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Photo of Al Qaeda founder and former leader, Osama Bin Laden, seen above a Palestinian Authority flag in Gaza.

Al Qaeda and ISIS are dividing the spoils of another country between them, as the last few American special forces flee Yemen to avoid being captured by the horde.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned about the dangerous spread of Al Qaeda and ISIS, and the vulnerability of other nations in the Middle East when speaking to the U.S. Congress earlier this month.

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A group of 100 US personnel withdrew from the southern Al-Anad air base on Friday as Al Qaeda terrorists seized a nearby southern city.

The move came a day after 137 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in suicide bombing attacks at Shia Houthi mosques in the capital city of Sana’a. Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group also known as ISIS.

The U.S. military told Al Jazeera they were pulling out their last personnel in the country because of the “political instability and continued fighting” in Yemen.

The forces – along with U.S.-trained Yemeni anti-terror units who were also stationed at the air base – withdrew to an “unknown destination,” according to a military source who spoke with the AFP news agency.

American personnel who were deployed at Al-Anad had been gathering intelligence for the drone strikes against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Yemeni sources told the BBC.

The United Nations Security Council is to meet in emergency session Sunday to discuss the Yemen crisis. The closed session is being held at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, said Reuters.

On Saturday, Hadi delivered his first televised address since escaping house arrest, pledging to fight what he called “Iranian influence.” The Yemeni president accused Tehran of backing the Houthi rebels who had ousted him from Sana’a.

Iran has repeatedly been named as the patron of the Zaydi fighters aligned with Shia Islam; however, the Houthis deny Iran is involved in Yemeni affairs. Hadi, however, pledged in his speech, “the Yemeni Republic flag will fly on the Marran mountain in Sa’ada (the Houthis northern stronghold) instead of the Iranian flag.”

He also called on the Houthis – whom he called “coup plotters” – to leave Sa’ana and for its militant allies to leave the government ministries. The Houthis, however, have called for a battle against security and military institutions controlled by the president, saying they fighting “extremists.”

The president is currently in the southern port of Aden, where he fled after the capital was seized by the Houthi rebels last month.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

63 COMMENTS

  1. Consequences of American interference, meddling and government toppling in the Middle East – the birth of which happened in Afghanistan in the 1980s. They reap what they have sown. One can only Israel will be proactive before its borders are surrounded.

  2. Consequences of American interference, meddling and government toppling in the Middle East – the birth of which happened in Afghanistan in the 1980s. They reap what they have sown. One can only Israel will be proactive before its borders are surrounded.

  3. Consequences of American interference, meddling and government toppling in the Middle East – the birth of which happened in Afghanistan in the 1980s. They reap what they have sown. One can only Israel will be proactive before its borders are surrounded.

  4. Obamas military ran away and now their is ‘oneVoice’ in Yemen ,problem is that oneVoice is calling for” Death to Israel” it’s like Obama planed it that way, it’s good that Bibi was voted back in because you all can live now as lions.

  5. Obama will tell you a) It didn’t happen; b) There is no such thing as Islamic terrorism; and c) Netanyahu is crazy. You see, it’s very simple: Disagree with this petulant, naive, mentally unbalanced 9 year old in the Oval Office and he will crsuh you.

  6. I didn’t anticipate this site being a right-wing rag. I’m seriously disappointed in the other comments, some of which don’t deserve seeing the light of day. Obama has made some big mistakes. But W’s very conception of an historic coup for democracy was misconceived, and bungled in execution. Would a residual US force after the surge have accomplished the original purpose? We’ll never know, but we do know Maliki mal-governed, enraging the Iraqi Sunnis. Much earlier major potential cataclysms were just waiting to be triggered. Iraq was a tripartite religious and ethnic cauldron. And before our invasion there was a Kissingerian balance of power between Iran and Iraq. Machiavelli would have counseled against interference, and he would have been right. Bin Laden wanted to avenge the US footprint in Saudi Arabia. How much more did the US invasion, takeover and total administrative failure provoke the Baathists? Take a look. Maybe the whole Muslim world would have blown anyhow due to colonialism, brutally repressive indigenous regimes, economic blight, modern-era demeaning loss of stature, the failure of a meeting of civilizations to offer ideas instead of retrogressing to Medieval tropes.

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