As the Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi militia consolidated its control of Yemen’s capital over the weekend and continued its advance southward, the U.S. counter terrorism strategy for the nation is being seen for what it is — a failure.
Praised just six months ago by President Barack Obama as a model for the new U.S. war on terror, the plan has failed in Yemen amid reports the last of the U.S. special forces in the country have been withdrawn.
Indeed Yemen, once seen as a staunch U.S. ally and a strategic asset close to Saudi Arabia, has come into Iran’s sphere of influence.
During Obama’s administration, the U.S. has spent millions on efforts to secure Yemen’s government. Under ousted President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, U.S.-supported Yemeni troops were conducting raids on Al Qaida militants as Iran-backed Houthi militia were moving in on the capital city.
Since September, the Shi’ite Houthis have ousted Hadi, dissolved the parliament and taken several government sites. Al Qaida has, in turn, exploited the imploding state. Last month, the U.S. evacuated embassy personnel and withdrew the rest of its military forces over the weekend.
Full article: As Iran-backed forces advance in Yemen, Obama’s terror strategy questioned (World Tribune)