Hurriyet Daily News quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof on US policy in the Middle East and how the nuclear deal with Iran is interconnected with the conflicts in Yemen and Syria:
Since the United States knows this very well, it easily announced its support for the Yemen operation. Ambassador Frederic Hof, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, explains this as follows: “The U.S. administration’s top Middle East priority is to get a nuclear agreement with Iran. And since it sees Syria as central to Iranian designs, it fears pushing back against Tehran there could prompt it to withdraw from the nuclear talks.”
“However,” Hof continues, “the United States does not have a similar fear with respect to Yemen.” This is because it knows the Houthis are not a matter of life and death as Bashar al-Assad is for Iran.