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By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Today, aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided missile carrier USS Normandy inched closer to Yemeni shores, while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen.

By John Ubaldi
Contributor, In Homeland Security

Since the rise of ISIS last year and its rapid seizure of Syrian and Iraqi territory—including the stunning takeover of Mosul, the terror group continues to expand its reach beyond its central geographic base.

By Diane L. Maye
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Recently, after a month-long military operation, the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein and a stronghold for IS forces.

Tikrit’s recapture could not have been accomplished without the help of a popular mobilization movement known as the Hash’d al Shaabi, which consists of primarily Shi’ia paramilitary groups, and coordination from Iranian military advisors from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Iranian backed surrogate Shia militias in Iraq are now committing ‘revenge’ war crimes in Tikrit. The militia and paramilitaries, after the taking of Tikrit Wednesday, are fueling greater region-wide sectarian jihad through local abuse. In Yemen, Sunni states led airstrikes against Shia fighters.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Iranian media outlets Press TV and Fars News Agency both reported that Iran’s 34th naval flotilla has been dispatched to the waters off Yemen and the Horn of Africa. The stated mission of the flotilla is to protect tankers and cargo ships flying the Iranian flag and will also engage in counter-piracy operations.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Instead of stability, the U.S. focused on al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) as the threat, completely ignoring the socio-political fragility and lack of necessary institutions there. America is becoming more tactically proficient at becoming strategically deficient in the complex socio-political landscape of the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia told the Obama administration and Persian Gulf allies early this week that it was preparing a military operation in neighboring Yemen, and relied heavily on U.S. surveillance ­images and targeting information to carry it out, according to senior American and Persian Gulf officials.

Despite days of planning for possible airstrikes, officials said, the Saudis withheld a final decision until it became clear late Wednesday that Houthi rebels were poised to take over Aden, the country’s main southern port.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Yesterday, Iranian-linked rebels were reported as enforcing violent control of the capital of Yemen, attacking protestors to their rule. The violence triggered Washington to abandon its embassy in Sanaa. Britain and France followed suit, exiting the country of a diplomatic presence.

In 2013, the embassy had already been reduced to essential staff only prior to abandoning it yesterday, but, in theory, no U.S.

By Dr. David Sloggett
Contributing Writer, Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Of the more than 70 al-Qaida franchises, the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been one of the most effective. It was the group behind the development of what became known as the “underwear” bomb and the attempt to deliver bombs to a Synagogue in Chicago using parcels sent by air freight in October 2010.