July 19-22, 2017
Yemen has slowly disolved into chaos in the weeks following the capture of Sanaa, the nation’s capit0l, by Iran-backed Houthi militiamen. Security pundits have declared Yemen a “failed state,” and many forecast that the nation will follow a course similar to Libya with increased fighting between rival factions for territory and influence. Eric Schmitt reports that the decision to withdraw 125 United States Special Operations advisers from the beleagured nation represents a major setback to the US as it seeks to combat the growing influence of ISIL and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in an increasingly unstable Middle East.
Eric Schmitt reports in The New York Times here.