Takeover of the US Embassy Compound in Yemen Is Another Embarrassment for the Biden Administration

Due to the ongoing civil war between the Houthis and the country’s internationally recognized government, the United States moved most of the embassy staff and its operations to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

However, the Houthis’ breach of the compound and the taking of the compound’s Yemeni security personnel as hostages flies in the face of President Biden’s overtures. Most of the hostages have now been released.

The move by the Tehran-led Houthis has a two-fold purpose. First, it sends a message to Washington and the Saudis that the Houthis remain in firm control of Sanaa and the other areas they occupy despite their offensive against the oil-rich area of Marib, contrary to what some analysts had claimed.