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Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

Update and Assessment: April 7, 2015
By The Editors , April 7, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 6
By Alexis Knutsen, April 6, 2015

The al Houthis and allied forces have advanced into central Aden and have solidified control over northern sections of the city, cutting off residents and anti-al Houthi forces from access to the rest of Yemen. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) appears to remain in control of parts of al Mukalla as tribal forces mobilize to try to retake the city.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 3
By Alexis Knutsen, April 3, 2015

Al Houthis continue to expand in south Yemen and temporarily gained control of most of Aden city despite coalition airstrikes. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is beginning to take advantage of the chaos and seized a city on Yemen’s southern coast, freeing an estimated 270 inmates from a local prison.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 1
By Alexis Knutsen, April 1, 2015

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes continued to target al Houthi military sites throughout Yemen for the sixth straight day. The al Houthis and pro-Hadi forces are currently battling for control of the southern port city of Aden. The al Houthis appear to be succeeding in moving forces to southern governorates in an attempt to isolate Aden.

Update and Assessment: March 31, 2015
By The Editors , March 31, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

Iran's Mohsen Rezaei Writes Open Letter to Yemen's Abdul Malik al Houthi
By Mehrdad Moarefian, March 30, 2015

Mohsen Rezaei, Iran's Expediency Discernment Council Secretary and former senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, praised the leader of Yemen’s al Houthis, Abdul Malik al Houthi, in an open letter on March 28.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 27
By Alexis Knutsen, March 27, 2015

An international coalition led by Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against al Houthi positions in Yemen in order to reinstall Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government. The entrance of Gulf and Arab nations’ militaries into the conflict significantly escalates the risk that the Yemen crisis will become a regional war.

The Yemen Mess Is Sparking a Full-Fledged Regional War

Just when Yemen looked like it couldn’t get any worse, this week the Houthis, a Zaydi Shia rebel group from northern Yemen that already controls much of the country’s capital, advanced toward the southern port city of Aden, reportedly forcing the U.S.-recognized Yemeni president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and prompting Saudi Arabia to begin military operations.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 25
By Alexis Knutsen, Daniel O'Keefe, March 25, 2015

The al Houthis and allied military forces seized a strategic military base directly north of Aden from which U.S. troops withdrew days earlier. The al Houthi move is an attempt to force President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to surrender or flee Aden, where Hadi has based his rival government.