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USS Iwo Jima Standing by to Evacuate U.S. Citizens from Yemen

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

The amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima (LHD- 7) is standing by in the event it would need to assist in the evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel from Yemen, a Navy spokesperson told USNI News on Tuesday.

According to a report from news wire Reuters, the U.S. is closing its embassy in the capital Sanaa.

The ambassador and staff are planning to leave the country on Wednesday, according to an unnamed staffer quoted by Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

In January, Houti rebels stormed the capital in Sanaa and deposed Yemeni president
Iwo Jima has been stationed in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen in case it’s needed to evacuate U.S. non-combatants from the country.

The ship is embarked with elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) to assist if needed.

The two other ships in the Iwo Jima amphibious ready group (ARG) – USS Fort McHenry (LSD- 43) and USS New York (LPD-21) are not on station and are operating in other parts of U.S. Central Command, the spokesman told USNI News.

Yemen has been a key U.S. ally in hunting members of the group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Ctrot

    Yet another Obama foreign policy success story.

    • Danny Lewis

      Yup, he isn’t just fundamentally changing the U.S., he’s changing the whole world, and not for the better. This clown is the worse person to have the ability to wield the type of power that he has. This is why you never vote in a Senator or Congressman to the Oval Office. They have little or no experience on how to be an executive, their work is all done by concensus. Plus the fact he is being used by the far left radicals by implementing their agenda. It’s going to take a long time to repair all of the damage his royal highness has done to this country, and especially to the citizens, who he has lied to and cheated to. If anyone needs to be impeached, its this idiot, if for nothing else than to keep him from doing any further harm!!!!!

      • gunnerv1

        Especially a Senator or Congressman without a Track Record. Don’t forget, if we Impeach the Clown, we get Joe.

  • publius_maximus_III

    Yemen Yada, Yada, Yada.

  • Bill Brockman

    Our Marines were ordered by the State Dept to surrender their weapons to the Houthi militia before being allowed to leave today. Another humiliating retreat. I’d hate to run into those Marines about now; they’re probably mad enough to punch holes through concrete.

    • old guy

      For the first time in my life, I’m speechless. The Marine “Gunny” son-in-law, I lost in El Salvador must be spinning in his grave.

  • Jim Barden

    Another abject failure in readiness, just like the two instances in Libya.

  • Matt Shareef

    What about other US citizens who are stuck there? India and Pakistan and other countries have evaluated their citizens