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In Yemen, a Ready-Made Quagmire Awaits

Feb 7, 2017 | 04:02 GMT
U.S. goals in Yemen's Civil War
Newly recruited Houthi fighters in Sanaa on Feb. 2. If the United States gets more involved in the conflict against the Houthis, it will expose itself to a host of dangers, not least of all the risk of mission creep.
(MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

If the United States is looking for a quick way to demonstrate its strength against Iran, it is unlikely to find one in Yemen. After spending two years conducting airstrikes against the Houthi rebels to little visible effect, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have learned the hard way that Yemen is no place for quick, easy military victories....

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