Yemen is currently in a historic period of political transition following the 2011 revolution and the end of former President Saleh’s regime.
At the mid-point of its National Dialogue process, designed to forge a unified solution to the various issues beleaguering the country, Yemen still faces many challenges to achieving political stability and economic growth.
In the last four years, three terrorist strikes launched from abroad against the United States originated in Yemen. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, claimed responsibility for all three attacks (Al Qaeda was also responsible for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole). These terror incidents have made Yemen a top priority for U.S. policymakers.
Here are some basic facts about what the U.S. is doing in Yemen, organized into three broad categories of relevance.