Does the seizure of Yemen’s capital by Houthi rebels represent a gift for Tehran?

September 25, 2014 9:16 PM

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Does the seizure of Yemen’s capital by Houthi rebels represent a gift for Tehran?

DUBAI: The lightning takeover by Shiite rebels of Yemen’s capital this week is a potential boost for Iran against its rival Saudi Arabia, while the U.S. is preoccupied with fighting jihadists, analysts said.

It is still unclear what the links are between the Ansarullah, or Houthi, rebels and Shiite-ruled Iran, but Tehran will no doubt be pleased by a move that offers the prospect of expanding its influence on the Arabian Peninsula.

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