You haven’t heard much about Yemen since
. But Yemen's conflicts (like
In 2011, Yemen rode the
wave that was sweeping through the region, and minority groups overthrew the country’s dictator.
stepped in, and eventually became one of the US’s
Enter: the Houthis. They’re an Iran-backed rebel group that has been pushing for
for a while. In 2015, they stopped asking and
. They kicked out Saudi-backed Hadi and sent him on a
in Saudi Arabia. He was able to
Saudi Arabia has been
against the Houthis. Iran responded by
off Yemen’s coast. The
by sending its own warships. After a while, the UN stepped in and said, 'let's talk this out.' They helped put a
Because Yemen’s become a
between Iran (pro-Houthis) and Saudi Arabia (pro-Hadi) – two top dogs in the Mideast that are backing opposite sides of the fight. Because Yemen sits on a major
– al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – is one of al-Qaeda's most active branches and have set up camp in Yemen. Over the last few years, they’ve become a major terror threat to the West. They’re the ones responsible for
. They also claimed responsibility for the
in Paris. AQAP doesn’t have a side in this fight. But they turned chaos into opportunity by stepping up their recruiting and
One more thing. The World Health Organization says that the war has caused a
. Now, the country is facing a deadly cholera outbreak. Nearly
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