An Arab foreign ministers meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Arab leaders meeting at a summit this week face rapidly deteriorating conflicts in Yemen and Libya, but have yet to agree on a concrete plan to counter a growing threat from Islamist militant groups and regional chaos.Yemen's crisis will be high on the agenda at the March 28-29 Arab League meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, after the country's foreign minister called on Arab states to intervene militarily. The Arab League's deputy secretary general said Wednesday the regional body would discuss a proposal by Yemen's foreign minister for Arab states to intervene directly and halt the Shiite militia's advance.Arab leaders will be presented with a multitude of other challenges at the summit.Arab leaders are also worried about Tehran's tightening grip on Arab states from Iraq to Lebanon and Syria to Yemen. Because Iranian forces and allied militias are spearheading the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, many Sunni Arab leaders believe the United States will do nothing to stop Tehran maximizing its strength across the Middle East.
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