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US closes embassy in Yemen, Obama counterterrorism 'model' in tatters

Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor

The US has shuttered its embassy in Yemen, a country that President Barack Obama hailed as a "model" last year for US counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East. The coup by the Houthi movement, formalized last Friday, has now turned that model on its head and is raising questions about a continuing US role in trying to curtail the influence of Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the affiliate of Al Qaeda that has shown the most ability and willingness to carry out terrorist attacks in the West in recent years.