Yemeni solders stand at attention during a military ceremony in Mukalla. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Two years after Al-Qaeda militants withdrew from Yemen's eastern city of Mukalla, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates patrol the streets in armored vehicles, driving past secessionist murals and keeping an eye out for militant sleeper cells. The city on the Gulf of Aden, hundreds of kilometers from the front lines of the devastating war with the Houthis, offers a glimpse at other conflicts simmering in Yemen, which threaten to boil over even if the latest international push for a truce in Stockholm this week succeeds.Yemen's war pits the Houthis rebels who hold the capital, Sanaa, and much of northern Yemen against an internationally backed government that is heavily dependent on Saudi and Emirati forces and is allied with various local armed groups.Initially a civil war, Yemen's conflict has grown into a regional conflict.Trump also ordered a January 2017 raid in Yemen that killed a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 other people, including women, children and an estimated 14 militants.An August shooting in Aden at a military college graduation ceremony apparently was sparked by officials flying Yemen's flag, as opposed to South Yemen's.
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