The U.S. Embassy in Yemen is preparing for possible evacuation, after somebody fired on an embassy staff-car. Fortunately, there were no one injuries.
In September 2014, President Obama cited Yemen as a positive example for counter terror planners around the globe. That same month, radical Islamists overran the country’s capital, Sana’a after moving out of their northern Yemen stronghold.
The “Yemen Model” was first put in place before 2011’s Arab Spring, creating more chaos across the region and leaving the government paralyzed. The deal dictated redistribution of power among competing political parties.
Compared to Syria and Egypt, the relative ease of the transition in Yemen inspired glowing rhetoric from Obama. However his “Yemen Model” has been helpless to prevent al-Qaeda attacks despite being notified of their specifics days and weeks before.
Since then, radical Islamists associated with Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the leader of an anti-American Shia, have increased their attacks against the central government. Then overnight, they took the country’s presidential palace.
President Abd Rabbuh Manṣūr Hadi was not at the palace, but another residence of his another part of the city, is also under attack. It’s unknown if he’s at that location.
Meanwhile, this evening Obama will speak, telling us how and way he wants to raise our taxes — but don’t expect him to mention “radical Islam,” or his failed “Yemen Model.”