A Yemeni man looks at a burning vehicle following a reported suicide car bombing in Huta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda jihadists, on March 27, 2017. AFP / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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The United States is considering deepening its role in Yemen's conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, officials say, potentially relaxing a U.S. policy that limited American support.For the moment, however, any increase in direct U.S. assistance may be restricted to nonlethal measures and there was no sign the United States was considering waging strikes on Houthi targets, for example.Iran's role in Yemen has increasingly been the focus of U.S. policymakers since the United States struck Houthi targets with cruise missiles in October in retaliation for failed missile attacks on a U.S. Navy destroyer.The proposed U.S. support could allow America to aid an eventual push on the western port city of Hudaida, which is under the control of the Houthis.
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