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Chaos in Yemen undercuts US war against AQAP

A member of a coalition of fighters made up of local tribes, who are all opposing the Shiite-Huthi movement, drives a T-62 tank at the Al-Anad airbase, Yemen, on March 24, 2015Yemen’s descent into chaos has undermined the US campaign against Al-Qaeda there, forcing Washington to abandon a strategy once touted as a model for counter-terrorism efforts. President Barack Obama’s decision last week to withdraw all remaining US troops in Yemen from a base in the south underlined the gravity of the situation, with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) now potentially posing an even greater danger to the West, experts and former intelligence officials said. “Certainly a repositioning of our forces out of Yemen would make our fight against AQAP more difficult, there is no question about that,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters Tuesday.

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