Remind us again how this is one of Obama’s foreign policy success stories.
Shiite Houthi fighters tightened their grip on Yemen’s capital after seizing control of the presidential palace, threatening to plunge Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbor deeper into sectarian conflict.
The Houthis seized an army base that houses rocket systems in the mountains on the edge of Sana’a, al-Masdar independent news website reported, citing military officials it didn’t identify. The rebels manned checkpoints, blocked the road to the palace and reinforced their positions around the residence of U.S.-backed President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi, who hasn’t made a public appearance since fighting started three days ago.
Yemen’s government has struggled to exert authority over much of the country amid challenges by ethnic separatists, political protesters and Islamist militants, who Hadi battled with U.S. military support. The resulting power vacuum caused alarm in Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, and enabled al-Qaeda to expand its operations. The group’s Yemen branch claimed this month’s killings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.
This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out [the Islamic State] wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.
But hey, free community college, or something.