Brig. Gen. Tareq Saleh has entered the battle against the Iran-backed Houthis on Yemen's Red Sea coast with four well-equipped brigades.
The Iran-backed militia has been purging the ranks of civil service agencies of all employees allied with Saleh's General People's Congress.
Emboldened Shia candidates are running in opposition to Hizbullah's platform in the upcoming May parliamentary elections, at a time when many are openly criticizing the party.
Officials in the region have expressed concern that Iran is trying to meddle in the upcoming Iraqi elections and that it continues to be a 'destabilizing influence'.
The country's electoral body has approved 68 local and international organisations and entities to monitor the elections, slated for March 26th to 28th.
Many of the Arabian Peninsula's tribes can trace their origins to Marib, home of an ancient dam and its modern, UAE-funded replacement.
The 'national salvation' government formed by Iran-backed Houthis is burdening residents with increased prices, nonpayment of salaries and lack of basic services.
The government has announced it will recommit to a policy of non-intervention in conflicts that harm its relations with Arab countries.
Through publicly supporting the Houthis' killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Iranian regime has taken on a deeply unpopular stance that will backfire, experts tell Al-Mashareq.
Co-operation between the two countries has been enhanced this year with the strengthening of a bilateral defence agreement.