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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Islamists storm the Yemen Presidential Palace

Another Obama "Victory"

  • Shiite insurgents stormed the presidential palace. The country’s plunging toward sectarian civil war. The big winner: the group that claimed the Charlie Hebdo murders reports The Daily Beast.
  • Obama's unconstitutional bombing intervention in Yemen's civil war is ignored by both parties in Congress.  I guess just minding our own business was not in the cards.

ISTANBUL — Shiite rebels stormed the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Tuesday, increasing chances the country will plunge into a broader sectarian conflict and hugely complicating American efforts to combat al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, long considered the most dangerous branch of the terror network.
Four months ago President Obama cited Yemen as a drone-led model for counter-terrorism, saying the “strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
That strategy looked shaky then, where Yemen was concerned, and it’s a disaster now.
The beleaguered U.S.-backed president of Yemen, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, wasn’t in the palace when Shiite insurgents swept into it after days of violence. He had taken refuge in his family home in downtown Sanaa, but rebels soon went after him there, too. President Hadi has been the lynchpin in the Obama’s administration’s strategy of taking out senior and mid-ranking al Qaeda fighters in Yemen with drone strikes.
“This is a step toward a coup and it is targeting the state’s legitimacy,” Yemeni Information Minister Nadia Sakkaf told the Associated Press. She posted on her Twitter account that the president’s own home had been under “heavy shelling since 3:00 PM by armed forces positioned over rooftops facing his house.” Later she said the fighting is “the completion of a coup,” adding, “the President has no control.”
Col. Saleh al-Jamalani, the commander of the Presidential Protection Force, told news agencies the rebels started looting arms depots in palace the grounds as soon as they seized control.
The taking of the palace by rebels loyal to Abdulmalik al-Houthi marks a dramatic escalation in a four-month-long standoff between the government and Shiite rebels from the north, who seized control of most of the capital in September and who are angry with a draft constitution that would divide the country into six federal regions.
With the country plunging ever deeper into chaos, Republican Senator John McCain tartly tweeted Monday, “More problems in Pres Obama’s anti-terror ‘success story.’”
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Fighting shakes Yemen capital

Drone strikes in Obama's unconstitutional
war in Yemen.

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