Forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Abrabbuh Mansur Hadi have seized the coastal town of Al-Mokha in Yemen, according to a report by Reuters. The action represents progress for the embattled president and his Gulf Arab allies as the civil war with regional and global implications approaches its second anniversary.
Following the Iranian-backed Houthi offensive to oust Hadi from power in 2014, the civil war in Yemen has become a classic regional proxy war between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and to a lesser extent the United States and other western nations.
To further complicate the issue, ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have capitalized off the chaos throughout the country to establish legitimate footholds in the ungoverned stretches of land throughout Yemen.
Yemen has consistently topped the global lists for poverty and humanitarian crises for decades. The country has endured political chaos in its recent history as Sunni and Shia governing parties, each controlling significant areas of the country and population centers, have clashed over writing a new constitution and political system.