Game Is On To Control Yemen's Oil


Whoever manages to control Yemen’s state resources, and particularly its oil, will be able to wield control over the country’s tribes by restoring the system of patronage relied on by ex-president Saleh for decades. The game to control this system is now intensifying. The playing field in this Yemeni battle is extremely complex, and includes Houthi rebels in the north, separatists in the south, an increasingly emboldened al-Qaeda cluster, a divided military, a new government and a Saleh family network that still controls key positions.                                             …

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