This is a good summary of current US involvement in Yemen, with some historical background and a look at the relevant issues. Most notable are the engagement of Iran in another proxy war, and increasing flows of US dollars to Yemen to fund another corrupt government’s incendiary and destabilizing attacks on it’s own people, with the inevitable resulting blowback. Creating tomorrow’s "terrorists" today. Is there anywhere we can’t ensure with our military actions the creation a new branch of "Al-Qaeda"?
"Naturally, the Yemeni government has every interest in portraying the southern secessionists as a conspiracy hatched by al-Qaeda, and the northern rebels as proxies for Iran – and the US is buying into it, big time, with $70 million in US military and "development" aid this year alone, and much more in the pipeline. Now that President Obama has pledged to "use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland," the road is opened to a deepening US presence in that war-torn country, up to and including the large-scale presence of American troops. "