Some US counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen for now

By REUTERS
January 24, 2015 06:26

WASHINGTON - The United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaida militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, US officials said on Friday.

The collapse of the US-backed government of Yemen on Thursday has left America's counter-terrorism campaign "paralyzed", two US security officials said, dealing a major setback to Washington's fight against al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a potent wing of the militant network.

Three US officials said the halt in operations included drone strikes, at least temporarily, following the abrupt resignation of the president, prime minister and cabinet amid mounting fears the Arab world's poorest country was veering toward civil war.


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