Saudi leader ends 1st “de­ci­sive” year

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Aya Ba­trawy

cy power in the hands of Mo­hammed bin Sal­man car­ried a “la­tent risk” with other mem­bers of the royal fam­ily, the pub­lic and al­lied states in the re­gion.

In con­trast to the cau­tious and pa­ter­nal rep­u­ta­tion Ab­dul­lah had earned, Sal­man’s reign has been fre­quently de­scribed by the Saudi govern­ment press as “de­ci­sive,” a termborn out of his de­ci­sion to­launch the “Op­er­a­tion De­ci­sive Storm” mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion inYemen.

While Ab­dul­lah’s for­eign pol­icy also sought to­counter the in­flu­ence of pre­dom­i­nantly-Shi­ite Iran, it­was Sal­man who com­mit­ted Saudi war­planes and ground troops out­side the coun­try’s bor­ders to fight the Shi­ite rebels who had forced Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally- backed govern­ment into ex­ile. Ten months into the Ye­men war, the mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion hasproved­con­tro­ver­sial, its suc­cesses ques­tion­able; the con­flict has killed 5,800 peo­ple since March and left more than 80 per­cent of theYe­meni pop­u­la­tion in dire need of food and wa­ter, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional aid agen­cies.

Jour­nal­ists raise their hands to ask ques­tions at a press con­fer­ence Satur­day with Saudi For­eign Min­is­ter Adel al-Jubeir and U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry in Riyadh. Jacquelyn Martin, AFP/Getty Im­ages

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