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President Barack Obama held up the US strategy to counter al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen as a model for American counter-terrorism strategy elsewhere. Conditions in Yemen directly affect the success of that model. Yemen faces a myriad of security threats from the al Houthi movement to a southern secessionist movement, as well as deteriorating socio-economic conditions and natural resources. Learn more about the challenges in Yemen.

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Following a takeover of a military base the day before, Al Qaeda successfully freed six of their fighters during an attack on a Yemeni prison. The incident now opens up for questioning of how it will affect U.S.-led anti-terror efforts.

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Pro-Houthi protesters demonstrate to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the uprising that toppled former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa February 11, 2015. The banners read, "Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam".  Reuters

News that the United States has suspended operations at its embassy in Yemen — and reports that Houthi rebels have seized US Marines’ weapons — have laid bare the failure of US policy in the country.

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US Embassy shuts in Yemen, following Lybia, Somalia and Syria. The officials confirmed the embassy would close because of the unpredictable security situation in a country where a rebel group has seized control of the capital, Sanaa.

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Iran’s Fajr satellite launch should bring Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its potential capability to deliver a nuclear payload back on the agenda for the P5+1 negotiators.

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There is no reason to believe that a Shiite version of the one-stop dictator shop that characterized U.S. diplomacy for much of the 20th century will work any better than the earlier Sunni compact that denied tens of millions their democratic aspirations and paved the way to today’s turmoil.

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Iran’s IRGC released a letter expressing support for a Lebanese Hezbollah attack which killed two Israeli soldiers in the Shebaa Farms region on January 28 .

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Followers of the Shi'ite Houthi group wave their weapons as they gather at the group's camp near Sanaa September 10, 2014.

The Sana’a showdown is a sideshow to the slow-motion collapse of the entire Yemeni state. Cui bono? Al-Qaeda. Who loses? The United States of America.

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Followers of the Shi'ite Houthi group wave their weapons as they gather at the group's camp near Sanaa September 10, 2014.

As the Houthis allow themselves to become an Iranian proxy in Yemen, it is useful to consider the region’s other primary proxy—Lebanese Hezbollah—as a model for their behavior.

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ISIS has established a presence inside Yemen and engaged in at least one fight against its rivals from al Qaeda. If this escalates it could further destabilize the key US ally in the war on terror.

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A Houthi fighter fires at forces guarding the Presidential Palace during clashes in Sanaa January 19, 2015. A ceasefire has been agreed after a morning of artillery and gun battles between army troops and Houthi fighters in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, an official of the Shi'ite Muslim movement said. State television also reported a ceasefire.

The situation in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, deteriorated very rapidly over the weekend and developments are still unfolding. The US military is on alert should US Embassy Sana’a require an evacuation, especially after an embassy vehicle was fired on yesterday.

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