>What is happening in Yemen is quite concerning to the Obama Administration from several aspects. The U.S. has a large naval base there, for starters. The Obama foreign relations advisors have been quick to say that the U.s. must back the winner here, whoever it is.
That’s the strangest policy I have ever heard. We used to make policy. Now under Obama we acquiesce to policy forced on us — in this case by the rebels who will ultimately overthrow the Yemen government. We don’t want to be seen supporting a falling dictator.
Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press
Yemenis demonstrated Monday in Sana, Yemen’s capital.
WASHINGTON — Counterterrorism operations in Yemen
have ground to a halt, allowing Al Qaeda
’s deadliest branch outside of Pakistan to operate more freely inside the country and to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States, American diplomats, intelligence analysts and counterterrorism officials say.
Bryan Denton for The New York Times
Yemeni counterterrorism soldiers, above, training outside Sana.
In the political tumult surrounding Yemen’s embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh
, many Yemeni troopshave abandoned their posts
or have been summoned to the capital, Sana, to help support the tottering government, the officials said.Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
, the group’s affiliate, has stepped in to fill this power vacuum, and Yemeni security forces have come under increased attacks in recent weeks.
A small but steadily growing stream of Qaeda fighters and lower-level commanders from other parts of the world, including Pakistan, are making their way to Yemen to join the fight there, although American intelligence officials are divided on whether the political crisis in Yemen is drawing more insurgents than would be traveling there under normal conditions.
Taken together, these developments have raised increasing alarm in the Obama administration, which is in the delicate position of trying to ease Mr. Saleh out of power
, but in a way to ensure that counterterrorism operations in Yemen will continue unimpeded. These developments may also help explain why the United States has become less willing to support Mr. Saleh, a close ally, given that his value in fighting terrorism has been diminished since demonstrations swept his country.
Some experts on Yemen who have observed Mr. Saleh’s long domination through political shrewdness speculated that he might be deliberately withdrawing his forces from pursuing Al Qaeda to worsen the sense of crisis and force the Americans to back him, rather than push him toward the exits.
But a senior American military officer with access to classified intelligence reports discounted those doubts on Monday: “This is a reflection of the turmoil in the country, not some political decision to stop.”
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