In Yemen, A $100,000 Bounty For Absent President

Mar 25, 2015 at 10:40 AM ET

Yemenis watching the country’s official television channel Wednesday would have seen an announcement declaring an almost $100,000 bounty for President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled the country by sea on a boat, AP reported.

Yemen TV, now under the control of the Houthis, Shiite rebels overtaking the war-torn country, made the announcement of 20 million Yemeni rials ($93,000) to anyone who captures Hadi and brings him to the Houthis.

The president’s whereabouts are currently unknown.The Houthis have reportedly taken over strategic strongholds in the southern part of the country, with some reports saying the leader fled the city of Aden after Houthi fighters advanced on what is considered the country’s economic hub. The Houthis’ advance has plunged Yemen further into a civil war as rebel factions and military units battle for control. Hadi has asked the UN to authorize foreign military intervention in the country.

Yemen is the strategic home of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as a self-declared offshoot of ISIS, which is also competing for power. The deteriorating situation in the country compelled U.S. and British forces to scale back, making it significantly harder for it to gain counterterrorism intelligence on AQAP or ISIS in Yemen.

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