Regime and Periphery in Northern Yemen: The Huthi Phenomenon by Barak A. Salmoni

By Barak A. Salmoni

For almost six years, the govt. of Yemen has performed army operations north of the capital opposed to teams of its voters referred to as 'Huthis.' regardless of utilizing all ability at its disposal, the govt. has been not able to subdue the Huthi stream. This booklet offers an in-depth examine the clash in all its points. The authors element a few of the phases of the clash and map out its attainable destiny trajectories.

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The Huthi movement is based on the family of the same name, native to the Sa‘da governorate north of San‘a. The Huthi family is part of the Zaydi branch of Islam, which considers political legitimacy to derive from descent from the family of the Prophet Muhammad. S. and anti-Israel slogans in San‘a. Husayn al-Huthi was killed by the government in September 2004 and was succeeded by his brother, ‘Abd al-Malik. There have been six GoY-recognized phases of war, ranging from one to eleven months in duration, and the intermittent violence has increasingly evolved into rolling conflict.

The rest of the YAR was comparatively marginalized in material Introduction 5 and development terms. The Sa‘da– ‘Amran–Hajja area, in particular, was neglected by the republican regime in terms of infrastructure, social welfare, education, and security presence. This comparative deprivation became much more significant in the 1980s and beyond, when the first post-imamate, republican generation of Zaydis reached maturity. Young Zaydi males—including those later entangled in the Huthi conflict— gained dual exposure to the wider world.

What have been the quality and sources of their weapons and means of movement? How do we evaluate engagements with GoY forces with respect to magnitude and outcomes? How are notions of command, control, and communications interwoven with the local sociocultural fabric? —at different points along their developmental trajectories? Chapter Eight focuses on the wrenching socioeconomic and human impacts of the Huthi-regime conflict: • What has been the human, economic, and environmental toll of mass destruction and loss of life in the conflict zone?

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