Yemen: Back to Bloodshed

Both sides in Yemen's desultory war reached a point last November when a cease-fire and truce talks seemed about to achieve some kind of settlement. No such luck. The Nasser-backed republicans declined to give up their claim to power in San'a, the capital, and the royalists were not about to abandon the bitter fight waged in the hills by their leader, the deposed Imam Mohamed el Badr.

Last week the truce game was over. Tribesmen supporting the Imam poured out of their mountain fastness to launch a successful attack on Razeh, near the...

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