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In the Country Obama Called a Counterterror Model, al-Qaeda Now Has Its Own Airport

The BBC:

Militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have seized an airport in southern Yemen, officials say.

Troops guarding the site in the major port city of Mukalla, Hadramawt province, have fled, they said.

AQAP has exploited the chaos gripping the country, overrunning Mukalla earlier this month and freeing inmates from a prison. . . .

AQAP fighters have also reportedly took control of a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen.

In fairness, the Obama administration’s assertion that it could continue fighting terrorism in the country after U.S. forces pulled out and the government we supported was toppled is not entirely laughable: A U.S. drone did kill one of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s top leaders this week. Lose a spiritual leader, gain an oil terminal — worth it?

Patrick Brennan — Patrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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