Monday, May 5, 2008

Yemen's Woes

If you've paid any attention to Yemen, they've had a lot of problems over the last few years. And not all of it is al-Qaeda. There's been a tribal uprising in the north, and now Qatar is trying to mediate between the government and the Shi'ite rebels. So it's also a religious problem. I believe the current government is Sunni. These rebels are Shi'ite - but they're not the same type of Shi'ite as Iran. Iran is 12er Shi'ite (they believe in 12 Imams) and the ones in Yemen are Zaidis, which is 5er Shi'ism. Qatar is Sunni and Shi'ite, but I believe they are 12ers.

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