Click here for my second FrontPage Magazine article this week, this one discussing the dynamics of the war in Yemen. The Yemeni government (along with the Saudis, Egyptians, Jordanians and Moroccans) are trying to fight back the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels, some of whom are being trained by the Revolutionary Guards in Eritrea. This is a full-blown proxy war.
Now, at the same time, the already-stretched-thin Yemeni government is expected to fight Al-Qaeda, which it has tried to strike deals and truces with just like Pakistan has tried to do. The Yemeni security forces has high-level sympathizers of Salafi extremism, and so the comparison is pretty solid. If the U.S. wants Yemen to stop tolerating Al-Qaeda and other radical Sunni elements as a way of fighting the Shiite Houthis, then the U.S. will need to threaten the Yemenis as well as offer to be a far better partner than those militants ever could be.