Al Qaeda Makes Gains in Yemen Thanks to US Allies

August 25, 2015—Americans ignore the war in Yemen at their own peril, because it is becoming the new normal for US policy towards al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda in the Screen-Shot-2015-08-25-at-9.34.38-AM.pngArabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the most active offshoot of al Qaeda, operating in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and it’s making territorial gains all thanks to the US and Saudi Arabia. Most Americans assume al Qaeda is a staunch enemy, and therefore might guess the US and Saudi Arabia are trying to rout them out. But the opposite is true.

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This past March, Yemen’s president (really a dictator, backed by the US and Saudi Arabia) was overthrown by Houthis, Yemeni Shia tribesmen turned rebels. In the midst of negotiations with the Shia government of Iran, the major Sunni state Saudi Arabia pressured the US to prove its loyalty by entering their newly launched war in Yemen. The US obliged, siding with foreign bombers against Yemeni rebels, benefitting al Qaeda in the process.

From Antiwar.com:

“Analysts affirmed what has been apparent throughout the war, that the Saudis are simply not interested in fighting AQAP, and are as a matter of policy turning a ‘blind eye’ while AQAP seizes important territory, instead focusing wholly on the war with the Houthis.”

Also this past March, Foreign Affairs, the magazine of the establishment Council on Foreign Relations published “Accepting Al Qaeda,” the case to make them an ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Is that part of the plan in directly supporting Saudi forces who then leave conquered territory for al Qaeda to take over?

For more context, watch this video and click on the related links below.

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