UAE’s Sphere of Influence in Southern Yemen

Southern Yemen is perhaps the region where strategic divergences within the Saudi-led coalition have become most visible. In the southern Lahij, Abyan and Shabwah governorates, the continued presence of militants linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – which seized control of several southern towns in the past few years – encouraged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to fund and train local counter-terrorism forces (see figure below).…