Yemen instability reveals limits of U.S. counterterrorism strategy

January 23, 2015 10:54 AM

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Yemen instability reveals limits of U.S. counterterrorism strategy

"This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years," Mr. Obama said.

Yet the collapse of the Yemeni government Thursday has raised doubts about the efficacy of a "light footprint" counterterrorism strategy, in no small part because the power vacuum creates an opening for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Gulf-based Islamic militant group that has been beh...

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