This has not been a fun filled six months for President Obama in terms of events in the Middle East, given an arrogant Israel government bound to prevent peace with Palestinians, and growing conflict in the southern portion of the Arabian peninsula. However, Yemen President Abdullah Saleh announced he was able to negotiate a cease fire with rebel forces in the north of the country who have created chaos including forcing over 175,000 people to flee their homes. It is believed part of the arrangement calls for removal of road blocks and land mines in northern areas of the nation. The Shiite Houthis rebels have resorted to mines, rockets and bombs in order to challenge the Sunni government.
The Yemen government still has to deal with al-Qaeda militants who have used the civil war as a means to establish bases in the country. Hopefully, if Houthi forces cooperate with the government this group can be destroyed.