Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the area.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Houthis had agreed to enter a “political process” during which the air campaign and fighting on the ground would be suspended. Continue reading

As Iran-backed forces advance in Yemen, Obama’s terror strategy questioned

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war on terror, the plan has failed in Yemen amid reports the last of the U.S. special forces in the country have been withdrawn. Continue reading