Much of American news media has been focused on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with little attention to Yemen until the Northwest Flight 253 bombing attempt identified parts of Yemen as the suspected bomber’s Al Qaeda training camp.
It is now verifiable that Al Qaeda has an affiliate in parts of Yemen and has become a new haven for Islamic extremist to flee Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
Recently Shiia-Huthi rebels made a huge mistake when they attacked across the Saudi border and killed and injured Saudi Border Guards. Saudi Arabia responded with air strikes on rebel positions along the Yemen-Saudi border and unconfirmed reports have said that Saudi tanks and regular infantry are now in position to be involved in the fight.
The civil war between the Iranian backed Huthi rebels in the north and the Saudi Arabian back Yemen central government has been going on since 2004.
The Saudi Arabian navy has been patrolling the Yemen coastal waters and recently seized a cargo ship carrying Iranian arms for the rebels. Additionally, it has been reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards are training the rebels.
The Administration has admitted that the U.S. has entered the war in Yemen with Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on reported Al Qaeda base camps.
It would appear that we now have U.S. forces engaged in three wars – Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen.