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Wednesday Papers: or Conflicting Reports

On a visit to the 29th Mechanized Division, President Salih has said that the military would changed tactics to deal with the Huthis, recalling Yemen’s experience in wars in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. AFP reports on the same speech here.

Despite the title of this al-Quds al-Arabi piece, it actually adds little to our knowledge of the clashes yesterday between Huthis and Salafis in Dammaj. In fact most of the article is about a supposed cease fire that would last through Ramadan, although reporting from the region this morning suggests that any talk of a cease fire is wildly premature. It is only the last two paragraphs that deal with clashes in Dammaj, but with no information other than what was reported yesterday.

The Huthis meanwhile have put out a short statement denying the clashes, claiming it is an attempt to incite sectarian war.

Khaled Fattah, a very bright young scholar, weighs in with a piece in the Yemen Times on what to do to save Yemen from its future. I don’t agree with everything he writes, but he has spent a lot of time in Yemen and his opinion should be taken seriously.

Finally, the AP reminds everyone that the Huthis aren’t Yemen’s only security concern with this piece on al-Qaeda, which has quotes from July’s Carnegie event.

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