On 1 October 2015 forces of the Sunni coalition recaptured the Yemeni side of the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait. They also took over the Perim Island located in the strait.
Bab al-Mandab Strait is one of crucial sea lane chokepoints, which gives it critical global geopolitical significance. Long-term control of this strategic position by the Houthi regime, which is a part if the Iranian sphere of influence, could have very significant consequences for the global balance of power.
This territorial loss by the Houthis comes after a period when the Sunni coalition’s offensive was somewhat stagnating, bogged down as it is in positional fighting in the city of Taiz and the area near Marib.
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