This is a fascinating, disturbing story. Our alliance with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and our support for their proxy war in Yemen has led us back into what looks a lot like a de facto alliance with al Qaida. At a minimum it’s an agreement not to fight each other. It’s complex of course. But the key is that fighting the Houthis, Shia rebels backed by Iran, trumps fighting al Qaida. In addition to this, “coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaida militants, or those who were recently members, because they’re considered exceptional fighters.” It’s a must-read. Read it here.