At the present time, we are not calling for a ground advance inside Yemen, but rather assistance for the Popular Committees in terms of arms, to allow them to defeat the rebellion against legitimate President Haditha Houthis are not capable of defeating Yemen’s tribes; they are running out of arms, while Saleh has begun to betray them. Therefore, what we need is arms to repel Houthi aggression."
Hassin may be giving an overly optimistic view since western media reports claim that the Houthis are actually advancing in Aden in spite of the bombing and there is no reported desertion of Saleh loyalists to the Hadi cause although that may happen eventually.
Adam Schiff, a Democratic Representative from California of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence noted that Al Qaeda (AQAP) was resurging in the chaos. Last week AQAP even seized Mukalla, the capital of a province.
They released at least 300 inmates from the local jail including many of their own members some of them key figures.
For some time the US had touted Yemen as a success story after having their choice become an elected president--with no opponent?
Hadi forces guided by Americans mounted an offensive against AQAP that cleared them out of territory they had held for some time. However, there have been constant guerrilla attacks since in spite of a continuing drone program. Now with the Houthi rebel takeover this is all lost and AQAP is forging alliances with Sunni tribes against the Houthis.
The largest portion of the casualties have been from Saudi airstrikes though some were the result of Houthi clashes with Al Qaeda and Sunni tribes in the southwest. In spite of the air attacks, the Houthis, in tandem with the troops loyal to former president Saleh, have advanced further and have now taken part of the main southern city and port of Aden where until recently Hadi had his headquarters.
The Houthis have already captured the key district of Khor Maksar and were advancing on the presidential palace. The Khor Maksar area contains several foreign consulates and UN offices who were communicating with Hadi until he fled. There have been some clashes between the advancing rebel forces and local militias. Hadi's aides said they had no immediate plan to return to Aden. I guess not!
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.
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