Aden showdown tests Saudi project to tame Yemen

April 2, 2015 9:58 AM

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DUBAI (Reuters) - A week of bombing by a Saudi-led coalition has failed to force Yemen's Houthis to the negotiating table or rupture their alliance with a powerful ex-president, and the defiant militia could now claim the second city of Aden as its next prize.

The fall of the southern port would be more than a symbolic blow to Riyadh: It would complicate Saudi efforts to persuade Yemeni tribal and army units to turn on the Iranian-allied Houthis.

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