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The U.S. has been con­duct­ing drone strikes against Al-qaeda since at least 2002, but its in­volve­ment deep­ened after Pres­i­dent Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi was forced to flee in 2015 by a Zaidi Shi­ite group known as the Houthis. With U.S. sup­port, Saudi Ara­bia formed a coali­tion that has made some gains against the Houthis— which both coun­tries view as a proxy for Iran—but mo­men­tum has not been se­cured; the na­tion is now con­sid­ered “the world’s worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis” by the U.N. The U.S. has re­port­edly de­ployed more troops, prompt­ing law­mak­ers to ap­peal for greater clar­ity on the Pen­tagon’s role in the con­flict.

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