Yemen chaos threatens U.S. counterterror efforts

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Jan. 22, 2015An armored personnel carrier belonging to Yemen’s presidential guard is in the hands of Houthi fighters who seized it during clashes around the presidential palace in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.Hani Mohammed/AP

By Craig Whitlock
The Washington Post

The White House’s strategy for fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen — repeatedly presented as a model by President Obama — was left in tatters Thursday by the resignation of the manwho personally approved U.S. drone strikes in the country and the collapse of its central government.

U.S. officials struggled to sort out a melange of reports about who, if anyone, is in charge in Yemen. The prospect of continued chaos cast doubt on the viability of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policy for Yemen and whether it can still count on local help against al-Qaeda.

“A dangerous situation just went from bad to worse with grave implications for our counterterrorism…

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