This has been raging for some time, and recent developments have witnessed a severe escalation, so I think it deserves its own thread. Yemen Timeline 2011 * revolution against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had held power for more than 20 years 2012 * Saleh steps down, and vice president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi takes his place 2014 * Iranian-backed Houthi fighters invade the capital city, attack the presidential palace, and force Hadi to accept a power-sharing agreement with rival factions 2015 * Houthis force Hadi to resign, dissolve government, seize power, and install an interim government * Hadi flees to the Yemeni city of Aden, and insists he is still the legitimate president * Hadi flees to Saudi Arabia * Saudi Arabia commences air strikes against Yemen, with the aim of restoring Hadi to power * Yemeni Civil War commences, with the Houthis and allies (supported by Iran and Hezbollah) on one side, and a Saudi-led coalition (supported by the USA) on the other 2016 * Saudi-led coalition kills 140 people and injures more than 600 2017 * famine strikes Yemen, threatening 7 million people; the UN says it could be the worst famine in decades * cholera breaks out in Yemen, causing 5,000 new cases every day Casualties and losses to date: * 8,600-10,000 killed in Yemen (including >5,000 civilians) * 500 killed in Saudi Arabia * 49,900 wounded in Yemen * 3,154,572 people displaced Saudi Arabia Timeline 2017 * Saudi, Egypt and UAE accuse the Qataris of using their media to sow discord in the Arab world, and block Qatari owned websites (including Al Jazeera) * the email account of the UAE ambassador to the USA is hacked, revealing a message in which he encourages the Americans to remove their military base from Qatar, which he says 'sponsors terrorism' * Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt publicly sever ties with Qatar, expel diplomats, and give Qatari nationals and visitors 2 weeks to return home * former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi severs ties with Qatar * Saudi Arabia shuts down Al Jazeera's Saudi office * Saudi's foreign minister says Qatar must end support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood * Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt release information allegedly linking Qatar to terrorist leaders and organisations * Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman seizes power from his cousin in a bloodless coup, becoming the new Crown Prince * Qatar rejects the conditions of a Saudi/UAE offer to restore diplomatic relations * Turkey publicly supports Qatar * negotiations continue between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with conditions and demands adjusted several times but without success * Saudi opens border to Qatari pilgrims so they can attend the Haj, but only on the condition that they use Saudi Arabian Airlines; this infuriates the Qataris even further * Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman announces an anti-corruption crackdown * eleven Saudi princes and four current ministers are arrested; the government seizes their assets * Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns, claiming an assassination threat has been made against him; he accuses Iran and Hezbollah of destabilising the Arab world * a helicopter crashes in Saudi Arabia, killing Saudi Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin (a strong critic of Bin Salman) and senior government officials * credible anonymous sources report that the helicopter was deliberately shot down to silence Bin Muqrin * Bin Salman's 'anti-corruption' campaign continues to seize private property; the Wall Street Journal estimates that the final amount could be $800 billion in assets and cash, which would go a long way towards plugging the holes in Saudi Arabia's massive budget deficit * Lebanon claims that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is currently being held against his will in Saudi Arabia * Saudi Arabia advises Saudi citizens against travelling to Lebanon, and says any Saudis in Lebanon should leave as soon as possible, arousing suspicions of war * the US government refuses to disclose details of a meeting between Saad Hariri and an American diplomat * Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of strengthening ISIS in Yemen * Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supplying ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen * US Navy general confirms that America's 5th Fleet has repeatedly intercepted weapons smuggled from Iran to Yemen since mid-2016 * Hezbollah claims Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon * Saudi-led coalition opens a land border with Yemen to allow the entry of food and aid supplies, but insists that all Yemeni air, land, and sea ports will remain closed Saudi Arabia's proxy war with Iran is rapidly reaching a flashpoint. This is a pretty horrendous situation, with the potential to cause massive damage across the Middle East. The crisis in Yemen is particularly bad, with millions of Yemenis facing starvation after 6 months of Saudi attacks and an ongoing blockade. While Trump's incompetence continues to entertain, we should not allow ourselves to be distracted from the very real possibility of a large scale war in the Middle East.