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Global Journalist: Yemen's Hidden War

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The conflict in Syria gets the headlines, but 2,000 miles south in Yemen a separate civil war has brought an already impoverished country to its knees.

More than 80 percent of the country's population is in need of humanitarian aid - aid many can't get because of the fighting.

As Shia rebels backed by Iran have battled the country's Saudi Arabia-backed Sunni government, al-Qaida and the Islamic State have taken advantage of the chaos to expand their influence.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the humanitarian and political crisis in Yemen and the threat posed by international extremist groups in the country.

Joining the program are:

  • Scott Shane, a reporter for the New York Times and author of the book: "Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President and the Rise of the Drone."
  • Adam Baron, a Yemen researcher and visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Nawal al-Maghafi, a reporter and documentary producer who has worked with the BBC and other news outlets.

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