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The 2015 Battle for Aden turned out to be a brutal, scarring experience. Today, three years later, Osama and Ahmed wander a shattered city, disillusioned. The Battle of Aden began in March 2015, when the Houthis, who overran the north the previous year, stormed south and attacked Aden, the last bastion of the government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.For Osama, Ahmed and their friends, it wasn't a fight for Hadi, it was for the south against the north. Osama and Ahmed saw friends blown apart by rockets and mines, along with women and children.Over the past year, open warfare has broken out in Aden's streets between pro-UAE and pro-Hadi militias.To Osama and Ahmed, any veneer of a patriotic fight is gone – all they see is greed and self-interest. Mohammed Abu Hassan, a 30-year-old who also fought in the Battle of Aden, now can't bear to look at a weapon.
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