We’re Fighting For This:
Shiite rebels are Yemen’s new masters after overruning capital
SANA, Yemen — The capital of Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest and perhaps most chronically unstable nation, has new masters.
Anti-American Shiite rebels are stationed at checkpoints and roam the streets in pickups mounted with anti-aircraft guns. The fighters control almost all state buildings, from the airport and the central bank to the Defense Ministry.
Only a few police officers and soldiers are left on the streets. Rebel fighters have plastered the city with fliers proclaiming their slogan — “Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam” — a variation of a popular Iranian slogan often chanted by Shiite militants in Iraq and supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Now the Houthis, who many think are backed by Shiite-led Iran, are poised to become Yemen’s version of the Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon — top power brokers dominating the government and running a virtual state within a state.