ALI ABDULLAH SALEH
Timeline: Yemen war began in 2014 when Houthis seized Sanaa
Yemen’s war began in September 2014, when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa. Here are some key events:___September 2014: The Houthis, Yemen's Iran-backed rebels allied with forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, seize Sanaa. October 2016: An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hits a crowded funeral in Sanaa, killing at least 140 mourners. March 1, 2020: Houthi rebels take control of the strategic city of Hazm, the capital of Jawf province. AdFeb. 4, 2021: Biden says the U.S. is ending support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and calls for a cease-fire.
EXPLAINER: What US ending Saudi war support means for Yemen
Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and other countries, entered the war alongside Yemen’s internationally recognized government in March 2015. AdIran, seeing the opportunity to aid a war of attrition against rival Saudi Arabia, has backed the Houthis. AdMeanwhile, the U.S. sold bombs and fighter jets to Saudi Arabia that the kingdom later used in strikes on Yemen that also killed civilians. America also has deployed U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia after it came under a drone-and-missile attack in 2019 that temporarily halved its oil output. Biden's announcement appeared designed to put new pressure on Saudi Arabia to end its coalition campaign there.