An army tank moves on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Nabeel Quaiti
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Saudi-led airstrikes alone are unlikely to crush Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels but a ground incursion would risk a bloody "quagmire" and escalating tensions with Tehran, experts say."History shows that airstrikes without corresponding ground forces do not produce a decisive victory," said Frederic Wehrey of the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.He said this week's raids appeared to be aimed at fixed, pre-identified targets like air bases and command centers, rather than mobile Houthi units, urban fighters or supply lines.A Saudi spokesman for the Arab coalition carrying out operation "Decisive Storm" told reporters on the first day of strikes Thursday that there were no immediate plans to put boots on the ground.Saudi Arabia has reportedly mobilized 150,000 troops near the border but said Thursday it has no plans yet for a ground operation.
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