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Al-Qaeda Wins If Yemen Falls Apart

The U.S. can't afford to let Yemen slip into civil war and sectarian strife.

It can't go on like this.

Photographer: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen teeters on the brink of economic collapse and civil war. After being held captive for three weeks by Houthi rebels, President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi has escaped from Sana'a, the capital, to Aden, in the country's south, where he is rallying support to restore his government. If his country now splits, or falls into sectarian strife, the clear winner will be al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which thrives amid chaos in Yemen.

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