Yemen’s President Hadi, Prime Minister and cabinet all decided to resign earlier today rather than continue to make concessions with the Houthi rebels. This country that was touted as “successful” a few months ago (along with Somalia) now appears to be falling completely apart. The country seems to be descending into a tribal and religious civil war. Just to add to Yemen’s problems, the Islamic State is gaining strength in Yemen and managing to take potential recruits from other terrorist groups. I guess that the Yemeni government won’t be much of an ally to the U.S. anymore. According to White House spokesman John Earnest “We are still assessing the implications“.
Personnel are being pulled out of the U.S. embassy, though it is not fully evacuated yet. The USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry have been moved to the Red Sea in the event that an evacuation is ordered. Perhaps right now would be a good time to do that? I wonder what’s going through the minds of the Marines and State Department personnel still in the embassy? I pray that no harm will come to them, but things are getting worse in Saana and the rest of Yemen.
In other news, on January 17th the Islamic State captured two Japanese citizens, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, and is holding them for a ransom of $200 million. Jihadi John is still busy furthering the cause of the Islamic State it seems. Expecting to be treated differently than American or British journalists at the hands of the Islamic State may not have been a wise idea. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denounced the threat and doesn’t seem willing to give in to the demands. With the current Japanese Constitution, the Japanese couldn’t conduct a rescue option no matter how much they desire it. Perhaps that will change someday soon.
Remember folks, Yemen and Somalia are successful. A real example for the rest of the world to follow.