Another rousing Obama success in Yemen. The United States embassy (pictured above) has closed and officials are being evacuated due to increased risk as most of the country is taken over by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Houthis dissolved Parliament last week and forced the resignation of the U.S.-backed government.
CNN says United States Special Forces personnel will ‘continue to operate in Yemen conducting training missions with Yemeni forces, as well as retaining the ability to conduct counter-terrorism operations should they be needed’. The drone program is in doubt.
All of this mirrors our Tripoli withdrawal. Libya is now a failed state after Barack Obama waged an illegal war and unseated Gaddafi. The U.S.-backed government at the time asked for training for their police and armed forces but Barack Obama refused.
Britain and France are also withdrawing from Yemen also due to increased threats.
U.S. officials destroyed embassy documents. Rebels seized arms and vehicles after the U.S. left. Heavy artillery were allegedly destroyed by the U.S. U.S. Marines guarding the embassy have left and handed over their weapons as they boarded commercial planes.
Fox News reported that Houthi rebels, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and dressed in police uniforms and civilian clothes, were patrolling the main boulevards of the capital, Sanaa, some in pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
Scattered protests are taking place. Houthis attacked one protest by beating and stabbing demonstrators.
American citizens in Yemen have not been evacuated on order of the government, only warned about the risk of kidnapping. They have been advised to leave.
Gulf allies see the actions in Yemen as a coup and are in panic mode as Iran expands its influence in the region.
Iranians have said the Houthis are a proxy of theirs in the mold of Hezbollah.
Egypt now has to worry about them choking off Suez-bound shipping.
The State Department is trying to sell our flight as “symbolic”. They say diplomacy will continue.
U.S. Defense officials claim they can continue counterterrorism operations to control Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP is one of the world’s most dangerous terror groups and it has a strong foothold in Yemen. It will be difficult, they admit.
A group of Islamist fighters in Yemen renounced their loyalty to Al Qaeda’s leader and pledged allegiance to ISIS, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a Twitter message retrieved by U.S.-based monitoring group SITE.
“We announce breaking the pledge of allegiance to the sheikh, the holy warrior and scholar Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri … We pledge to the caliph of the believers Ibrahim bin Awad al-Baghdadi to listen and obey,” they reportedly said.
Yemen is like the wild west, run by well-armed and diverse tribes and religions.
According to the NY Times, a “senior member of the Houthi political bureau, speaking on the condition of anonymity as a matter of policy, expressed regret about the American move. ‘We didn’t want them to go, and we were ready to work with the American Embassy on measures that would ensure their protection and facilitate their work.’”
Yemen is Obama’s success story along with Somalia and he is using the same strategy he used in Yemen to fight ISIS. It appears to be the strategy of “strategic patience” while the rebels and terrorists are using military force.
Last September, Barack Obama said this:
“This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL 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. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order” he stated.
The U.S. has allowed Iran to take over the Iraqi government and the militias. The U.S. under Obama didn’t even attempt to balance the representation in the militias between Sunni and Shia.
The U.S. is begging Iran for a nuclear deal, giving them even more power. Reportedly, Iran will promise to keep peace in the region in exchange for a good deal from the U.S. In other words, Iran will be dominant in the region with our blessing.
Southern Syria, where non-jihadist rebels had a foothold, is being lost to government forces bolstered by Hezbollah militants and officers of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Barack Obama has asked Congress for war authorization to fight ISIS, the enemy he won’t name. His proposal is vague and will involve no U.S. ground troops. Obama plans to train and arm 12 Iraqi brigades.