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Just a month ago, the U.S. abandoned its embassy in Yemen in the wake of sectarian violence following the hostile takeover of a radical minority group.
Among the items delivered to Yemen since 2010, according to the Post: 250 suits of body armor, a couple hundred (each) M-4 rifles and Glock 9mm pistols, and more than a million rounds of ammo. Oh, and 160 Humvees, four Huey II helicopters, a couple of patrol boats, and three aerial transports.
The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials. With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers.
The State Department issued a statement saying their are no current plans in place to return to the war-torn nation. House Speaker John Boehner called the loss "a major setback in operations against al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate."
originally posted by: FamCore
Yup, looks like $500 million worth of weapons are now unaccounted for after the U.S. abandoned the Embassy in Yemen Last Month. Now they are supposedly in the hands of Iranian-backed rebels.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: Greathouse
I think though, that our future foreign policy should be a little more long-term oriented.
It was believed by Western states and Saudi Arabia that the Houthis had accepted aid from Iran while Saudi Arabia was aiding their Yemeni rivals  Al-Qaeda. (wikipedia)
The Yemeni government has also accused the Houthis of having ties to external backers, in particular the Iranian government, as Iran is a Shia-majority country. In turn, the Houthis have countered with allegations that the Yemeni government is being backed by virulently anti-Shia external backers such as al-Qaeda and the monarchy of Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was also Zaidi. The discord has led some publishers to fear that further confrontations may lead to an all-out Sunni-Shiite war.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
Iran has provided some economic aid, which they have publicly stated
My cynical nature leads me to believe this "loss" of 500M in weapons in Yemen was designed to keep the AQ and ISIS elements in Yemen well equipped, while allowing the US to decry how it fell to the evil "Iranian-backed rebels." Cue those war drums for the war on Iran...!