By Anaida Kuthiala, Army Institute of Law, Mohali.
A reminiscent of the “Great Game”1 played out in Afghanistan, between the Great Britain and Russia which was a strategic rivalry and conflict for attaining supremacy in central Asia, more than a thousand years ago, was the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran engaged in their own decade-long strategic contention for power and influence. The Houthis2, a Zaidi group, began as a theological3 movement preaching peace, but now they find themselves at the centre of an international conflict. This movement turned hostile in the year of 2004 on the grounds of self-defence when the first war with the Govt. erupted, the aftermath of which was that the then president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh sent Govt. forces to stop the Houthi’s protests in the mosques situated in Yemen, during which the then leader of the Houthi’s group was killed. (more…)