If you thought the situation in Yemen couldn’t possibly be made more complicated, you haven’t been paying close attention to US foreign policy, which finds a way to insinuate itself at the most inopportune times imaginable.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been defending Rada, alongside Sunni tribal allies, from a recent offensive by the Shi’ite Houthis, who are themselves backed by parts of the Yemeni military.
The US drone campaign has long targeted AQAP, and that’s not a surprise. Yet getting itself so directly involved in a battle between AQAP and the Houthis risks being controversial, particularly with the Saudi government openly talking about fighting against the Houthis’ expansion in Yemen.
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