Nasir al-Wahishi, Al Qaeda’s second in command, based and operating from Yemen, was killed yesterday amidst a US airstrike. He had been serving as Osama bin Laden’s aide-de-camp and was a veteran jihadi engaged in war against the Islamic State group attempting to take over the mantle of Jihad all over the world. As time as shown, the takeover of Yemen by Houthis who live on both parts of the boundary between Yemen and Saudi Arabia is not acceptable to Saudis. Al Qaeda found a safe haven in Yemen, which has never seen stability since its independence. Most of the territory of Yemen was in the hands of Al Qaeda fighters who had been under attack by US forces before the Saudis joined them in the currently ongoing civil war against the Houthis.

The country has now become a cauldron of varying international interests with a danger of getting into the hands of violent forces. The UN has belatedly launched a dialogue process between the warring groups in Geneva, which hopefully may bring peace to the region paving the way for international forces to put a concerted effort against the Al Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists. A lot will however depend on the regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia who have waged proxy battles against each other in most of the Muslim world.

This recent killing of a top Al Qaeda operative may betray why the US is supporting Saudis in the war against the Houthis. The US since 9/11 has been singularly obsessed with Al Qaeda, and will see the end of Al Qaeda as victory enough. It is really bothered about ISIS in Iraq? If it was, the crisis in Yemen would have been contained to save resources. President Obama recently, during the G7 talks in Germany, stated that the US does not really have a strategy to combat ISIS. While the Middle East collapses, there is not mistaking the fact that the US does not care for regional peace, but for its own stability in international politics.