Why Iran Might Cut Its Losses in Yemen

Iran is overstretched, and the war in Yemen may not be worth fighting for much longer.

Xander Snyder |November 8, 2018

Over the past three years, there have been many attempts to find a resolution to the war in Yemen. None have been successful. In September, for example, U.N.-brokered peace talks collapsed when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels declined to send a representative. But now, it seems conditions in Iran might force that country to cut its losses and limit its involvement there.

Iran is under serious pressure at home right now due to two factors. The first is U.S. oil and gas sanctions, which went into effect Monday. The regime in Tehran has already faced significant opposition resulting from the country’s economic struggles this year, and the sanctions will likely compound the problem. With declining finances, Iran’s funding of operations in Yemen might divert finances from elsewhere and cause further social strain domestically.

It’s unclear how much money Iran is spending on Yemen, but it has supplied its allies there with munitions, surface-to-air missiles and surface-to-surface b

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