US fears Yemen army on verge of collapse
General James Mattis who recently took the helm of the US Central Command, or CENTCOM , has warned from the collapse of Yemen's security forces and the army. The US general cast doubt on the ability of the Yemeni forces to manage the war on northern front against the Shiite rebeles and in the south against the separatist movement and Al Qaeda.
The new U.S. Central Command chief conveyed the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is struggling to contain the "rebels" in the north and south, and due to the scale of the conflicts he warned of a possible collapse of the Yemeni security forces and army, especially if the poor economic conditions are taken into account.
Gen. James Mattis described a grim picture regarding the situation in Yemen, when speaking recently to the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Senate. "There are signs of a decline in the capacity of the Yemeni president to control the situation," he said.