, warning that otherwise he will escalate to other options that he did not specify.
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    Background of the Houthis (Copied from the Middle East Monitor):

    The Houthis are a Zaidi Shia insurgent group established in 1992 by Hussein Badr Al-Houthi, who was killed by government forces in mid 2004. This led to six wars between the group stationed in the Saada province and government forces, leaving thousands dead on both sides. The group is viewed as an extension of the Yemeni monarchy, which was present in the north of Yemen before the revolution of 26 September 1962, which unseated the ruling Zaidi Imam. Houthis say that they have suffered from discrimination ever since.
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    The call to insurrection by the Houthis comes at a point where the combats they hold in the northernmost provinces has been escalating again, following a brief pause after they returned the city of Amran (they had captured it in July).

    A press release 4 days ago had already reported the fall in mediation in the province of Al Jawf.
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    24 hours ago, it was also confirmed that a minimum of 15 tribesmen had already died due to this combats, with no specific mention regarding Houthi casualties.

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    All this problematic in the North is simultaneous to continuing combats in the South between government security forces and Aqap (Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsulae).
    A very brief release a few hours ago confirmed some arrests:

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    Ironically, all of this is taking place the exact same day that an UN committee is supposed to arrive to Sanaa to verify on the progress of the supposed democratic reforms and political transition.

    The outcome is pretty hard to predict, but if anything, I've noted that media outlets close to the current government has already begun denouncing the Houthi pressure as an attempt to replicate the Iranian Revolution in Yemen. Hyperbolic, yes, but worth considering at least as a reference.

    Food for thought.

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    yemen has such a rich ancient history sad it turned to this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yehiel View Post
    yemen has such a rich ancient history sad it turned to this
    Personally I had no idea the Houthis were related to the pre 1962 coup. Most of my knowledge of recent history of Yemen is related to the South vs North cold war rivalry, and Saleh's role supporing NATO in the Red Sea.
    I feel like it would be useful to study more their origins and understand the country's situation better.

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    This might be slightly outdated, but here's a 2012 map of the situation in Yemen:



    It's interesting how historical borders overlap. The government + Houthi area is almost exactly the same territory of the former Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen), while AQAP's control is almost entirely over territories that were once part of South Yemen.

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    Houthis are Iranian agents...All Shias are loyal to Iran first, whether zaidi, twelver, ismaili, it doesnt matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wadaad View Post
    Houthis are Iranian agents...All Shias are loyal to Iran first, whether zaidi, twelver, ismaili, it doesnt matter
    Back when the Yemeni Kingdom existed betwen 1918 and 1962, was it then allied with Qajar and then Pahlavi Persia/Iran?

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    Good thing, they must annihilate the sunni scum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ars Moriendi View Post
    Back when the Yemeni Kingdom existed betwen 1918 and 1962, was it then allied with Qajar and then Pahlavi Persia/Iran?
    Not so sure since Pahlavis werent exporting Shiism...but definitely since 1979

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phularion View Post
    Good thing, they must annihilate the sunni scum.
    As far as I can tell. The goal is to get a government friendly to Houthis who would agree with a federative system, which in turn would mean Zaydis get more autonomy in the northern provinces.

    With latest census, the majority of the population in Yemen is Sunni (I'm not sure what % would be if we only considered former Northern Yemen provinces), so it's nigh impossible for any sort of ethnic cleansing to take place, like you suggest.

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