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Provincial Rebel Leader Turns Yemen Power Broker

When Shi'ite Muslim fighters defeated presidential guards and tightened their grip on Sana'a this week, it cemented the role of their shrewd, practical young leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi as Yemen's predominant power broker. His Houthi movement, founded by his elder brother over a decade ago and named for the family, has controlled the capital since September after winning a series of battles with army units and Sunni tribes in its northern heartland. Yet despite the...

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