Curzon at Coming Anarchy explains the history with maps showing that the two conflicts in Yemen are quite separate yet US media (and maybe even our government) doesn’t seem to understand this.
There are two major yet unrelated conflicts taking place in Yemen—the Sunni and Al Qaeda-linked separatist threat in the central south of the country (a major concern of the United States) and a Shia uprising in the north (alarming to the Yemenis and Saudis, possibly supported by Iran, but of little relevance to the rest of the world). And carefully distinguishing between the two is critical to keep the US out of a real quagmire.
FDL. Obama’s growing war in Yemen includes new base, assassination attempts.