Saudi leader ends 1st “decisive” year
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