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After the successful operations that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Awlaki, Khan and others, it is tempting to think we are gaining ground in the fight against terrorism. Yes, we are successful in targeting individuals. But given its political, economic and environmental landscape, Yemen is becoming the perfect habitat for a new wave of terrorism.

Carrie Giardino served as vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, in 2009 and is director of strategic initiatives for IDS International.