How Al Qaeda’s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen



Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and entire government cabinet resigned en masse today, just 24 hours after Houthi rebels occupied the presidential compound in Sanaa.

The resignations give unprecedented power to the Houthis, a Shiite minority from the country’s isolated northern highlands.The political crisis also opens the door to an all-out war over control of the Yemeni capital, involving Sunni political factions and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. The conflict could also draw in Saudi Arabia, the United States and Iran.

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