Editor’s Note: Yemen's civil war has dragged on for years, and the destruction and suffering there intensified after the Saudi and UAE intervention in 2015. Although Riyadh's role gets far more attention than Abu Dhabi's, it was UAE forces that often had the biggest impact on the ground. Earlier this year, however, the UAE announced it was suddenly ending its intervention. Michael Knights of the Washington Institute spent considerable time with UAE forces in Yemen, and he assesses the lessons that the UAE is learning, and should learn, from its intervention.
Michael Knights is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has studied Yemeni and Gulf military affairs since the late 1990s and has visited Yemen since 2006, including four trips to Yemeni battlefields in 2018.
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