U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen collapses amid chaos

A man walks past the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, after the road in front of it was opened by police March 4, 2015. (Reuters)

U.S. and Yemeni officials say the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos.

Operations against militants have been scaled back dramatically amid the fall of the government and evacuation of U.S. personnel. What had been consistent pressure on Yemen’s al-Qaeda affiliate has been relieved, the officials say, and a safe haven exists for the development of an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) offshoot.

It's a swift transformation for an anti-terror campaign President Barack Obama heralded just six months ago as the template for efforts to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The shift has left Obama open to criticism that he failed to anticipate the risks of a strategy that aims to put fragile governments and beleaguered local security forces at the forefront.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45