In Yemen, US gambles on Saudis as sectarian war looms

Yemenis search for survivors in the rubble of buildings destroyed during Saudi air strikes against Huthi rebels, near Sanaa Airport, on March 26, 2015As the United States backs a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Washington runs the risk of undercutting its diplomacy with Iran and becoming embroiled in a regional sectarian conflict running from Aleppo to Sanaa. Despite the risks, and with negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program at a crucial moment, President Barack Obama swiftly endorsed air strikes by a coalition of Gulf countries against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday.

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