The Yemeni civil/regional war that started last March has been chronically and damagingly underreported, by the media and right here in Countdown's five quick takes of the week. So we are going to do our darnedest to fix that because the suffering and politics involved in Yemen are pretty unbelievable. Back in August, the United Nations estimated that 10,000 people have died in the cross fire of Yemen's civil war, Saudi's bombings, Iran's interference, and the U.S.'s "logistical support." The civil crisis and regional proxy war has largely been ignored as the U.S. and international community has focused on fighting ISIL and talking about ending the conflict in Syria. But Yemen commanded acute attention over the weekend when the latest Saudi airstrike on densely populated civilian areas struck a wedding killing over 140 people, the images are horrific. The U.S. didn't take kindly to the Saudi assault on civilians (which, for what it's worth, Saudi claims was a mistake), and announced the U.S. would begin a review of U.S. assistance because “U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check.” We even dispatched a high ranking State Department official to the region to take some meetings. While the Saudi actions have only prompted words, reviews, and meetings - when the Houthi side launched missiles at a U.S. warship nearby the U.S. responded this morning with fire power, targeting radar sites with cruise missiles. A Pentagon spokesman said “these limited self-defense strikes" were for protection of U.S. assets in the region, but warned that future threats will be responded to similarly. This has all the hallmarks of a major escalation in U.S. involvement and might just be a turning point in the war. We hope that it turns for the better, but given the reckless disregard for human life we see happening - we're worried.

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