Yemeni official: ‘Now is end of this crazy war’ | Conflict Zone

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    The civil war in Yemen has led to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The internationally-recognized government backed by the military might of a Saudi-led coalition controls the air but not the capital, Sana’a. There, a “government” led by the Houthi militia, itself supported by Iran manages the misery and allegedly carries out acts of impunity. Tim Sebastian asks Hisham Sharaf the Houthi-backed “foreign minster” why Houthi forces won’t stop the killing.

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    Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

    Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

    Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

    The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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  • In This Story: Yemen

    Yemen, officially the Republic of Yemen, is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab sovereign state in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 square kilometres. The coastline stretches for about 2,000 kilometres.

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