Yemen: U.S. Backed Government Forced to Flee, but Will that Stop Them?*
By Joseph Lemiuex
The United States has chosen to abandon their diplomatic embassy in Yemen. The U.S. backed government of Yemen has been effectively taken over by Houthi rebels. During the evacuation of the staff, the Houthis would not allow departing U.S. Marines to leave with their weapons.
The Houthi rebels seized U.S. Marines’ weapons at the airport, and the American troops also handed over some weapons to random airport officials. This also includes any vehicles that were driven to the airport by American personal.
Prior to the evacuation, embassy officials burned tens of thousands of documents and also destroyed some weapons held at the facility, effectively destroying the footprint of our involvement with Yemen.
Although the Yemeni government has fallen, the U.S. Government claims to still be conducting military operations in the area. The Pentagon plans to continue counter terrorism training with Yemeni security forces, as well continuing as the drone program.
“They are still capable of conducting counterterrorism operations in Yemen, and frankly … there’s some counterterrorism training that’s still ongoing … with Yemeni security forces,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.
Rumors of the US negotiating with Houthi rebels have been circulating, but so far an unconfirmed.
Yemen has the looks of a U.S. involved failed state, again. The future of these rebels will likely depend on their cooperation with the U.S. Government moving forward. One can only guess by these events, the Houthi rebels don’t approve of the American government.
But which sane person does…