In September 2014, Obama bragged that Yemen was a foreign policy success story.
On Tuesday Houthi rebels seized the Presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen after a brief gun battle.
Shiite Houthi rebels fired on the palace before the siege. (Aljazeera)
The Islamic rebels are holding the president captive at his the palace.
The AP reported:
Shiite rebels in control of Yemen’s capital now hold the country’s president “captive” at his home, his aides said Wednesday, putting in question who actually rules the Arab world’s most-impoverished nation.
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi “cannot leave his house” after Houthi rebels removed his guards and deployed their own fighters there Wednesday, one aide said.
Another described the country being at the “point of no return.” Hadi can’t resign as president as the Houthis have threatened to prosecute him, that aide said. The two aides spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists.
The embattled Hadi — a top U.S. ally in the war against al-Qaida in Yemen — appears to have run out of options to continue governing the country, months after the Houthis began a blitz across the country in September.
It also raises the danger of al-Qaida in Yemen, which claimed the recent attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and failed assaults on the U.S. homeland, could grow more powerful in the chaos.
And here we were told Al-Qaeda was on the path to defeat.