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Saudi Arabia gets bipartisan backing for Yemen airstrikes

Lawmakers are lining up behind the US ally despite fears of another sectarian proxy war.
An armed man gestures as he stands on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.  REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah - RTR4UXIA

WASHINGTON — Congress and the Obama administration are backing Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen despite growing fears of another sectarian proxy war with Iran.

Lawmakers of both parties lost no time in justifying the Saudi-led intervention against Houthi rebels after deposed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled his southern stronghold for Saudi Arabia on March 25. The statements of support echo similar comments by the Obama administration and suggest Riyadh won't endure much pressure about how it responds in its backyard — at least for now.

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