Saudi Arabia has started massing troops along its border with Yemen, as the Houthi forces continue their rapid advance towards the southern port of Aden. Meanwhile, Western-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has fled Aden with Saudi help. The WSJ reports:
Over the past week, the Houthis advanced on the south of the country and closed in Wednesday on Aden. Yemen’s ousted dictator,Ali Abdullah Saleh, has aligned himself with the Houthis against Mr. Hadi and forces loyal to the Mr. Saleh have aided the group’s advance. […]The Houthi advance has raised the prospect of military intervention by Yemen’s northern neighbor Saudi Arabia, Mr. Hadi’s most important ally. U.S. officials said Wednesday that they had detected a buildup of Saudi military forces near the border with Yemen.The Houthis are believed to be backed Shiite Iran, Saudi Arabia’s rival for power and influence in the Middle East.
The situation on the ground is worsening by the day. And Riyadh, faced with an Iranian-backed uprising next door, fears a spillover into its oil-rich Eastern Province, home to a large Shi’a population.With a civil war brewing, Saudi Arabia gathering its troops, and the U.S. pulling out its special forces and rolling up anti-terror efforts that the President once touted, Yemen is quickly becoming yet another black mark on the Administration’s already spotty foreign policy record.