James Mattis urges Trump to be more aggressive in Yemen

It would mean that the USA would work more closely with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - but would stop short of putting boots on the ground to take the Red Sea port of Hodeida.

"In the last few months...there has been growing evidence of Iranian involvement on the weapons front", said Iona Craig, a reporter who was living in Sanaa at the time in the beginning of the war.

Sunday will mark two years since the escalation of the current conflict.

The court found Hadi guilty of "usurping the title of president after the end of his term in office" in February 2014, "instigating attacks by Saudi Arabia" and "undermining the independence and integrity of the Republic of Yemen", the rebel-controlled Saba agency said late on Saturday.

"Only the Saudi-led coalition has military aircraft".

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Mattis's March memo called for "limited support" of coalition operations that include a planned offensive to retake Hodeida, a vital Red Sea port that has been damaged in the fighting with Houthi rebels.

More than seven million "are hungry and do not know where their next meal is coming from", the UN emergency relief coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, told the UN Security Council earlier this month Those going hungry in Yemen had increased by three million since January, he said.

The proposed assistance does not include putting USA military forces on the ground in this operation, the official said.

"We're interested in building the capability of the Saudis" to operate in Yemen and elsewhere, one USA defense official told Foreign Policy magazine, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Human rights groups warned Washington that such a deal would feed the crisis in Yemen, even as the United States attempts to bar entry to civilians trying to flee the conflict under a proposed travel ban that would cover travellers from Yemen and several other mainly-Muslim states. Saudi Arabia denied responsibility and has ignored calls by Somalia to investigate.

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"You can't overestimate the degree the Saudis were frustrated and felt the Obama White House was hostile to them", said Gerald Feierstein, who served as ambassador to Yemen from 2010 to 2013.

A former senior Iranian security official said Iran's hardline rulers planned to empower Houthi militia in Yemen to "strengthen their hand in the region". The same year, the Houthis came to the negotiating table to help draft a power-sharing agreement with other Yemeni factions through a UN-sponsored National Dialogue Conference. The High Commissioner has repeatedly called for an worldwide investigation into abuses by all parties to the conflict, yet the laws of war continue to be violated and true accountability is starkly lacking.

But Iran's actions in Yemen seem to reflect the growing influence of hardliners in Tehran, keen to preempt a tougher policy towards Iran signaled by U.S. President Donald Trump. This war, waged by the obscenely wealthy royal families of the gulf oil sheikdoms against what was already the poorest nation in the Arab world, has killed some 12,000 Yemenis, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, and wounded at least 40,000 more.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, increasingly sought to limit US ties to the civil war in Yemen and his administration became unnerved by civilian casualties caused by the Saudi-led coalition, which have come under intense global scrutiny.

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