Armies of Liberation

Jane Novak's blog about Yemen

AQAP arrest, statement and drone strikes

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, TI: External, Yemen, aq statements, arrests, surrenders — by Jane Novak at 8:02 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I’m so sick of these al Qaeda jokers.

ABYAN, July 30 (Saba) – A security source said Saturday that senior leader of al-Qaeda “Abdullah Saeed Omar Houbaibat” was captured in Abyan province. (Read on …)

Awlaki, al Qaeda’s pimp to Somalia; Warsame arrested; other AQAP updates

Filed under: Counter-terror, Somalia, TI: External, USA, Yemen, anwar, arrests, pirates — by Jane Novak at 8:29 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

A bunch of overdue AQAP links and articles: First, business as usual: Sadiq al Ahmar said 16 of the recent al Qaeda escapees are living in villas in Sanaa, and other al Qaeda members are in the counter-terror forces, Republican Guard and Central Security. Its typical; we listed names of some of the AQ in the CT forces some years ago. Its well documented that other al Qaeda terrorists receive no-show salaries from the army or intelligence forces. The regime spun it as “rehabilitation,” until they needed a deniable proxy. The US dismissed them as “militants” but now the US is droning “militants” with no clear affiliation to al Qaeda or any transnational terror organization.

Yesterday, in an interview with Al Sheba, about what promoted the power of “the existence of al-Qaeda in Yemen”, Shekh Sadiq al Ahmar stressed that the so-called al-Qaeda elements are out of the house of the presidency and they exist in an anti-terrorist forces and the Republican Guard and the Central Security, noting that 16 members of Al Qaeda leaders who fled from the prison of Al-Mukalla month the past, “present in the villas in the capital alone to them the system in it.” He added, “The system uses the al-Qaeda bogeyman to extort from the Gulf, and promoted himself to America.”

Second, Shabab fighter Ahmed Warsame, arrested in the Gulf, was brought to the US for trial. Warsame has ties to both AQAP and al Shabab and met Anwar. Awlaki has been pimping al Qaeda to the Somalis since (at least) 2006 when the eight westerners were arrested trying to smuggle weapons to Somalia from Yemen. The enmeshment between al Qaeda in Yemen and al Shabab was politically inconvenient prior to the rev and is an expedient sound bite now.

NYT 7/10: In his remarks on his plane, Mr. Panetta said there were greater dangers to the United States in Yemen. “There’s no question when you look at what constitutes the biggest threat in terms of attacks on the United States right now, more of that comes from Yemen and people like Awlaki,” he said. He added that in Yemen, “There are a number of operations that are being conducted not only by the Defense Department, but by my former agency to try to focus on going after those targets. I would say that’s one of our top priorities right now.”

Fox News: The Somali terror suspect transferred this week to a New York City federal court spent “significant time” with American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, a U.S. official told Fox News. (Read on …)

Abdulelah Haider Shaea

Filed under: Judicial, Media, Sana'a, US jihaddis, Yemen, aq statements, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:35 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Al Jazeera

The kidnapping

Kamal was with Abdelillah when he was first kidnapped in July 2010. Two cars pulled up and eight men in civilian clothes carrying guns violently forced him out of the car.

“You crossed red lines in your statements on satellite television and if you don’t listen to what we say and understand the message we will destroy your life,” they told him.
(Read on …)

Pakistan arrests senior Yemeni AQ operative in Karachi

Filed under: AfPak, TI: External, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:52 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqub, alias Abu Sohaib al Makki, never heard of him


(Reuters) – Pakistani security forces have arrested what they say is a senior al Qaeda operative from Yemen in the southern city of Karachi, the military said on Tuesday. (Read on …)

Yemen frees convicted terrorists after two years in jail for murdering Spanish tourists

Filed under: Counter-terror, UK, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, arrests, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 8:19 am on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Its unbelievable. These are the guys who were initially repeatedly proclaimed to be going on trial for the pedestrian suicide attack on then UK ambassador Tim Torlott’s convoy. (The attack was widely thought to be a false flag attack by the Yemeni government using its terrorist connections and some clueless teenager to send a message to the UK regarding support for the south.) But the defendants were eventually charged with a hodgepodge of crimes in Marib (which may or may not include the July 2007 car bomb that killed eight Spanish tourists). They were tried in a group that included Badr al Hassani who stated that he was paid by the PSO to train terrorists in Marib in hand to hand combat. The court ordered the Marib Deputy Chief of the PSO to appear in court and then the whole thing just faded away, as it often does in Yemen. Earlier reporting here .

SANA’A, May 13 (Saba) – The Specialized Criminal Division in the capital Sana’a is to start on Sunday its first hearing to consider the appeal of two al-Qaeda suspects convicted of carrying out terrorist acts.

On March 15, the Specialized Penal Court in the capital Sana’a sentenced each of Saddam Hussein al-Rimi and Rami Hermel Hans (German nationality) two years from the date of their arrest.

The court ordered them to be put under police surveillance and prevented them from traveling to any province after their release for two years, after they were convicted of committing terrorist attacks on foreign tourists, facilities and interests in Marib province during (2008-2010).

So they got a two year sentence for murdering foreign tourists, which included time served. Now they are free but not allowed to leave the country.

For more see, Yemeni al Qaeda leader: State conducts terror attacks dtd 12/3/08:

Officials earlier announced Dhayani was the recruiter and driving instructor for the suicide car bomber who murdered eight elderly Spanish tourists in Mareb in July 2007. Dhayani is Mareb under the protection of Jahm tribe and granted the interview to Mareb Press after taking several security precautions.

“I am ready to prove the reality that some attacks were planned in co-ordination and agreement of the Political Security and its agents to gain foreign support and to confirm to America that they (the Yemeni state) launch war against terrorism,” Dhayani said in the explosive interview.

Fast forward to today and we have the US government fighting tooth and nail to keep this lying, double dealing, murderous dirtbag in his post despite the fact that the US trained Yemeni counter terror forces are shooting unarmed teenagers in the head because they are demanding democracy. It is thought a more representative Yemeni government would be less liberal in granting CT permissions to the US.

10 escaped prisoners still at large in Amran including murderer of Rabbi

Filed under: Amran, Judicial, Yemen, arrests, prisons — by Jane Novak at 12:55 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2011

The buzz is they were helped to escaped, after earlier reports by Sarah Phillips that 70 al Qaeda were released by the regime in March. They did this during the Saada War in 2008 and in other instances, released prisoners on condition they fight for the state.

The National reports Abdulaziz Yahya Alabdi, the murderer of the Jewish rabbi Masha Yaesh Nahari in 2008, is among the escapees. The escape occurred on 4/17.

About thirty prisoners sentenced to death escaped from Amran central prison 50 km north of Sana’a last Friday after killing three prison guards. (Read on …)

Yemen Govt releases al Qaeda terrorists

Filed under: Presidency, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, arrests, prisons, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:02 am on Monday, April 11, 2011

This article by Sarah Philips is true. I have an eyewitness and I wrote it on the blog somewhere. I thought it was about 30 al Qaeda released from prison, but 70 is possible. Same date. Following is an excerpt but read it all:

Australian YEMEN is at an extraordinary juncture, but 32-year stalwart President Ali Abdullah Saleh won’t go without a fight and he is using every trick in the book to cling to power. The most problematic trick is his penchant for releasing militant jihadis from prison when his legitimacy with the West is strained.

While the story has not been widely released, local security sources have confirmed that this is just what he did on March 8 when he quietly granted 70 al-Qa’ida suspects their freedom from a political security prison in Sanaa.

In other words, the man whom the US continues to look to for assistance against al-Qa’ida in Yemen has – again – released al-Qa’ida suspects from jail.

USS Cole bomber al Nashiri to be first of renewed trials at Gitmo

Filed under: USS Cole, Yemen, arrests, attacks, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:51 am on Thursday, March 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — The first captive at the U.S. Naval Base on Guantanamo Bay to be charged in a military tribunal during the Obama presidency is expected to be one of the prison’s most notorious inmates — Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 sailors. (Read on …)

Two al Qaeda killed in Saada, al Tais again, were mourning AQ death in Marib

Filed under: 9 hostages, Marib, Sa'ada, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, arrests, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:31 am on Thursday, March 10, 2011

The point to note with regard to the following article is the two AQ were killed during a mourning ceremony for another who was killed in Marib. For the readers convenience, I am re-posting my article, Large al Qaeda camp in North Yemen dims peace prospects, politician says to illuminate the al Taiz clan. Saada, as you will note, is where Ammar al Waeli (see the 2002 FBI alert) was, as I heard it, standing on a roof exhorting the residents. In the same ruling last week that released Badr al Hassani, Al Waeli was recently sentenced to fifteen years in jail, in absentia I am assuming. The hostilities between the al Tais and the state began after the Houthis captured their commander, Hussain al Tais, and turned him over to the state. Then AQ captured Col Hosam in Saada and issued an ultimatum. According to local reports, Col Hosam was not killed despite the AQ vid announcing his death (see below). The point is the linkage between the well established al Qaeda presence in Saada and the better understood al Qaeda in Marib and what is currently known as AQAP.

Two al-Qaeda elements killed in Saada north Yemen al Motamar: Wednesday, 09-March-2011
- Local sources in Saada province in north Yemen have confirmed the killing of two elements from al-Qaeda organisation and injury of a third in exchange of fire with gunmen from Al Tais in Kitaf district. The sources clarified that the clashes resulted in the killing of two of al-Qaeda elements; Ali Nasser al-Tais and Abdullah Hassan al-Tais in addition to the wounding of Arif Saleh Rashid. The sources pointed out that the clashes erupted during mourning on the death of al-Qaeda element called Abdullah Hadi al-Tais killed by security men in clashes in Mareb last week.

My article from March 2010: (Read on …)

Al Qaeda in Yemen sentences: Ammar al Waeli 15 yrs in absentia & Badr al Hassani released

Its absolutely unbelievable, even for Yemen. This is the cell originally billed as responsible for the attack on the UK ambassador, but that later faded into charges of forming an armed gang. Badr al Hassani, who accused the PSO in Marib of supporting and funding Al Qaeda, was acquitted although the court had previously summoned the PSO deputy to testify. Old timer Ammar al Waeli sentenced for the 2007 attack on Spanish tourists in Marib. Al Waeli is currently in Sa’ada alongside the state forces, or he was last time I checked. Not the mention the whole slew of analysis on AQAP that dismisses the fatal but well timed attacks on tourists in 2007 as the work of the disenfranchised al Jund al Yemen (the Yemen Soldiers Brigade) when al Waeli is an associate of Fahd al Quso as well as an employee of the state, two groups that are most definitely not mutually exclusive. The two convicted were sentenced to jail time of two and three years, although the Marib attacks killed people, to run from date of arrest, basically a walk. The trials were yet another show with no substance, and this is the system that the US is so desperate to maintain.

26 Sept: Specialized Penal Court in the capital Sana’a sentenced on Saturday three al-Qaeda elements from two to 15 years in prison. The three defendants were convicted of committing terrorist acts targeted tourists, foreign and military facilities in Marib province during 2008-2010.

At the hearings presided over by Judge Ridwan al-Nemr, the court sentenced the convicts Sadam Huessin al-Raymi to three years and Rami Hans Hermel (German nationality) for two years from the date of their arrest and put them under police surveillance and forbid them to travel to any province after their release for a period of two years.

The verdict also included the contentment of the jail period for Abdullah Mosaad Abdul-Aziz al-Rawi (Iraqi nationality) and to deport him to his country, while the court upheld the release of Badr al-Husseini for lack of evidence and the confiscation of seizures related to the case.

In addition, the court issued a sentence of 15 years imprisonment against Ammar Abad Saeed al-Waeli, an al-Qaeda element, for his involvement in an armed gang targeting foreign tourists, which resulted in the death of a number of Spanish tourists and their Yemeni guides, by a bomb car in July 2007 in Marib province.

AQAP leader al Shihri dead in Yemen work accident?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, arrests, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 10:27 am on Sunday, February 13, 2011

The only credibility this report might have is that its coming out of the Yemen Post and not the Yemeni government, which announced al Shihri’s death three times already. But if its true, its damned good news.

Private sources told the Yemen Post that the second in command of Yemen- based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was killed in a bomb explosion while he was preparing it to be used against Yemeni and foreign targets.
Last month, Al-Shihri announced a holy war against the Houthi northern Shiites in Sa’ada, Jawf, and Ameran, accusing Iran’s regime of backing Shiite rebels. (Read on …)

Saleh orders release of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Shaea

Filed under: Media, Presidency, Trials, aq statements, arrests, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wow, Saleh is really scrambling to appease everybody. Shaea was kidnapped in August and arrested in September, tried and sentenced to five years for supporting al Qaeda after releasing several interviews and statements from Anwar al Awlaki. The YJS and international media advocates have been lobbying for his release. Update: Yemen Post reports he’s out.

News Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly ordered the release of imprisoned journalist and expert of terrorist groups’ affairs AbdulElah Haidar Shaye. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda in Yemen: four sentenced, one escape

Filed under: 23 ESCAPE, Abyan, AfPak, Hadramout, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:04 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011

One escapes. Why don’t the drug dealers or tribesmen ever escape prison?

YP An Al-Qaeda suspect escaped from an Aden hospital, with reports suggesting an unknown group could have infiltrated into the hospital and helped him escape. Amin Al-Sayed was arrested along with four other terrorist suspects last week, and was hospitalized at the BaSuhaib military hospital. Last week, the authorities announced the arrest of almost ten Al-Qaeda suspects in Abyan and Hadramout, amid the continuous hunt for and large-scale operations against AQAP militants, mainly in southern, southeastern and eastern regions.

Yemen Post: A Yemeni court specialized in the cases of terrorism in Hadramout sentenced four suspected Al-Qaeda militants between three to five years in prison. (Read on …)

Abdulelah Haider Shaea sentenced to five years for facilitating al Qaeda

Filed under: Media, Yemen, aq statements, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:27 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Amnesty International is off on the wrong track accusing the US of orchestrating the arrest as retaliation because Abdulelah broke the story of the civilian deaths in the December 2009 US airstrike in Abyan. Its an absurd allegation because he wasn’t the one who broke the story. Everybody knew within hours. Below the fold is a DPA article describing the evidence against Shaea, which seems a little thin from the story.

Yemeni journalist sentenced to five years for terror links By Nasser Arrabyee/18/01/2011:
A Yemeni journalist was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prisons for links with the Yemen-based Al Qaeda.

The journalist Abdul Elah Haidar Shaea, was sentenced to five years and his colleague Abdul Kareem Al Shami was sentenced to two years in prison. The two men were convicted of forming an armed gang to work with the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch, Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). (Read on …)

12 al Qaeda sentenced, 7 verdicts upheld on appeal

Filed under: arrests — by Jane Novak at 1:50 pm on Saturday, December 11, 2010

ADEN, Yemen — A court in Yemen’s Hadramaut province set up for security cases on Saturday sentenced 12 alleged Al-Qaeda members to between four and seven years in jail, a judicial official said. (Read on …)

Senior Yemeni AQAP killed near Af-Pak border: Kohlmann

Filed under: AfPak, Air strike, TI: External, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Friday, December 10, 2010

via Evan Kohlmann: A senior Yemeni Al-Qaida commander, Abu Abdelrahman al-Qahtani, has reportedly been killed in a U.S. airstrike on the Pak-Afghan border. Abu Abdelrahman al-Qahtani has been linked to Camp Chapman bomber Humam al-Balawi (aka Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani). Al-Qahtani was also closely tied to 2 Yemeni Al-Qaida bombmakers, “Ghazwan al-Yemeni” and “Abu Dujanah as-Sanaani”, killed in the past year. Even from the frontline in AFPAK, al-Qahtani was a regular contributor to the now-defunct “Al-Fallujah” jihadi social networking web forum. According to a published biography, Abu Abdelrahman al-Qahtani “was 45 years of age, half of which he spent in the fields of jihad.

On the 5th it was reported that a Yemeni al Shabab senior commander, named Rajah Abu Khalid was killed following a battle in Mogadishu, Somalia.

a) thats what they said about Fahd al Quso, killed in Pakistan
b) better odds of getting them outside Yemen than in?
c) Yemenis increasingly moving into leadership positions, consolidating the reach of AQAP?
d) not to be confused with the dead/undead Naif al Qatani, a Saudi financier
(Read on …)

Car full of women in Sana’a seized with bomb and drugs

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Sana'a, Security Forces, TI: Internal, arrests, drugs — by Jane Novak at 3:25 pm on Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Five women were taken into custody after a spot check of passing traffic uncovered narcotics and TNT in the vehicle. Its unclear if the components were assembled. The story highlights both the effectiveness of random vehicle searches and the AQAP push to recruit women. Update: we have the story today in English and learn the drugs are pills. Keptagon is a pill smuggled in large quantities.

EPD: Yemeni police have captured a highly explosive TNT device in a car in Sanaa, the country’s Interior Ministry said Tuesday. The explosive device were found along with drug pills concealed inside a handbag of a 40-year-old woman, who was driving a car carrying another four women aging between 20 to 60 years old, who are Yemeni nationals, the ministry said in a statement on its website. The car was caught during a routine search in a main street in the old city of Sanaa, the statement said without giving the date. The five women were under investigation to probe links behind them and the TNT bomb, the ministry added. However, the ministry didn’t label the women to any terrorist group.

(Read on …)

Three sentenced to 4-6 years

Filed under: Hadramout, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:40 pm on Monday, December 6, 2010

Al Sahwa: Sahwa Net- A Yemeni court in the southern province of Hadhramout sentenced on Monday three suspected al-Qaeda members to jail terms ranging from four to six years. Saleh Jabir was sentenced to six years in prison, while Mohammad Batarfi and Salem Bin Massud were both sentenced to four years in prison. The prosecution accused the suspects of possessing arms and forming a group to carry out raids against oil installations and the security forces

Senior Yemeni al Shabab al Qaeda commander killed in Mogadishu

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Somalia, TI: External, arrests, pirates — by Jane Novak at 10:31 pm on Sunday, December 5, 2010

No link, sorry, it kinda looked like a news site but then it didn’t. The most senior foreign fighter in al Shabab was the now deceased Yemeni AQAP Rajah abu Khalid. Update: Rahm has the same story, unsurprisingly. Update 2, Garowe: Officials with the UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) claimed that a Yemeni-born foreign fighter named Rabah Abu-Qalid was killed during heavy clashes Sunday in Mogadishu…The group has close links to Al Qaeda has brought foreign fighters to southern Somalia to provide training with military tactics, explosives and suicide bombings, which were alien to Somalia’s anarchy before 2006. The foreign fighters in Somalia number 300 to 1,200, according to Somali and U.S. intelligence estimates. Most are from neighboring countries such as Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, and Yemen.

The militant commander, who was named Rajah Abu Khalid, a Yemen national, was reported that he was seriously wounded with 13 other fighters and was taken to an Alshabab medical facility in Jowhar district, 90kms from the north of Mogadishu.

Martyr Rajah Abu Khalid, succumbed in Jowhar hospital last night, he died several hours later when he was wounded said an Alshabab sources in conditions of anonymity. (Read on …)

Saudis: Next from AQAP, assassination via toxic perfume

Filed under: Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:33 pm on Saturday, December 4, 2010

Its a good idea to beware of al Qaeda bearing perfume, or any gifts. One indication of terror financing success is that they are planning to rob banks. Several financiers and networks were disrupted by the Saudis.

Yemen Online: Al Qaeda militants now in detention planned to kill Saudi government and security officials and media workers by sending poisoned gifts to their offices, an interior ministry official told Reuters on Saturday. The group “planned to rob banks and companies to finance their operations,” said the official, who declined to be named. (Read on …)

Saudi Arabia arrests 149, mostly linked to AQAP

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, arrests — by Jane Novak at 2:16 pm on Friday, November 26, 2010

Saudi arrests 149 militants, most linked to Qaeda in Yemen ABC: Saudi Arabia has arrested 149 suspected Al Qaeda-linked militants in 19 separate cells planning attacks on state officials, foreigners and journalists, according to the interior ministry.

The arrests, which took place over the past eight months, involved both Saudi and foreign nationals with links to Al Qaeda operations mainly in Yemen, but also in Afghanistan and Somalia, interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told reporters. (Read on …)

Fourth appearance of Abdulelah Shaea in State Security Court

Filed under: Civil Rights, Media, Security Forces, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:35 am on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A journalist for the state news agency, SABA, Shaea had interviewed Anwar al Awlaki, who is his good friend according to Shaea’s statements at the time. Earlier Shaea had interviewed Nasir al Wahishi and later interviewed Fahd al Quso for al Jazeera. He is being charged with promoting AQAP, but interviews are not a crime. Abdulelah was reportedly scouting targets for al Qaeda attacks and encouraging the assassination of President Saleh and his son, Prince Ahmed. His arrest comes amid an ongoing and worsening crackdown on the media in Yemen and after appearances on al Jazeera that displeased the regime.

RSF press release via Bikyamasr: When the fourth hearing in imprisoned journalist Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae’s trial was held before a special state security court in Sanaa today, prosecutors submitted the contents of his computer as evidence but his lawyer accused them of deception, pointing out that they had produced the computer seized when he was briefly arrested on 11 July, not the one seized when he was arrested a second time on 16 August. (Read on …)

Anwar and his cousin Othman and the murder of the French Engineer

Filed under: Donors, UN, anwar, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 8:36 pm on Monday, November 22, 2010

The trial of the murderer of the French engineer continues. The issue is whether it was a personal dispute or an al Qaeda motivated act of violence. Apparently Anwar was renting out a flat and the accused was communicating with him via his cousin. Awlaki was charged in absentia in the same case.

Ray News Sana – UPI – Attorney General introduced the Yemeni state security court in Sana’a, what he saw as evidence to prove the involvement of French is accused of murdering in a relationship with hard-line American of Yemeni origin Anwar al-Awlaki, and his cousin Osman, accused of instigating the killing of foreigners. (Read on …)

Why can’t Jaber Elbaneh be the translator for Sharif Mobley?

Filed under: US jihaddis, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:06 am on Sunday, November 21, 2010

That would work out, no? They are both Americans, Jaber Elbaneh of the Lackawanna Seven cell from Buffalo. Sharif Mobley’s trial was delayed again due to the lack of a translator, again. See Yemen Post. Also as much as Mobley’s lawyer is insisting that he is not an al Qaeda operative, and he is only charged with the murder of the guard in the hospital, the brothers are making Dua for him, along with a variety of other al Qaeda prisoners globally, in the latest issue of Inspire. Where is Elbaneh anyway? Still home in Ibb?

Al Qaeda blows South Korea’s oil pipeline in Marib

Filed under: Donors, UN, LNG, Marib, Oil, Other Countries, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:54 pm on Thursday, November 4, 2010

Aaron notes its a South Korean pipeline. South Korea divested some of its holding in the LNG project after the lethal terror attack on the South Koran tourists in March 09. And France’s TOTAL is the developer of the LNG project and a major stake holder. France was recently warned by the Saudis about an AQAP plot and is on alert. Just a coincidence I’m sure.

Korean Times:
Tuesday’s explosion at a South Korean oil pipeline in southern Yemen was apparently a bomb attack, raising concerns about the safety of Koreans abroad. There is no confirmation about who was behind the blast and what prompted it, although al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for the bombing….Yemen has already emerged as a breeding ground for al-Qaida terrorists. Four South Korean tourists were killed in a bomb attack in the historic city of Shibam, 90 kilometers east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on March 15, 2009. About three months later, a Korean female aid worker was killed by rebels.

(Read on …)

Awlaki charged in absentia in murder of French engineer

Filed under: Donors, UN, Oil, anwar, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 6:19 am on Tuesday, November 2, 2010

For more on the engineer’s murder, click here. It is unclear if Awlaki also had a hand in the plot that prompted Saudi Arabia’s warning to France, but its not beyond reason. Per al Sahwa: Asim communicated with Anwar Awlaki through the Internet via email hotmail and asked Anwar to travel abroad to fight the foreigners, but when Anwar learned that the Assem worked in the Austrian company, he abetted to kill foreign workers in the company.

In predictable related developments, Yemen launched massive manhunt for al Asiri as donors plan to increase aid.

Al Awlaki charged with plotting and incitement to murder foreigners – Yemen charged on Tuesday during a trial in absentia American-Yemeni Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki with plotting and incitement to murder foreigners, including a French expert who was killed early last month in Sana’a. (Read on …)

Female student arrested in Yemen bomb plot “subjected to beatings,” HOOD; Update- Released

Filed under: UPS bombs, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:17 pm on Sunday, October 31, 2010

NPR: Only hours after White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said he was “confident” that a 22-year-old woman detained Saturday in Yemen had mailed the bomb-laden parcels, government officials in the country said they had released her, citing an apparent case of identity theft.

Update 2: Her father denies the HOOD report of being tortured.

Update: She was released this evening. And her name is Hanan Al Samawi not Sahar Al Samawi. Second HOOD statement below and seems to indicate the phone chip in the bomb was registered in her name. Update 2: Yemeni govt says she is a victim of identity theft.

Original: Yemen follows its normal practices, despite the global attention on this woman: illegal procedures during the arrest, incommunicado detention, failure to charge her or notify her family in a timely manner, beatings and cruel treatment, and denial of access by her lawyers. These are the National Security’s standard routines in dealing with journalists and activists in Yemen as well as random innocent people who get rounded up (alleged Houthis and southern protesters and so on). Its certainly odd she would leave her phone number when mailing the package if she was aware of the contents, and likely she was duped into taking part in the plot. Its not unusual for al Qaeda to exploit vulnerable people, this is the organization that uses mentally retarded children as suicide bombers and blackmails homosexuals to guarantee their participation. At the same time, women have taken a higher profile in the al Qaeda cult.

In related news, students at Sanaa University held a protest because they believe she’s a scapegoat. In an interview with the Yemen Post, the girl’s father, Mohammed Al-Samawi, an Engineer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, said his daughter is innocent and he believes that there is a “big misunderstanding.” The YP reports the suspect’s name as Hanan Al-Samawi, and that her mother, Amatulillah Mohammed, who was also imprisoned, is in bad medical condition according to HOOD.

Called on the Attorney General to assume responsibility

Hanan al Samawi subjected to torture, Moses Alnmrani, HOOD

Hood learned from private sources that Hanan al Samawi had been subjected to beatings and cruel treatment and humiliation during her arrest by members of the National Security Agency, and torture during the investigation within the prison with the National Security Agency, which is a crime punishable under international law and the law of Yemen. (Read on …)

Saudis never heard of al Qaeda financier Saleh al Rimi

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Sana'a, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:33 am on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Saudi authorities had no information about him before his arrest and haven’t been notified of his arrest.

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry informed Asharq Al-Awsat yesterday that it had not received any information from Yemen implicating Yemeni national Saleh al-Rimi of involvement with the Al Qaeda organization. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda using civilians in south Yemen as human shields: al Fayfi

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, Saudi Arabia, arrests, surrenders — by Jane Novak at 9:37 am on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Saudi view of the al Fayfi surrender. Earlier reporting here including the alert on France. The murderer of the French engineer was a fan of Anwar Awlaki.

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Interior is expected to release details soon of a Saudi on its 2009 list of persons wanted in connection with security issues who has expressed the wish to return from Afghanistan, sources have told Okaz/Saudi Gazette.
The move would reduce the list to 70, following the ministry statement Friday announcing the return of Jabir Bin Jibran Ali Al-Faifi from Yemen.
A Yemeni official told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that security authorities in the Lawdar area of the Abyan province in south Yemen took Al-Faifi into custody on Sep. 9 after he had informed them of his whereabouts with other members of the so-called Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and his desire to hand himself in.
The official said that a second member of the organization, Jalal Al-Saidi, handed himself in at the same time in Lawdar, and that the two events happened during a two-week long Yemeni security forces campaign in Ramadan in pursuit of Al-Qaeda members who managed to flee. (Read on …)

al Shawish, an AQAP Hamza al Qaity disciple, sentenced to death

Filed under: Hadramout, Marib, Oil, Sana'a, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:47 am on Monday, October 18, 2010

Al Qaity was killed in August ‘09 after the attack on the security station in Sayoun. Al Qaity and al Qamish, the head of the PSO, became antagonistic after the mortar attacks on the embassies early in ‘09. al Qaity was enraged with al Qamish about something or other. The odd thing about the mortar attacks is the streets were clear afterwards, and in three attacks, the attackers got away clean every time and all the mortars missed.

CRI: A Yemeni security court on Monday sentenced convicted al-Qaida bombmaker Saleh al-Shawish to death, official Saba news agency reported.

Al-Shawish made no appeal against the verdict as he proudly admitted to be affiliated to the Yemen-based regional wing al- Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said Saba. In the previous trial by the Sanaa-based security court, al- Shawish confessed to the jury that he had taken part in seven military operations planned by the AQAP. (Read on …)

Former Gitmo, Al Fayfi arrested in Lauder, surrenders to Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Abyan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, arrests, gitmo — by Jane Novak at 4:44 pm on Friday, October 15, 2010

Al Fifi was arrested in Abyan on September 4. At least he didnt have a bomb up his butt like the last AQAP who surrendered to the Saudis. Our earlier post on al Fayfi is here. More at Naba.

SABA: Wanted Saudi surrenders to authorities

RIYADH, Oct. 15 (Saba)- A former Guantanamo prisoner who later joined Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has repented and given himself up to the Saudi security authorities. In a statement issued on Friday, the spokesman of the Saudi Interior Ministry said that the wanted Saudi national Jabir Bin-Jubran Bin-Ali al-Fayfi has surrendered to his country’s authorities. The Saudi official added that al-Fayfi’s return to Saudi Arabia was coordinated with the security authorities in Yemen.

12 in court in Mukallah

Filed under: 3 security, Hadramout, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:36 pm on Monday, October 11, 2010

They denied planning attacks in Yemen but admitted to fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, not a problem there.

12 Qaeda suspects appear in Yemen court
— Twelve Al-Qaeda suspects appeared in a special court on Monday in the southeastern port of Mukalla charged with terrorism-linked offences, a Yemeni judiciary official said. (Read on …)

Yemen accused of torturing journalist, Abdulelah Haider Shaea

Filed under: Media, Security Forces, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:07 am on Sunday, October 10, 2010

RSF: efforts to combat terrorism do not justify such practices against Yemeni journalists

SANAA – Yemeni journalist Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae, who has been detained since mid-August, appears to have been tortured, media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said on Saturday.

Journalists’ union head Marwan Damaj, “who managed to see him during his 22 September court appearance, said that he had been tortured,” RSF said.

“There were visible signs of injury, including to his chest. He has been regularly hit with a gun butt and has a broken tooth,” it said. “Nothing can justify the use of torture,” RSF said. (Read on …)

Updated: Al Badawi on Hunger Strike

Filed under: USS Cole, arrests — by Jane Novak at 6:48 am on Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Well at least we know that he’s in jail.

USS Cole bomber Jamal al Badawi goes on hunger strike

Translated by: Alia Qahtan, edited by: Jane Novak
Hood Online, (The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms)

Jamal al Badawi has been on a hunger strike for 15 days demanding his release from Political Security prison. .

Convicted in the USS Cole bombing Al Badawi was one of 23 inmates who escaped from the political police prison in Sana’a 2006 in the so called the great escape. He turned himself in to the Yemeni authorities in mid-October 2007, when he was accused of his belonging to Al-Qaeda

The government promised if Al-Badawi submitted himself to the Yemeni authority, the Yemeni government would release him to have a normal life, a close resource to Al-Badawi revealed.

Jamal’s father said he was finally able to visit his son and found him a critical health condition. He was prevented from seeing him several weeks ago. (Read on …)

“the security soldiers let them go at the end,” al Hota, Shabwa update

Filed under: Counter-terror, Military, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, arrests, security timeline, shabwa, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:55 am on Monday, October 4, 2010

Of course they did.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) : As many as 15,000 people – most of whom are children – have been displaced by the recent clashes, which are based around Mayfa’a district in Shabwah governorate. Air strikes have been reported, UNICEF said yesterday.

Yemen Observer: Al-Qaeda retaliated shortly after Yemen’s security forces drove them out of al-Huta village, in the southern province of Shabwa earlier this week.

Al-Qaeda tried, unsuccessfully late Wednesday , to assassinate the military, security and political leaders who led and supervised the campaign against them in al-Huta.

One soldier was killed and seven others injured when al-Qaeda fighters ambushed the governor of Shabwa Ali Al Ahmadi, deputy chief of general staff, Salem Al Kotn, security director, Ahmad Al Makdashi and other officials in the area of Yashbom, between Atak and al-Saeed. Security forces are chasing after the attackers who used RPGs to strike the convoy of officials. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda Defendent Claims to be Intel Agent, Court Summons Marib PSO Official

Filed under: Marib, Security Forces, UK amb, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:04 am on Sunday, October 3, 2010

There are many, many al-Qaeda on the payroll of the Political Security Organization. Earlier reporting on this trial can be found here. Today’s trial update comes from al Sahwa, also see Yemen Post. Apparently they wanted him to take the fall for the botched suicide attack on the British Ambassador but forgot to tell him. These defendants were touted as the gang that organized the plot on Torlot but the court didn’t charge them with the attack, only with the vague charge of plotting.

Yemen court asks intelligence official witness on al-Qaeda, 3/10/2010 – Sahwa Net

Sahwa Net- The Specialized Penal Court has asked an intelligence official to attend the court on the upcoming Sunday to witness whether an al-Qaeda suspect, Badr al-Hassani was an intelligence informant.

Al-Hasani said his work as an agent would be verified by an intelligence officer named Abdullah al-Ashul, who was summoned to witness before the court.

Al-Hassani along with other three al-Qaeda suspects, including a German and an Iraqi, are being tried on charges of involving in plotting to carry out terrorist acts against tourists, foreign installations, Yemen’s security and military.

Two arrested in Saada, Updated with Houthi statement

Filed under: 9 hostages, Counter-terror, TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:19 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2010

Update: Houthis issue a statement that seems to indicate that the prior al Qaeda statement demanding Hussain al Tais’s release is bogus and a pretext to begin bombing markets under the guise of counter-terror. And while the Houthis do have quite a conspiratorial view of al Qaeda, the interesting thing about the several questionable al Qaeda attacks over the years, which were claimed in internet statements by al Qaeda, is that if they are false flag attacks, the “real” al Qaeda never disputed that the statements of responsibility. Original Arabic below but my formatting is messed up.

Subject: Houthi: prosecution of al-Qaeda “flimsy excuses”
‫ in a statement issued by the office of Abdul-Malik al-leader of the movement Alhotheip North Yemen, he said that in response to al Qaeda statement and explanation of events and facts were stated, “to the awareness and vision of society in general, shatter all the plots that target directly in order to stir up sectarian strife, sectarian and tarnish the image of the nation which adhered to approach the Holy Quran and the household of prophecy ”

He touched on the statement arrived in the crowd Net to the hijacking of the Deputy Director of Political Security in Ramadan, “In the month of Ramadan have been kidnapped, deputy director of political security of the central governorate of Saada hot Officers On Monday, 9/20/2010 issued a so-called al Qaeda in the island Arabs adopted a statement which the process of abduction, deputy director of political security that have occurred in the 08/26/2010 statement comes after the adoption process (24) days of the kidnapping incident .. ”

The statement added: “Here, put a lot of question marks that confirm that all the incidents that take place in the northern provinces aimed at opening the door of the bombings and killing people in mosques and markets of those flimsy arguments (the so-called pursuit of al-Qaeda members) …. (Read on …)

Yemen Defense Ministry announces al Houta, Shabwa clear of terrorists

Filed under: Counter-terror, arrests, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 12:56 pm on Friday, September 24, 2010

Now they are chasing them in the mountains. Twelve thousand citizens displaced, two mosques and five houses destroyed. Six soldiers, three al Qaeda and five civilians killed in the week long siege of Hota. Twenty-eight al Qaeda suspects arrested with unknown identities. I’m not sure the military ever took the city.

Yemen Post: The security authorities said on Friday they had cleared Al-Hawta town in Yemen’s Southeastern Shabwa Province of the Al-Qaeda fighters who fought the authorities over this week. (Read on …)

Political Security Chief Paid Transportation Costs, al Qaeda Defendant Alleges

Filed under: UK amb, Yemen's Lies, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:14 am on Thursday, September 23, 2010

We have this news posted earlier but not in original English. News Yemen which also attended the session reported Badr al Hassani said he was paid by the PSO to train al Qaeda in Marib in hand to hand combat. Once at a conference, I met some securocrat contractor who said emphatically that the corruption in the security forces and collusion with al Qaeda doesn’t go as high as the head of the PSO, Ghalib al Qamish. I almost spit my coffee on the floor. That was 2008.

SANA’A, Sept. 20 — The trial of two Yemenis, a German, and an Iraqi accused of damaging foreign interests and attacking military targets in Yemen started on Monday at the Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a.

Badr Al-Hassani, 22, Rami Hens, 16, Abdullah Al-Rawi, 16, and Saddam Al-Raimi, 22, stood accused of “participating in criminal acts, damaging foreign interests in the country, damaging military establishments, facing the state in the Marib governorate, training with weapons, forming secrets cells and being ready to commit suicide operations.” (Read on …)

Yemen confirms death of Abdullah al Midhar’s son in al Hota, Shabwa

Filed under: Counter-terror, arrests, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 6:23 pm on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Twenty-eight arrested al Qaeda are being interrogated to determine their identities. Dropping paratroopers behind them is a new skill. It sounds like this assault actually had a plan in advance.

ISA: Yemen’s security forces arrested 28 suspects of resurgent al-Qaida militancy on Wednesday in areas surrounding Hota town of the southeast Shabwa province where a massive military offensive is taking place, Defense Ministry said.

The suspects were being interrogated by security authorities to question their identities and connection with the al-Qaida fighters besieged by government troops in Hota town, the ministry’ s news website quoted security director of Shabwa, Ahmad al- Magdashi, as saying. (Read on …)

Updated: Accused al Qaeda says in court that he was paid by Ghalib al Qamish, Head of the PSO

Filed under: Marib, Security Forces, UK amb, Yemen, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:21 pm on Monday, September 20, 2010

Update: And they weren’t even charged with the attack on Torlot.”Four alleged Al-Qaeda militants, including a German and an Iraqi, appeared before a Sanaa court on Monday charged with planning attacks on foreign, government and military targets. No mention was made in the charge sheet however of the defendants’ alleged involvement in a suicide attack targeting the British ambassador’s convoy in Sanaa in April.”

I have to say it: I have been reporting this for five years. And there’s some who acknowledge corruption in the security but think it doesn’t go as high as Ghalib al Qamish, head of the Yemeni political intelligence organization (PSO). Yes it does. And it has for a decade, longer. And it does today. A billion dollars in funding will enhance not diminish al Qaeda. Anyway I added the News Yemen article below, apparently Badr al Hassani wants Ghalib al Qamish to testify on his behalf that he was working for the state when he was training al Qaeda. Oh and John Brennan is in town. Someone should read him a newspaper.

Aden Press: In the first public admission and an official accused of belonging to al-Qaeda and the indoor court specializes in Sana’a the role played by the Yemeni regime of helping Al Qaeda for logistical support to keep this terrorist organization at the disposal of the Sanaa regime to exercise through which the policy of blackmail destructive to obtain international support or threaten these seducer their security and regional and global peace at risk, as the transfer site, “News Yemen” Badr Al-Hassani, admitted his role before the Court in words attributed to him, but he said, explaining rationale for coming to Marib to train young people at martial arts: “Before coming, coordination with Ghalib hay – Chairman of the PSO Yemeni “intelligence” – which gave him the amount of 50 thousand riyals to go, and returned two days later, he was well in touch with the political security officer Abdullah Alocwal. (Read on …)

Plotters of the pedestrian suicide attack on UK Amb Torlot to trial

Filed under: TI: Internal, UK, UK amb, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:16 pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The same failed AQAP strategy that they employed in the attack on South Korean convoy.

SANAA (Yemen) – THE trial of a German, a Syrian and two Yemenis allegedly linked to a failed suicide attack on Britain’s ambassador in Yemen will begin next week, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

‘On Monday, four Al-Qaeda militants, among them a German and a Syrian, suspected of attempting to assassinate the British ambassador, will appear in court,’ a judicial source told AFP. (Read on …)

Two Americans face charges of aiding AQAP

Filed under: TI: External, US jihaddis, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:27 am on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Earlier reports here and here.

HST FBI charges against US citizens follow report from Bipartisan Policy Center

Additional charges, unveiled Tuesday, of aiding al Qaeda against two American citizens added fuel to a recent report that US domestic terrorism remains on the rise as terrorists seek to recruit American foot-soldiers.

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed the charges against Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff for providing material support to al Qaeda, including money and computer assistance. US District Judge Kimba Wood will arraign the suspects on Thursday morning. (Read on …)

Jaber Ali Al Qaifi arrested near Lauder, Update: another Gitmo and rehab grad, Jabir Jubran Ali Al Fayfi

Filed under: Abyan, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another Saudi? Update: Gitmo, Saudi rehab grad, again:

Fox News: A Saudi once held at Guantanamo Bay has been picked up as part of a larger roundup over the weekend of operatives connected to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a source in Yemen with firsthand knowledge of the arrest told Fox News. The suspect uses various aliases, but he was identified to Fox News as Jabir Jubran Ali Al Fayfi. According to defense department documents, he was detainee number 188 at the Navy detention camps.

Fayfi was transferred from the Guantanamo Bay facility to Saudi Arabia in late 2006 after what one official described as a lengthy review. At the time, Fayfi was considered “low risk” and part of a series of test cases to assess whether the rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia worked. He faces conspiracy charges, including aiding and abetting terrorism.

Yemen Observer (government mouthpiece): A foreign al-Qaeda suspect was arrested in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, said the ministry of interior on Saturday.

Jaber Ali Al Qaifi, 27, an Arab, was arrested in Mukairas area while riding a motorcycle from the town of Lawdar where fierce confrontations between al-Qaeda and the Yemen security forces killed more than 30 people including 19 militants and 11 soldiers earlier last month. (Read on …)

Arrest in Lauder: Salah Ali Abdullah al-Dammani

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:18 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

al Motamar A security source has told that security forces arrested on Thursday one of al-Qaeda elements in Luder district, Abyan province.

The source added that the terrorist that was arrested is Salah Ali Abdullah al-Dammani and considered one of the dangerous elements active among al-Qaeda ranks in Abyan. (Read on …)

State Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaea- an active affiliate of al Qaeda, security charges

Filed under: Counter-terror, Media, TI: Internal, Yemen, anwar, arrests — by Jane Novak at 4:03 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Its the same type of charges they brought against al Khaiwani but the world objected. They lie so often that its difficult to believe anything. Shaea is BFF with Anwar Awlaki and interviewed Fahd al Quso and Nassir al Wahishi, by itself, not a crime. We’ll have to see what the next magazine looks like.

Security source said that the case of the journalist Abdualah Shai’a will soon be referred to public prosecutor in preparation for his trial, pending the completion of investigations. The Security authority has accused Shai’a as being an active affiliate of al-Qaeda offering logistical support to the leadership and its members.

According to the security Shai’a offered cassettes from al-Qaeada operations in Yemen to the media and received money which he used to support the organization. The security authorities also concern Shai’a as one of the most enthusiastic defenders and promoters of al-Qaeda and its operations through the satellite channels where he presents himself as an expert on al-Qaeda. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda Death Squads Kills Two Soliders in Abyan, Yemen (Updated: 12)

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:29 am on Friday, August 20, 2010

Al Qaeda declared war on all Yemenis in a recent statement: any one with a government job or walking past anything western deserves to die, the statement said. The death squads have killed dozens of police and soldiers.

SANA’A, Aug. 20 (Saba) – Two soldiers were killed in an attack of al-Qaeda on Thursday in Apian governorate, a security source said on Friday. The source told the ruling party-run that the some affiliates of al-Qaeda have carried a sudden attack with machine guns on a number of security men in a public souk and escaped. The attack has left, in addition to the two killed, a wounded soldier. The security authorities have tightened security measures in the governorate and begun hunting the attackers.


SANA’A, Aug. 20 (Saba) - The security services in Abyan governorate managed to find out the identities of the perpetrators involved in killing 36-year-old Sergeant Sultan Abd-al-Karim al-Shar’abi, a security source in Al-Mahfid Security Department has said. The Interior Ministry said that the investigations revealed the involvement of three persons in setting an ambush for al-Shar’abi on 13 August.

The three perpetrators are: Abdullah Muhammad Abdullah (27), Yaslam Ali Hadi Laksar (35) and Salim Ali Hadi Laksar (22). They are all from al-Mahfid District. The Ministry showed that the three perpetrators are at large, but a search operation is underway to arrest them.


(Reuters) - Twelve Yemeni soldiers have died in two days of clashes with gunmen suspected of being al Qaeda militants, a local official said, the latest in a string of attacks on security personnel in south Yemen since June. (Read on …)

Yemen Captures Previously Surrendered al Qaeda Hizam Majali

Filed under: Air strike, USS Cole, Yemen, arrests, surrenders — by Jane Novak at 9:47 am on Thursday, August 19, 2010

Limburg defendant survives hellfire attack

Bombs a ship and tried to down a helicopter, sentenced to death in 2004, escapes Feb 2006, surrenders Aug 2006 and released, survives Arhab airstrike and captured again August 2010

Original post: In 2006, 23 high value al Qaeda prisoners escaped the Political Security jail in the capital Sana’a, aided by some government officials. Supposedly they used a spoon to dig the tunnel but actually used a drill according to other prisoners in the jail at the time. Some escapees were later killed by security forces. All the rest surrendered and were then released on loose house arrest. The only two who remain on the lam are Nasir al Wahishi and al Qasim al Reimi, currently the leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

At the time, the releases were condoned by some as the way things are done in Yemen. Now the state is labeling them as dangerous al Qaeda (and any convicted murder and friend of Fawaz al Reibi certainly is) which the security forces managed to catch to the glee of the US. Its a total crock. Either they called him up and asked nicely to go to jail for a few weeks or worse yet, the previously surrendered, convicted al Qaeda murderer was actually plotting attacks. Today’s news from AFP :

SANAA — Yemeni security forces have arrested a suspected Al-Qaeda militant who was sentenced to death for attacking a French ship and was among 23 prison escapees in 2006, a security official said on Thursday. Huzam Majali, who is considered a leading figure of Al-Qaeda in the area of Arhab, north of the capital, was arrested on Wednesday. “He surrendered after a successful raid by the anti-terrorism forces on a house he was hiding in,” the official said.

Hiding, why is he hiding when he made a deal with Yemen’s president for his release? The background:

Jamestown: Hizam Salih Ali Mujali (b. 1980): Hizam is the older brother of Arif Mujali. He is from the governorate of Sanaa. Yemeni forces arrested him along with Fawaz al-Rabay’i in late 2003. The two resisted arrested, and fired at the security forces, killing one soldier, Hamid Khasruf. Hizam, like his younger brother, Arif, was part of the 15-man cell that went on trial in 2004. Hizam was charged with attacking a Hunt Oil helicopter and for participating in the attack on the Limburg. On August 30, 2004, he was sentenced to death for killing Khasruf. This sentence was upheld by a higher court in February 2005. Both Hizam and Arif turned themselves into the government in August 2006 (al-Wasat, August 30, 2006). Their surrender was orchestrated by Sheikh Hadi Dalqim, a tribal leader from Marib, who served as a mediator between the government and the brothers. It is unclear whether Mujali’s sentence was commuted as a result of the negotiations.

Its certainly clear now.

Update: SABA the state propaganda agency:

SANA’A, Aug. 19 (Saba) – Al-Qaeda suspect Hizam Mujali has surrendered himself to the security authorities, the Defense Ministry-run reported on Thursday…He was also part of the infamous 2006 prison break. However, he eventually turned himself back in to the security authorities, striking a deal that would allow him to keep his freedom on the condition that he did not rejoin al Qaeda.

That condition appears to have recently been broken. The government targeted him in a raid launched in Arhab area December 2009. Although his brother Arif was captured, Hizam managed to escape.

The Defense Ministry said that security forces in Apian (Abyan) Province have captured after a manhunt operation a senior al-Qaeda suspect called Anis al-Oli. Security sources told the website arresting such suspects and many others came as a result of information have been taken from al-Qaeda leaders and elements have been arrested recently.

Egyptian Arrested in Yemen, Ibrahim al-Banna, Headed Iraqi al-Qaeda

Filed under: Counter-terror, Hadramout, Iraq, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:35 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010

Earlier report on the trial. Update: note “al Banaa” translates as “construction.”

al Watan مصري درب خليفة الزرقاوي ويرأس استخبارات القاعدة يحاكم في اليمن Egypt trained Zarqawi’s successor is headed by al-Qaeda intelligence on trial in Yemen
الاثنين, 16-أغسطس-2010 Monday, 16 – August -2010
الوطن – كشفت مصادر أمنية عن معلومات جديدة بشأن المصري المقبوض عليه الأسبوع الماضي في محافظة حضرموت اليمنية، على خلفية تولّيه منصباً قيادياً في تنظيم ‘القاعدة’ في اليمن. Home – security sources disclosed new information on the Egyptian arrested last week in the Yemeni province of Hadramaut, on the background taking a leadership position in the organization of ‘bottom’ in Yemen. (Read on …)

28 al-Qaeda on Trial in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Hadramout, TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 2:13 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Arrested in 2008 in Hadramout, charges filed in 2010, trial date to be determined:

Yemen Observer: A total of 28 Al Qaeda suspects including a Saudi and an Egyptian nationals will be put on trial for charges of forming an armed gang for carrying out terrorist acts in Yemen, a prosecution statement said Saturday (8/7/10).

The statement said the Saudi national is called Abdullah Faraj Mohammed Al Jawbar, and the Egyptian is called Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh Al Bana’a. The Egyptian had 11 different names, the statement said.

Seven of the defendants will be tried in absentia including Shaker bin Hamel, Saleh bin Ali Jaber, and Mutaz ba Zabad, as fugitives from justice. (Read on …)

Battle of Mareb Participants Sentenced to Death

Filed under: Marib, Yemen, anwar, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It was billed by Awlaki as the first face to face confrontation between the military and AQAP. Does anyone really think that Anwar Awlaki was at the battle of Marib? Whoever wrote that post on his site at the time was still pumped with adrenaline. Let give it two years and see if the sentence is still standing.

July 7: AFP: A court in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday sentenced to death two young men suspected of being Al-Qaeda members for a series of lethal attacks. The men, Mansour Saleh Salem Daleel, 18, and Mubarak Ali Hadi al-Shabwani, 23, who denied the charges, were arrested on December 11 in the Marib province of eastern Yemen.

The pair were accused of “participating in an armed gang which carried out criminal actions against military and security officials and members of the armed forces,” according to the list of charges…The two men were likewise accused of killing three officials along with their two companions while they were driving on November 3 in the southern province of Hadramut. Also, the prosecution said they killed a soldier in a July 2009 attack on an army truck loaded with weapons and ammunition.

Mmareb Press reports some instances of civil disobedience following the sentencing of two from Marib, accused as al-Qaeda: He said a local source for “Marib Press” Gunmen, believed to have ties including convicted today of the Specialized Penal Court in Sana’a, they opened fire on a military post at the entrance to the city of Marib (point of the airport), had cut off the tribe (Al until you Ubaydah) by Whistler Sana after the verdict.

NEFA has an account of Awlaki’s write up which includes more misdirected artillery: “The army used artillery to bomb the houses of the brothers but the shells fell on houses of members of the tribe who were against the mujahideen. The fight started at noon July 30th and ended at sunset…The first face to face fight between the army and the mujahideen ended in a resounding victory for the mujahideen.”

Yemen Convicts al-Qaeda Terrorists Except the One Fighting in Sa’ada

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, attacks, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:24 am on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It seems like such a simple story: Yemen upholds conviction of terrorists.

This is the Tarim cell arrested in Hadramout and convicted in the mortar attack on the US embassy in March 2008 and the murder of two Belgian tourists (killed when terrorists sprayed their car with gunfire in Hadramout) and other attacks during 2007 and 2008 in Sana’a, Aden and Hadramout Provinces against military, security and oil installations and residential complexes as well as security checkpoints, oil pipelines and foreign companies headquarters for a total of 23 attacks including the suicide bombing of the Sayoun police station. They confessed to receiving funds from Saudi Arabia but were planning on robbing banks for more.

In the case against the murders of the Spanish tourists, the al Qaiti cell was charged in the mortar attacks on the US embassy. Al-Waely and al-Dhayani are at large, the state reported in June 2009.

However, Ammar al Waeli is “at large” in Sa’ada fighting on behalf of the Yemeni government, Attagammua reported. See my article, Large al Qaeda camp in North Yemen dims peace prospects, politician says. There are many reports of Salafi on the battlefield.

Hamza al-Dhayani, the supposed driving instructor for the attack on the Spanish tourists and participant in the mortar attack on the US Embassy, recently surrendered from Marib. (Ghalib al-Zaidi also surrendered, to his cousin the governor of Marib.) In a previous interview, Hamza Dhayani accused the state of perpetrating some terror attacks, “I am ready to prove the reality that some attacks were planned in co-ordination and agreement of the Political Security and its agents to gain foreign support and to confirm to America that they (the Yemeni state) launch war against terrorism.” (Dhayani is not among the 16 whose sentences were upheld.)

Maybe next, Yemen will extradite the four Syrians in exchange for Anwar Awlaki’s brother in law, Nabil Al-Dhahab, who confessed on Syrian TV to a terror attack in Damascus.

The Yemen Post article on the ruling is posted below for posterity’s sake: (Read on …)

American among foreigners rounded up in Yemen including Australian woman

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Judicial, TI: External, UK, USA, airliner, anwar, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:25 pm on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Several other foreigners were arrested in Yemen including Americans, Brits, French, Asians and Africans, at the behest of foreign intelligence agencies. Yemeni security said the group was linked to the Nigerian’s airliner terror plot and Anwar Awlaki who repeatedly announces how proud he is to have been Abdulmattalab’s “teacher.”

An Australian woman, Shyloh Giddins, was arrested in Yemen May 15. Her two children are under house arrest alone, with a neighbor tending to them twice a day. Giddens was associated with some Bengali citizens who were later deported from Yemen. ”

Yemen holds Americans, others in al-Qaida probe

SAN’A, Yemen — Yemeni authorities have detained several foreigners, including Americans, Britons and an Australian woman, in connection with an investigation into al-Qaida’s increased activity in the country, security officials said Wednesday.

The arrests were made after foreign intelligence agencies provided lists of names of people they wanted detained or put under surveillance, the two security officials said. (Read on …)

Naif al Qahtani’s family doubts his death

Filed under: Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:12 am on Saturday, May 29, 2010

al Qahtani was recently sanctioned by the US and then the US said he was killed in an explosion while working on a bomb. Meanwhile, al Qaeda expert Abdulelah Haider Shayer says he died in a shoot out with Saudi forces last month. Qassim al Reimi was sanctioned at the same time as al Qahtani. Related: with the Yemenis staying home, al Qaeda in Iraq has a suicide bomber shortage.

Saudi Gazette Sa’eed Bin Muhammad Al-Koudari Al-Qahtani, the elder brother of wanted terrorist Naif Al-Qahtani who has been implicated in the 2009 assassination attempt on Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, has denied receiving official information that his brother had been killed in Yemen. Speaking to Okaz, Al-Qahtani, who describes the brother he remembers as “kind and quiet”, recalled his last contact with him. (Read on …)

AQIY Saudi Liason Al Qahtani: Dies in Work Accident

Filed under: Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:24 am on Saturday, May 22, 2010

The US sanctions al Qahtani after his death, and then the US says he died previously building a bomb. Meanwhile, expert Abdulelah Haider Shayer says he died in a shoot out with Saudi forces last month. Qassim al Reimi was sanctioned at the same time as al Qahtani.

Fox: A man whom the U.S. described as a key figure in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula accidentally blew himself up, U.S. military officials told Fox News. The officials say Nayif Al-Qahtani was “messing with a bomb” when it went off. U.S. officials had been watching him, but Fox News’ sources insist the U.S. had nothing to do with his death.

Al-Qahtani was “a vibrant guy linked to ongoing operations planning, and his death will have an impact,” one official told Fox News.

An Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula newsletter was the first to announce his death a week after the United States put terror sanctions on him. The newsletter did not say when it happened but said Al-Qahtani died in Yemen’s Abyan province in the south of the country.

The State Department recently described al-Qahtani as “a liaison between Al Qaeda cells in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.” It said he manages Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s operations in Yemen and receives financial support from abroad to launch attacks in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Yemen Questions US Citizen Mobley

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, US jihaddis, arrests — by Jane Novak at 3:49 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sure took them long enough

SANAA, May 6 (Reuters) – Yemeni authorities have begun questioning a U.S. citizen suspected of being an al Qaeda militant who is accused of killing a guard as he tried to escape a hospital, a state-run website said on Thursday.

Sharif Mobley, arrested in March along with 10 al Qaeda suspects, was handed over to a court in the capital Sanaa. He also faces charges of wounding another guard as he tried to shoot his way out of the hospital where he was being treated, the Yemeni Defence Ministry website said. (Read on …)

Two New Yorkers Charged with Aid to al Qaeda after Yemen Trip

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: External, US jihaddis, arrests — by Jane Novak at 1:04 pm on Friday, April 30, 2010

The material support was computer systems modernization and technical advice. The indictment is here. The time frame is November 2007 through March 2010. Hasanoff received $50K in Nov. 2007. Hanafy traveled to Yemen in Feb of 2008. In March 2008 through May 2008, Hanafy ran a software program that enabled secure internet communication with al Qaeda.

CBS Two United States citizens residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been charged with trying to aid Al Qaeda terrorists. According to the indictment obtained by CBS News, the men, Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, and Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, are charged with one count of “conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.”

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Also according to the indictment, “the defendants would and did agree to provide al Qaeda with, among other things, computer advice and assistance, services, and currency, knowing that al Qaeda had engaged and was engaging in terrorist activity[.]”
(Read on …)

3 of Khaled Abdul Nabi’s Group Arrested

Filed under: Aden, Yemen, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:50 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010

All of a sudden Nabi is al Qaeda again. Last year, he was leading a group of jihaddists for the state during the battle in Ja’ar. In the years before, state officials insisted he was a peaceful farmer and then that they captured him after a five year chase. In 2004, they reported al Nabi dead to the US. In 2005 (after Saleh visited Bush) Nabi was jailed and in an interview said that they were only jailed when the regime needed to use them as mercenaries against opposition of some sort or another.

AFP SANAA — Yemeni authorities arrested three alleged Al-Qaeda members accused of killing two policemen and blowing up an official’s vehicle in the southern province of Abyan, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

The three men, identified as Mujib Hafsah, Mohammed al-Bakawi and Mohammed Ismail, were arrested in the southern province of Aden on Sunday, the ministry’s news website said, citing a security source.

They are accused of blowing up the car of a local government official on April 19, while Bakawi and Ismail are also suspected of killing two policemen, the website said.

“During interrogations, the suspects admitted that they were appointed by Khaled Abdulnabi, a member of Al-Qaeda in Abyan province,” it said.

Abdulnabi was a leading member of the Aden-Abyan Islamic army, an armed group which was active in the south before it went into oblivion a few years ago.

Updated: Two Dead, Three Stories

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Hodeidah, Security Forces, Yemen, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:18 pm on Sunday, April 18, 2010

Random guys, wanted al Qaeda, and/or security forces

News YemenTwo wanted, allegedly al-Qaeda suspects, were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in the province of Hodeidah, west of Yemen early Sunday.

The three men refused to stop at a checkpoint in Hodeidah and started gunshot with security forces, who killed two and arrested the third one, official sources told News Yemen, but declined to identify the three men as al-Qaeda suspects. Reuters quoted a security as claming that the three men are suspected al-Qaeda members.

AlSahwa Net quoted security sources as saying that one of the three suspects, identified as Qais al-Jabobi, was carrying an ID of the National Security and the two others were carrying IDs of the Central Security.

Update: Or maybe they were random al Qaeda with ID from the National Security:

Yemen Post: Two wanted people were killed and an officer was injured on Sunday in an exchange of gunfire between three fugitives and police in western Yemen.

Security sources said that the fugitives whom the Interior Ministry alerted the security authorities about their car as wanted a week ago clashed with police at Alshamalia checkpoint in Hodeida province.

Before the incident, the three convinced other checkpoints they were national security officials using forged IDs, according to the Alsahwa website. But when the checkpoint was alerted about them, they could not pass and then started firing at police, forcing police to return fire.

As a result, two of them were killed identified as Qais Al-Jabobi, holding a national security ID, and Majed Saleh, a central security soldier. The third was arrested and is now being investigated to know the motives of the shooting.

Blows up ship, arrested, escapes, plots new attack, arrested, released: Arif Mujali

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:21 am on Saturday, April 17, 2010

That’s Yemen for you.

Yemen Post Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP rejected on Wednesday reports including statements by a Somali minister that it had relocated to Somalia, the News Yemen reported.

On the other hand, an official source said that security authorities had freed an Al-Qaeda-linked detainee, Arif Mujali who escaped from the Central Prison in Sana’a in 2006. Mujali was charged with attacking the French oil tanker off Mukalla port in 2002. Mujala was recently arrested among a group that planned to attack foreign missions in the country including the British embassy.

Once the Yemeni government starts releasing al Qaeda, we have to look to see what’s happening on the other side of the deal. Its usually a quid pro quo or a powerful military commander.

Round Up: Naval Jihad and Saudi Arrests

Filed under: Saudi Arabia, TI: External, Yemen, arrests, pirates — by Jane Novak at 8:48 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The Navy is warning ships sailing in waters near Yemen that al Qaeda is planning seaborne attacks similar to the 2000 suicide boat bombing of the USS Cole. A warning notice posted on the Web site of the Office of Naval Intelligence and dated March 10 stated that the alert was issued to promote security for shipping companies and other vessels transiting the piracy-plagued region.

“Information suggests that al Qaeda remains interested in maritime attacks in the Bab-al-Mandeb Strait, Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden along the coast of Yemen,” the special advisory notice stated.

Yemen Observer: US Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James R Clapper has met president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a to discussed the joint cooperation between the United States and Yemen.

Naval Intelligence warns al Qaeda remains interested in attacking ships in the bab al Mendab

Guardian: Saudi security services have arrested more than 100 militants believed to be linked to al-Qaida, the country’s Interior Ministry said today.

The suspects include 47 Saudi nationals, 51 Yemenis, a Somali, an Eritrean and a Bangladeshi, a ministry statement said.

The arrests of the suspects – accused of planning attacks on oil plants and other infrastructure – were carried out over five months.

Many of those detained had come to Saudi Arabia on visas to visit holy sites or by sneaking across its borders. The ministry alleges that they wanted to join up and organise attacks with al-Qaida.

Most of those held were arrested in the southern province of Jazan, near the border with Yemen, according to Saudi media reports.

Explosives belts, apparently intended for use in suicide attacks, were also reported to have been seized.

One of those being held is a Yemeni national described by security officials as a prominent member of al-Qaida, according to Reuters.

Separately, the authorities arrested 12 people from two al-Qaida cells originating across the border in Yemen, where a branch of the terrorist network has established a significant base of operations over the past year.

The two cells were also in the preliminary stages of planning attacks on oil and security facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-producing Eastern Province, home to the world’s biggest oil refinery.

“The 12 in the two cells were suicide bombers,” security affairs spokesman Mansour al-Turki said. “We have compelling evidence against all of those arrested, that they were plotting terrorist attacks inside the kingdom.”

One India Fox News quoted Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman General Mansour Al-Turki as saying that the arrest of the alleged plotters not only had prevented the attacks, but broken up a network of Al Qaeda-affiliated radicals that included two suicide bombing cells.

“They were ready but waiting for an order which fortunately didn’t come,” he said of the militants.

While Al-Turki declined to identify which facilities the suspects were allegedly targeting, he said one of the suspects, a Saudi national, was employed by a private Saudi industrial security company responsible for protecting oil sites and other critical infrastructure.

“As an employee, he had access to all of those sites and to current plans for protecting them,” he said.

He did not dispute news reports indicating that the plotters had been exchanging e-mails with a man in Yemen believed to be a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.ccording to reports, members of the two suicide cells had been exchanging coded e-mails about the planned strikes with a man in Yemen whom the accounts called “Abu Hajer.”

One Saudi official said “Abu Hajer” is believed to be a nom de guerre for Said Al Shihri, a Saudi leader of AQAP.

He was released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in December 2007 after being held there for six years, and he was taken to a Saudi rehabilitation center from which he disappeared. (ANI)

Yemen Arrests 11 al Qaeda?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Sana'a, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Thursday, March 4, 2010

CNN: Yemen arrests 11 terrorists.

Estimates of al Qaeda presence in Yemen range from 3000 operatives and support staff, on the high side to 300 on the low. Eleven is a start for sure. But its Yemen, so this press release could actually mean a number of things:

1- authentic arrests of an operational al Qaeda cell (probably based on foreign intel..)
2- show arrests of 17 year olds made to demonstrate Yemen’s commitment to tackling al Qaeda for the benefit of western media and officials
3- some entirely unrelated group of individuals belonging to the domestic opposition, southerners or Houthis
4- even maybe top echelon terrorists (It has happened a few times. If fact, almost all the top leaders of al Qaeda in Yemen were in prison in Yemen within the last five years, and then either escaped or were released on an early parole. For example, “most wanted terrorist” Fahd al Quso, convicted USS Cole bomber, was released by authorities about three years into his ten year sentence.)

The funny thing about the press release from the state media is that Yemen claims for the fourth time that top al Qaeda commander Qasim al Reimi is dead but he was spotted alive and well recently, brunching in fact. The Yemeni government really has no credibility.

If Yemen really did capture 11 al Qaeda, the next questions are: who interrogates them, how long do they stay in jail before escaping, and are they able to direct operations from within jail?

More Marek

Filed under: Other Countries, Somalia, Yemen, anwar, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:04 am on Monday, March 1, 2010

the Australian: The Australians who have travelled to Yemen include a Sydney man who left for the Middle East late last year, only weeks after having his passport returned to him by ASIO. It had been confiscated following an ASIO assessment that he was “likely to support or participate in acts of politically motivated violence”. (Read on …)

Updated: Al Qaeda #2, Saed al Shehri not Captured in Yemen, Not Yousef either

Filed under: Yemen's Lies, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 3:13 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A follow up to our earlier post: Yousef (not Saed) al Shehri Accidentally Captured, Updated: Maybe Saed

Smart money bet that Yemen’s announcement of the (accidental) capture of Saed al Shehri would be bogus, as was the three deaths of al Qaeda leader Qasim al Reimi who is quite alive.

So far Yemen’s “All Out War” on al Qaeda yielded zero among the top leadership but lots and lots of false reporting and propaganda to the contrary. Its been like this all along.

Update: Yousef al Shehri was killed in October 2009 trying to cross into Saudi Arabia, dressed in women’s clothes. Who the heck had the traffic accident and is custody is anyone’s guess at this point, but odds are high that its not anyone of significance or even associated with al Qaeda. Does the Yemeni government just pull a name out of a hat when it comes up with this stuff?

Yemen Observer: YEMEN – The last issue of the Yemen Observer, the al-Qaeda militant that was captured is not Saeed al-Shehri who is the deputy Amir of al-Qaeda AKAP but another militant known as Yusuf al-Shehri. As a result of this error the Yemen Observer apologizes to its readers for this error.

This story is that A car carrying members of al-Qaeda was turned over when attempted to bypass a newly established sudden checkpoint by the Yemeni security units today and resulted in the capture of Yusuf al-Shehri, security source told the Yemen Observer.

The car was going in a high speed and was carrying al-Shehri and other al-Qaeda militants and flipped over in the district of Sylan in Shabwah province near the borders of Marib province. All the militants in the car were captured.

Yousef (not Saed) al Shehri Accidentally Captured, Updated: Maybe Saed

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 4:34 pm on Sunday, January 17, 2010

Update: the Yemen Observer deleted the story below and rewrote the article to indicate it was Saed not Yousef al Shehri that crashed the car and was captured. The first link is dead. Tacky tacky.

Original Post: The Yemeni government’s English language mouthpiece Yemen Observer is conflating al Qaeda operative Yousef al Shehri with top al Qaeda in Yemen leader Saed al Shehri (Saudi, ex-Gitmo).

A car carrying members of al-Qaeda was turned over when attempted to bypass a newly established sudden checkpoint by the Yemeni security units today and resulted in the capture of Yusuf al-Shehri, the second person in command (ed- No, he’s not.) of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, security source told the Yemen Observer. (Read on …)

Abdullah al Midhar?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Security Forces, TI: Internal, arrests, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 11:16 am on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yemen kills a guy no one ever heard of and maybe its legit, but everything coming out of the Yemeni state media and security needs to be taken with a grain or bucket of salt. If its true that al Midhar is a major al Qaeda figure with his own cell, then there’s a lot going on under the radar, considering Wahishi and the three stooges are thought to be the essence of Al Qaeda. Check my timeline Al Qaeda in Yemen Arrests 2002-2009.

SHABWA, Jan. 13 (Saba) – Security forces in Shabwa province have killed one of the major figures of al-Qaeda in Yemen, Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday. (Read on …)

108 Jihaddists were Released in Feb 09 as Concession to al Qaeda

Filed under: South Yemen, TI: Internal, War Crimes, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:19 pm on Monday, January 11, 2010

Update: Yemen denies with the standard claim that al Fadhli is linked to al Qaeda. As usual they fail to explain why al Fadhli was a member of the Saleh government for over a decade handling the “jihaddists file” which they transfered to someone else after al Fadhli’s defection.

Original post: Wow, this is interesting stuff, and current! Its about time al Fadhli dished a little dirt.

-the January 09 meeting with Saleh and the dozens of Jihaddists was to ask them to broker a deal with al Qaeda whereby al Qaeda would leave Yemen in exchange for money. Saleh was negotiating with Wahishi through back channels and would have happily sent them to Saudi Arabia or Somalia.

- the release of the over 108 jihaddists at that time was part of the negotiations. The Yemeni government defended the release as “aged member of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army who were never charged with anything.” According to Tariq al Fadhli, they were al Qaeda members.

- Saleh requested al Fadhli assassinate four southern leaders, which was when he defected. Hundreds of southern politicians were assissinated by Saleh’s proxies in the period between unity in 1990 and the civil war in 1994.

From the Telegraph: Yemen offered to free all al-Qaeda militants held in its prisons last year if the group agreed to leave the country, a former senior government official has claimed.

Although the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s president, released 130 of its fighters as a goodwill gesture, al-Qaeda’s leadership in Yemen rejected the deal, according to Tariq al-Fahdli, who has since joined an outlawed group fighting for the secession of the south.

“Because we were previously with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Saleh asked us to act as a broker,” Mr Fahdli said, adding that the president had offered to pay the group money to move to Somalia, Saudi Arabia or another country.

Mr Fahdli was recruited along with fellow veterans who fought Soviet occupation in Afghanistan to form a militia against communists in south Yemen during a 1994 civil war.

He said he defected last year to a new movement fighting for southern independence after Mr Saleh asked him to kill the secessionists’ four leaders. (Read on …)

Airline Plot Method Matches Yemen Al Qaeda Attack on Prince Naif

Filed under: Sana'a, TI: External, Yemen, airliner, arrests, prince — by Jane Novak at 1:05 pm on Sunday, December 27, 2009

PETN, our new vocabulary word, was used in both the attack of Prince Naif and in the recent airliner incident. In both cases the explosive device was sewn into underware. The Nigerian says he was trained at a camp near Sana’a (Arhab?), and recruited online by a “radical cleric” who facilitated contact with al Qaeda in Yemen. The Yemeni government hasn’t yet recieved any official communications from the US on the matter. Full coverage of the earlier attack on Prince Naif here in my category, Attacks-Prince.

MSNBC: U.S. agencies are looking into whether al-Qaida extremists in Yemen directed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and provided him with the explosives used in the failed bombing of Northwest Flight 253, senior administration officials told NBC News on Saturday. (Read on …)

Yemeni Opposition Parties Denounce “Massacre” and False Hunt for al Qaeda

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Sana'a, South Yemen, USA, arrests — by Jane Novak at 4:09 pm on Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sahwa Net – Main Yemeni opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties, in Abyan governorate has denounced assaults launched by Yemeni forces on alleged al-Qaeda sites on Thursday in Abyan, describing the strikes as a “brutal massacre”. (Read on …)

Yemen Govt, “airstrike targeted a training camp with tents” in Abyan

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Military, South Yemen, War Crimes, arrests — by Jane Novak at 2:32 pm on Friday, December 18, 2009

It was a training camp with tents, the Yemeni government says, not a traditional Bedouin village in Abyan. And they surrounded the “al Qaeda camp” and launched a ground assault after the bombing. CNN doesn’t mention the civilian casualties (broadcast on al Jazeera) or MPs statements calling for an inquiry into what appears to be a airstrike on a civilians or even former president al Beidh who predictably issued a long poetic missive in Arabic only. They, and many others, regurgitated the Yemeni government’s line in its entirety. The language barrier is the opposition’s to overcome. Love this: “Qassim Al-Raymi, the military commander for al Qaeda in Yemen and two ‘known’ accomplices were able to flee…” Unbelievable. Presumably they meant the Arhab raid, not the Abyan one, although its muddy from the reporting.

(CNN) — An airstrike in Yemen earlier this week killed a leading al Qaeda figure there, a Yemeni government official said Friday.

The official, who is not named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, told CNN that Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Ali Al-Kazemi was killed in an airstrike in the southern province of Abyan on Thursday, along with “scores of operatives.” (Read on …)

Yemeni MP Calls for Investigation of Civilian Slaughter Under Guise of Counter-Terror

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, South Yemen, USA, arrests — by Jane Novak at 1:24 pm on Friday, December 18, 2009

After all this time and all the lies and all the elaborate hoaxes on the al Qaeda issue, who in the world takes Ali Abdullah Saleh at his word? Who, really?

The tens of millions offered by the Millennium Challenge Account didn’t spur any real reform, and apparently the winning smile just doesn’t cut it in Yemen either.

There’s been enough civilian slaughter in Sa’ada under the guise of counter-insurgency to warrent a war crimes tribunal. And there’s been enough in the South. A bogus counter-terror operation (or a sincere one, but we’ll never see that) doesn’t legitimize US support of a mass murderer.

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s opposition accused the government on Friday of killing dozens of civilians, including whole families, in raids a day earlier which the authorities said had killed about 30 al Qaeda militants. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda Raids in Yemen: a Show and a Massacre, US Applauds

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Military, War Crimes, arrests, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 10:35 am on Friday, December 18, 2009

Lets review. a) Qasim al Reimi manages to escape just minutes before the raid north of Sana’a in Arhab. Looks good on paper if you believe in fairy tales. b) Yemen bombs a Bedouin village in Abyan, where separatist sentiments are running high, killing over 60. The Yemeni military say the dead number 30 and were al Qaeda but the photos show women and children. The casualty lists show extremely poor Bedouin families wiped out en masse c) Obama calls Saleh and says “Good Job!” The Western media uses headlines like “Yemen Forces Strike Al Qaeda, Kill 34.” Its like deja vu all over again.

YemenOnline.Decembe 18- Three of al Qaeda members escaped from the last military attack carried out by security forces in a number of areas in Yemen yesterday.Kassim Al-Reami,Hisam Mogali and the third one is believed to be a non-Yemeni have escaped during the attack into unknown area .

al Jazeera: At least 34 people have been killed in raids on suspected al-Qaeda hide-outs and training sites in Yemen, security officials have said. (Read on …)

Updated: Arrests in Marib, 34 Killed in Abyan and Sana’a Raids

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Marib, Sana'a, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:50 am on Thursday, December 17, 2009

Update 5: Mareb Press: Where said raw statistics obtained by the site of Marib Press Fifty people were killed in the Abyan province, mainly women and children in addition to the death of eighteen an element of al Qaeda were killed and more than seventy other people were taken to each hospital in the Abyan and Al-Razi hospital in Aden, Captain , while the outcome of the confrontations in the Directorate of four people, welcome to Al Qaeda and three wounded were in critical condition and expected death, some by private sources. (Read on …)

Yemen Appeals Court Reduced Sentences for al Qaeda

Filed under: Judicial, TI: Internal, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:46 am on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

al Motamar spins the reduction in sentences.

Criminal Section specialized in issues of the state cases in Yemen, chaired by Judge Mohammed al-Hakimi on Tuesday judged the approval of imprisonment of the first defendant Usama Muhsin Assadi for seven years, reducing the sentence of the second defendant Isam Ali Ghailan for to 4 years and a half, reducing g the sentence of the third defendant Munir Hassan al-Buni from 7 to 4.5 years. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda Takes Japanese Hostage from Tribal Kidnappers

Filed under: TI: Internal, Tribes, arrests, hostages, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 9:42 am on Saturday, November 21, 2009

Update 2: Released unharmed, November 24.

Update: The governor of Sana’a says he is still with the original group of tribal kidnappers and negotiations are underway. Yemeni officials do not have a great record of telling the truth but in this case I hope its true.

If the imprisoned tribesman is 22, then he was 14 when he went to fight in Iraq??
“Sources at the Inferior Ministry confirmed that he person from Arahab tribes because of who was the kidnapping incident is accused of his affiliation to al-Qaeda organisation, who is Hussein Abdullah Hussein Qoub, fought in Iraq for two years and settled in Syria for one year and in Lebanon for another year and he was arrested after his return from Iraq four years ago.”

Original Post: Damn. An earlier report here. As an aside, the reason the 22 year old was held by the state without charges after fighting in Iraq is that jihad (murder) abroad is not illegal in Yemen and is often encouraged by the President on national TV, for example during the Lebanon crisis.

Hammoud Mounassar, AFP Al-Qaeda gunmen have seized a Japanese engineer from his tribal kidnappers in Yemen, a tribal source who has been seeking to negotiate his release said on Saturday.

“The hostage was seized by elements of Al-Qaeda, who took him to an unknown destination in the Maarib region,” east of the capital, Sanaa, one of two tribal mediators told AFP on condition of anonymity. (Read on …)

Saudis Reveal Weapons Stash Likely Smuggled from Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Proliferation, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:58 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

281 machine guns could spell trouble, Mumbai style. The cache is linked to the 44 arrested educated Saudis who were thought to be financing the weapons purchases. What is says about AQAP is a whole other story.

Saudi Gazette

RIYADH/DUBAI – New details have emerged concerning the discovery of the weapons stash at an “istiraha” rest house near Riyadh and the arrest of 44 suspected Al-Qaeda members which were announced at the beginning of November. (Read on …)

The Ja’ar Jihaddists Clash with Security Again, Updated

Filed under: Abyan, Security Forces, TI: Internal, arrests, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:42 am on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sami Dyan is the brother of Hassan Dayyan, if I recall correctly, and Khanfar, Abyan has been a hot spot for quite some time. The murder of suspected homosexuals and loose women were symptomatic of the extreme Talabanization of areas of Abyan last last year. Jamaat at Jihad, the Jihad Group, kidnapped an official and stormed a prison, killing one policeman, attempting to release their recently arrested commrade who was earlier released from prison during Ramadan, possibly by al Fadhli, but thats just buzz and besides they are freedom fighters now (joking joking).

Yemen Observer: Extensive gun fire was exchanged between the security forces and Jihadist militants groups in Khanfar district, Abyan province in the south of Yemen, last Saturday, said a source at the local council of Khanfar district.

A soldier was killed and two other soldiers were wounded, after the security forces arrested Fikri Ammorah , a member of the Jihadist group in Ja’ar of Khanfar district, said the source.

“Following Ammorah’s arrest, the jihadist groups, lead by Amir Sami Dyan, launched an offensive at the security center in Ja’ar, in an attempt to release Ammorah.” said the source. Ammorah is being detained for committing a number of crimes including murder and looting. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda in Womens Clothes

Filed under: Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, arrests — by Jane Novak at 6:29 pm on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You remember those exemplars of total submission, Yemeni al Qaeda, and their astounding innovation: “The third tactical shift is perhaps the most interesting, and that is the use of an IED hidden in the anal cavity of the bomber.” Well, they’re still at it:

UPI Saudi officials blame al-Qaida militants who crossed the southern border from Yemen for a shoot-out that left one police officer and two terrorists dead…Shoais had stopped a car of men dressed in women’s clothing believed to be hiding explosive belts, Emirati newspaper The National reports. The spokesman said security officials believe the men were preparing for a suicide operation.

Yemeni al Qaeda also wear make-up on a regular basis.


Is that a Jheri curl?

Variety of Foreign Al Qaeda in Marib

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, TI: External, TI: Internal, arrests, prince, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 9:24 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2009

so they pick up any random three and call it an investigation….

Saudi Gazette MAREB, Yemen – Three suspected members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been arrested in the Yemeni region of Marib since the beginning of the week.

Governor of Mareb Naji Al-Zayedi told Okaz newspaper Tuesday said that the arrests were the result of security campaigns following the attempted assassination of Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs last Thursday.

“The security services are investigating the three detained to discover their links with the terrorist organization and if they have been involved in terrorist acts,” Al-Zayedi said.

Al-Zayedi admitted that there had been a presence in the region of leading members of Al-Qaeda, headed by Yemeni Nasser Al-Wohaishi, alias “Abu Basir,” and large numbers of followers, among them Yemenis, Saudis, Libyans, Moroccans, Egyptians and Algerians.

“The tightening of security, however, has forced them to flee to other areas,” Al-Zayedi said, indicating their movements as conducted between the regions of Marib, Shabwa, Abyan and Al-Jouf.

Al-Zayed said the three followed the “between 30 and 40” suspects detained last month. – Okaz/SG

Yemen Arrests 1333 in a Week

Filed under: Crime, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:33 am on Thursday, August 6, 2009

Southerners? Houthis? Actual criminals? Its hard to say, but likely few of these will recieve a fair trial or a trial at all. The Yemen Post reports:

Spokesman of Yemeni government, Minister of Information Hasan Al-Lawzi said that 1333 suspects were arrested in an arrest campaign launched lately in the country.
Al-Lawzi said according to Ministry of Interior’s report security apparatuses arrested suspects over last week in the provinces of Yemen.
Sources cited that the ministry chased the criminals, who committed cases of kidnappings, killings, armed manifestations, stealing crimes, and highway robberies.
For its part, Ministry of Interior indicated that 43 security forces were killed, and another 203 were wounded during the campaign.
Local sources affirmed that security forces launched lately new strategies to arrest outlaws in Yemen.
On the other hand, Central Jail manager in Sana’a said that 210 suspects in Sana’a jail drug dealers arrested inside Yemen and close to the country borders.
Furthermore, suspects have different nationalities, including Syrian, Yemeni, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiti, Pakistani, and Iranian.

Military Linked Al Qaeda Murderers Busted by Accident in Marib, Yemen (?)

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Marib, Military, Security Forces, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:16 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2009

Update: thanks everybody!!!! It says its Ali Mohsen al Ahmar’s faction of al Qaeda…The jihaddists who killed the four soldiers were found with military cards and dead bodies in their car. Thats what the articles say.

Whether Ali Mohsen was trying to make the southerners look bad or he was making a move during an internal power struggle, the bottom line is – according to the articles- terrorists acting as agents of the Yemeni military killed other soldiers in a propaganda ploy.

They have been doing things like this all along, cloning their opponents to perpetrate various false flag attacks. The idea that al Qaeda when allied with the Yemeni regime is any less dangerous is absurd. If anything, the access to state resources increases their capacity.

Update 2: al Motamar reported the arrests (and blamed al Fadhli) and later began denying the arrests – which may mean they were released after some high level intercession: An official security sources has on Thursday denied the information reported by some newspapers and electronic papers on arresting, by security authorities in Mareb, the perpetrators of the crime of killing four security soldiers and injuring a fifth in Um Ayn the day before yesterday.

How complicated! The soldiers were killed in Abyan. And there’s fighting in Marib between al Qaeda and some security. This may take days to shake out.

Original post: I have to figure this out (or rather get someone to explain if it says what I think it says- HINT HINT.) Its a google translation of the latest scandal. It seems to say the perpetrators of the murder of the four Yemeni soldiers were state jihaddists but I need confirmation of who they belong to. There’s several groups of state jihaddists. From Aden Press (and below from Marib Press):

Control group of armed Bmorb followed involved the murder of Muhsin Red Yemeni security soldiers Babin

News مأرب_لندن “عدن برس” خاص: 29-7-2009 Marib-London, “Aden said,” special: 29-7-2009
تمكن أفراد إحدى النقاط العسكرية التابعة للجيش اليمني بمحافظة مأرب صباح اليوم من اعتقال منفذي الهجوم على إحدى نقاط الانتشار الأمنية الواقعة بمنطقة العين مديرية لودر والتي راح ضحيتها 4 جنود وأصيب خامس بإصابات بالغة . Enable members of one of the points of the military army of the Yemeni province of Marib on Monday morning from the arrest of the perpetrators of the attack on one of its proliferation in the eye of the security directorate for the generation that killed 4 soldiers and wounded a fifth was seriously injured. واكتشف الجنود تورط الجماعة الإرهابية المسلحة وذلك حينما مرت السيارة التي تقلهم بالنقطة وخضعت لعملية تفتيش روتينية عثر الجنود خلالها على جثتين لأشخاص قتلوا بالرصاص الحي . The soldiers discovered the involvement of the armed terrorist group, when the car passed the point of them underwent a routine check during which the soldiers found the bodies of people killed with live bullets.

وحينها قام الجنود بإلقاء القبض على من كان في السيارة بعد أن تم سلبهم أسلحتهم الشخصية وبتفتيش السيارة عثر بداخلها على بطائق عسكرية تخص الجماعة المسلحة حيث اتضح أنهم عسكريون يتبعون المنطقة العسكرية الشمالية التي يقودها علي محسن الأحمر احد اكبر الشخصيات المثيرة للجدل داخل صنعاء. And then the soldiers to arrest those who were in the car after it had been robbed of their personal weapons and searched the car found inside the military cards belonging to the armed group, where the military found that they follow the northern military region, which led to an improved one of the largest Red controversial figures in Sanaa. إحدى القيادات العسكرية في اللواء 315 مشاة من أبناء محافظة أبين والذي كان مشاركا في عملية توقيف السيارة واحتجازا فرادها قال في اتصال هاتفي بـ”عدن برس” طالبا عن عدم الكشف عن هويته أن عملية الإيقاف جاءت عن طريق الصدفة وعبر عملية تفتيش روتينية مؤكدا أن الجماعة المسلحة التي تم إيقافها تم العثور بحوزة أفرادها على مبالغ مالية وهواتف خليوية تعمل بنظام “الثرياء”. One of the military leadership in the 315 infantry brigade from the province of Abyan, which was involved in the process of arrest and detention car Fradha said in a telephone call to “Aden said,” students not to be named, that the suspension came about by accident and through a process of routine inspection, stressing that the armed group was stopped was found in possession of its members on the money and cell phones operating system “Althreya.” وكانت المفاجأة التي فجرها هذا القيادي هو تأكيده على أن مسئولين في العاصمة صنعاء ومسئولين عسكريين في المنطقة الشمالية قد حاولوا التدخل لأجل الإفراج الفوري عنهم وقبل ان يتم إبلاغ الجهات الرسمية في مر كز العاصمة صنعاء والتي أصدرت بدورها تعليمات فورية ومشددة بضرورة التحفظ على من تم اعتقالهم حتى وصول قوات خاصة من صنعاء لاستلامهم . It was triggered by the surprise leader, is the assertion that officials in the capital Sanaa, and military officials in the northern region had tried to intervene for the immediate release them and be informed before the official authorities in the capital Sanaa over Kz, which in turn issued instructions for immediate and heavy need a reservation to have been arrested so The arrival of special forces from Sanaa to receiving them. (Read on …)

Six Death Sentences for Al Qaeda /Jund/ Tarim Cell

Filed under: Counter-terror, Security Forces, a2, arrests, attacks, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 10:43 am on Monday, July 13, 2009

Also known as the Unification Brigades.

The sentence balances out the death sentence on the Houthi rebels quite nicely. (I am being sarcastic of course). Lets see what happens in the future, you can never tell from the sentence what the real level of punishment is going to be…

So this is the Tarim cell of al Qaiti that was found responsible for all the mortar attacks, the suicide car bombing on the Sayoun police station and the murder of the two poor Belgian women who were shot at farly close range in an ambush. Al Qaiti and al Qamish (head of the PSO) had their falling out and started slinging insults after the ambush and mortar attacks but before the Sayoun attack and subsequent raids.

They were charged with a total of 23 attacks. The Syrians were in Yemen for eight years before their arrest. some confessed to receiving funds from Saudi figures Then there’s this June 9: “I demand that the charges against me be dropped — the charges I have never heard of until I was interrogated,” said Hossam al-Amoudi, who was arrested in Syria on returning from Iraq.

Death, Imprisonment sentences to terrorists
Monday, 13-July-2009 – The Yemeni First Instance Criminal Court on Monday issued death sentences against 6 defendants and imprisonment of 10 others to terms of 8 to 15 years. The convicted persons were from al-Qaeda organisation cell ‘ Tarim cell known as Jund al-Yemen’ condemned of perpetrating terrorist acts , among them the killing of the two Belgian tourists and the driver Ahmed al-Amiri in Hadramout January 2008, attacking & July School near the American embassy in march of the same year, attacking residence complex of foreigners in Sana’a and attacking a number of security checkpoints, military camps and oil and vital installations and exposing security and safety of society to danger.

In the court sitting held under chairmanship of Judge Muhsin Mohammed Alwan the court passed its judgment of death sentence against each of Rawi Ahmed al-Saiari, Haitham Saeed Mubarak, Khalid Muslim Batees, Sultan Ali Sulaiman al-Saiari, Ali Muhsin Saleh al-Akbari and saeed Naïf Saeed Sankad.

The ruling also stipulated imprisonment sentences for 15 years for each of Mohammed Saeed Ahmed Baueidan, Mohammed Attiyah Ahmed al-Wahibi, Syrian , Mahmud Ahmed Mohammed Darwish, Syrian , Mohammed Khalil Ismael al-Shatti al-Shahwani, Syrian and Abdullah Ali Saleh Bawazir, Saudi.

The indictment mentioned participation of the defendants in the period December 2007- November 2008 with an armed cell and terrorist organisation carrying out criminal acts aimed at attacking foreigners in embassies, companies and places of their living quarters and tourists.

The court also sentenced to 12 years imprisonment against 3 of the accused and one of them to 8 years in prison and one of them to 8 years in jail.

Another Al Harbi Surrenders in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, Yemen, a2, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:25 am on Thursday, June 18, 2009

A few days ago, the Saudi Interior Ministry denied being notified of the arrest of Alwan, the “major financier” recently captured, just like the Saudis never officially heard about the seven Saudis captured that Yemen announced in the spring. This guy I think may be on the Saudi issued list of 85, I recall there were a lot of al Harbis there. Earth Times

Sana’a, Yemen – An alleged Saudi member of al-Qaeda has surrendered to police in Yemen, the Defence Ministry reported on Thursday – one week after the arrest of a Saudi man described as the senior financier of the terrorist group in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The man, identified as Naif Duhais Yahya al-Harbi, has provided “important information that will lead to the arrest of a number of dangerous members of the organisation,” the ministry said in its online newspaper.
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AQAP Financier Arrested

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, a2, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:49 am on Sunday, June 14, 2009

DUBAI Reuters – Yemen has arrested a man described as al Qaeda’s top financer in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, a security source told Reuters on Sunday, and seven Germans, a Briton and a South Korean have been kidnapped in north Yemen.

Saudi national Hassan Hussein Alwan was seized two days ago in Marib province in eastern Yemen, the security source said.

The most he can get three years like al Ahdel:

The alleged top al-Qaeda financier in Yemen has been arrested, security officials say.

He has been named as Hassan Hussein Bin Alwan, a Saudi Arabian national. Reports say he was detained two days ago in Marib province, east of the capital, Sanaa, and is facing charges of forming an armed group.

USS Cole CDR Lippold: Yemen- Unreliable and Untrustworthy

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, USS Cole, arrests, attacks, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:15 pm on Friday, June 12, 2009

Truth to power:

Washington, DC – Kirk S. Lippold, Former USS Cole Commander and Senior Military Fellow at Military Families United, released the following statement concerning the recently reported news that the Obama Administration is nearing a deal to send a considerable portion of the estimated 100 Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay to Saudi “terrorist rehabilitation centers.”

“The impact of turning Yemeni detainees over to either Saudi Arabia or Yemen is an unacceptable compromise to our national security. Saudi Arabia has proven ineffective in rehabilitating terrorists and Yemen has consistently proven to be an untrustworthy and unreliable partner in the war on terror.

Transferring Yemeni detainees to Saudi Arabia will inevitably lead to more terrorists on the battlefield. It will endanger the lives of our military for a second time. Currently, one in seven former GITMO detainees has rejoined the fight. If President Obama transfers these detainees to Saudi Arabia or Yemen, he is putting the national security interests of the United States second to nations that still form the cradle of al Qaeda recruiting efforts and their campaign of terror. In addition, this transfer says to our troops and their families that the campaign promise to close GITMO is more important than their safety and their lives.

The lenient treatment of those who attacked USS Cole is the starkest evidence of the Yemeni government’s complicity in supporting those who carried out the attack. The lead co-conspirator, al Badawi, is currently held in minimal security, if in jail at all. The government’s joke of a trial, where he received the death penalty and then escaped twice before being recaptured, demonstrates their inability to even wage the most basic war tactics against al Qaeda. The USS Cole families and many of America’s military families have already paid too dear a price in the war on terror. With each detainee transfer, it becomes more and more evident that the President’s priorities do not lie with our men and women in uniform and those who bear the burden and the sacrifice of the War on Terror – the families.”

al Qaeda in Yemen, Arrests 2002-2009

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, TI: External, TI: Internal, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Friday, June 12, 2009

I have plans on integrating this 22 page list with my 15 page timeline of attacks. This list contains excerpts from news articles that list the names of al Qaeda captured or convicted, along with the original link, (not hotlinked). Handy yes? Its a safe assumption that the majority of these have been released again.

June 12, 2009
Arrested/ Convicted Yemeni al Qaeda

Feb 18, 2002 Twelve persons are still in custody in the governorate of Ibb, including the brother-in-law of Usama bin Laden, Dr. Mohammed Ghaleb. He is married to the sister of bin Laden’s Yemeni wife. The sources said other two Egyptians are detained in Ibb. They are Ahmed Ezat and Mohammed Omar. Abdu Saleh al-Matari is still in prison because his daughter was married to a Yemeni killed in Afghanistan. XXX

May 20, 2002 The man who threw grenades at the US Embassy in March has been convicted by a Sana’a court to 10 years in jail. Sameer Yahia Awadh, 26, exploded the grenades on March 15. XXX

Sept 29, 2002 The three captured al-Qaeda suspects are Abid al-Thawr, Seyf Mohamed, and Abu Habbabi. Among the killed was Yahya Saleh Al-Mujalli (Abu Seyf). XXX

Feb 2, 2003 Yemeni authorities arrested last week two people from al-Eman university affiliated to Sheikh Abdulmajeed Al-Zindani of the Islah Party. Reliable sources said that the intelligence arrested Wednesday a student at al-Eman university named Abduljabar al-Marwani. He was taken from his house at Sa’wan district North East of Sanaa. Two days earlier, the authorities arrested Dr. Ahmad al-Daghshi, a professor at Sana’a and al-Eman universities. The two persons were detained as their names were mentioned during interrogations with the killers of Jarallah Omar and the US doctors. XXX

Feb 3, 2003 A breakthrough has been made in the military siege to Waset City Hospital in Marib where Mohammed Ali Ali Azaidi received treatment. Azaidi has been suspected of having links to al-Qaeda organization. The son of the Naji Ali Azaidi, a staff general and a brother of Azaidi along with his little brother have been taken as hostages in return for allowing Mohammed Azaidi to receive treatment abroad and then hand himself over to the authorities… Azaidi came back from Afghanistan five years ago. He stayed in Afghanistan for about two years. He’s accused of kidnapping a German commercial attaché’ in 2001. XXX

March 3, 2003 Yemeni sources disclosed Wednesday that Abdulkareem Batheeb, al-Qaeda suspect, is the mastermind of the terrorist attack on the French tanker Limburg last October. Investigations with five suspects indicated that Batheeb received the finances for the attack from Yemeni citizens living in Saudi Arabia. XXX

April 14, 2003 Among those recently captured and who were allegedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks against US interests in February 2002, are Forqan Attajeli, Forqan Asheshani, and Fares al-Barraq. XXX

June 2, 2003 Confrontations took place between an al-Qaeda suspect and the police forces last Wednesday in one of the traditional markets of the Marib City located about 16 km east of Sana’a. The clashes started when a group of police forces tried to arrest a man named Ali Mubarak Firas, one of the Arab Afghans who returned from Afghanistan and who belongs to one of the prominent tribes of Ma’rib…Ali Mubarak fled the scene leaving his car in the hands of the forces. XXX

June 25 2003 Military units have been reinforced with tanks, helicopters, and led by military experts in mountainous Huttab area, 120 km north east of Aden governorate to track down and arrest or kill members of Islamic Jihad group, formerly known as the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army. An informed source accompanies the army at Huttab told Yemen Times that around 80 AAIA affiliates have been led by a former security officer, called Mohammed Abduh Annabi and his brother Khaled. XXX

September 9, 2003 Yemeni security forces arrested the Saudi citizen Bandar Abdulhakeem al-Ghamidi, a government official source said Tuesday night. Al-Ghamidi is one of the prime 19 suspects of the al-Riyadh terrorist bombings. The official source said that preparations are underway to hand him over to the Saudi authorities as Yemen and Saudi Arabia already signed a security pact on extradition of criminals and terrorists. Ghamaidi extradited to Saudi XXX

Oct.26 2003 Yemeni authorities released last Friday a Kuwaiti cleric who was suspected for having links to al-Qaeda. Jaber al-Jalahimah… was set free and his passport was returned to him and that he could stay or leave Yemen…He was reported to be an extremist cleric and was already detained by police in Kuwait several times in the past. XXX

Oct 30 2003 Lebanon charged a Yemeni national on Thursday with carrying out “terrorist acts” and masterminding a string of bomb attacks against American fast food outlets, judicial sources said. Moammar Awwama, suspected of ties to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, would be tried by a military court on charges that also include membership of “terrorist cells”, attempted murder and attempts to blow up U.S.-style restaurants. Awwama, also known as Ibn al-Shahid, was arrested earlier this month by Palestinian Fatah gunmen in the southern Ain al-Hilweh camp. XXX

March 08, 2004 Yemeni security forces arrested two senior Al-Qaeda members last Wednesday during a hunt for Islamic militants in a mountainous area of the Abyan province, security officials said. Abdul Rauf Nassib, a top Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader, and Egyptian Sayyed Imam Sharif, an influential member of the militant organization, were both captured in the same operation. XXX

March 18 2004 Yemen has arrested a suspected militant wanted over the 2000 bomb attack that killed 17 sailors aboard the USS Cole in the port of Aden, an official Web site said on Tuesday. Security forces arrested Ali Mohamed Omar Shorbajy in the mountainous Abyan region in south Yemen on Monday night. XXX (Read on …)

16 Trial

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, arrests, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 11:26 am on Tuesday, June 9, 2009


SANAA (AFP) — Yemen prosecutors on Tuesday demanded the death sentence for 16 suspected Al-Qaeda members on trial over a spate of deadly attacks in the impoverished Arabian peninsula country.

“The public prosecution demands the maximum penalty for the defendants for their acts that harm peace and security and the economic and political damage they caused to Yemen,” the public prosecutor’s representative told a penal court specialising in “terrorism” cases in Sanaa. (Read on …)

High Level Yemeni al Qaeda Captured in Pakistan in February

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Other Countries, TI: External, USA, arrests — by Jane Novak at 5:26 pm on Saturday, May 23, 2009

a facilitator for communications and travel , one of the top 20 AQ, nabbed with US intel

Update; Long War Journal’s report disputes the “one of the top 20″ designation and has other details.

New York Times: Pakistan’s intelligence and security services captured a Saudi suspect and a Yemeni suspect this year with the help of American intelligence and logistical support, Pakistani officials said. The two are the highest-ranking Qaeda operatives captured since President Obama took office, but they are still being held by Pakistan, which has shared information from their interrogations with the United States, the official said….

A Pakistani official said the Yemeni suspect, Abu Sufyan al-Yemeni, was a Qaeda paramilitary commander who was on C.I.A. and Pakistani lists of the top 20 Qaeda operatives. He was believed to be a conduit for communications between Qaeda leaders in Pakistan and cells in East Africa, Iran, Yemen and elsewhere. American and Pakistani intelligence officials say they believe that Mr. Yemeni, who was arrested Feb. 24 by Pakistani authorities in Quetta, helped arrange travel and training for Qaeda operatives from various parts of the Muslim world to the Pakistani tribal areas.

He is now in the custody of Pakistan’s main spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, but his fate is unclear. The Pakistani official said that he would remain in Pakistani hands, but that it would be difficult to try him because the evidence against him came from informers.

Terror Arrest in Attack on South Korean Tourists

Filed under: Abyan, Hodeidah, SK, TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 8:26 pm on Monday, May 4, 2009


Security authorities in Hodeidah province announced the arrest of an al-Qaeda affiliate in the west of Yemen last Sunday. The information center of the Ministry of the Interior said that the arrested terrorist was detained for his involvement in the suicide attack that targeted a South Korean group on the road to Sana’a airport on the 18th of March. The suicide attack resulted in the death of the suicide bomber but no other casualties.

The arrested terrorist was identified as A.M. al-A’ameri. Security authorities said al-A’ameri had links to the suicide bomber, Khalid al-Dhayani, and also had links to al-Qaeda high profile member Qasim al-Raimi, who is classified as one of the most dangerous terrorists affiliated to al-Qaeda.

The authorities added that al-A’ameri had been tracked down in a number of Yemeni provinces until security authorities were finally able to capture him in Hodiedah and hand him over to the concerned bodies in the capital Sana’a to refer him to justice.

Security authorities said on Sunday that a terrorist affiliated to al-Qaeda was killed in a blast caused by an explosive device he was preparing to use for a terrorist operation in al-Wadhea’ district of Abyan province in the south of Yemen.

According to the 26 September website, security authorities in Abyan province said that the terrorist’s name was Anwar Mohammed al-Tughaishi, which was included on the wanted list of known terrorists, and that he was tracked down by the security bodies charged with the capture of those affiliated with the al-Qaeda organization, and those suspected of planning and carrying out terrorist operations.

By the end of April, security authorities said that they captured two suspected al-Qaeda members in Aden. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the two captured were A.Y.D. and M.H.S and that they were captured in the Dar Sa’ad district of Aden, adding that the investigative authorities have begun investigations of the two suspects in preparation to present them to justice.

A few days following the attacks that targeted South Korean tourists in Hadramout province and the South Korean group in Sana’a, security bodies had announced the capture of 16 al-Qaeda suspects, ten of whom were captured in Shabwa province in the southeast of Yemen. The ten are believed to be members of the Qasim al-Raimi cell. The other six were members of another suicide terrorist cell that planned 12 terrorist attacks targeting oil facilities, tourist attractions, and other foreign and local interests.

Al-Qaeda had previously threatened to target security personnel in Yemen and promised to multiply suicide operations in the country. However, the Yemeni Ministry of Interior has responded to the al-Qaeda threats by saying that they were only an attempt to attain media coverage. Interior Ministry leadership described the Al-Qaeda threat to target security officials as also solely to gain attention, adding that the Interior Ministry is not paying much attention to threats such as these.

The information center of the Interior Ministry also published a statement in which it affirmed that the threat released by Al-Qaeda was only a desperate attempt to dissuade security services from pursuing Al-Qaeda elements.

Yemeni security and military forces launched an offensive which lasted several days and resulted in the capture of over 59 Jihadists in Abyan province in the south of Yemen last April. The security bodies said that they concluded investigations with 17 of the arrested Jihadists and would refer them to justice on charges of terrorism, sabotage, hijacking, looting, and attacks on security and governmental facilities. They also revealed that the investigations proved that they were affiliated with terrorist organizations.

State Department Report on Terrorism: Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: External, TI: Internal, USA, arrests, attacks, embassy — by Jane Novak at 6:54 am on Friday, May 1, 2009

State Department


The security situation in Yemen continued to deteriorate during 2008 and was marked by a series of attacks against both Western and Yemeni interests, culminating in the September 17 suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa that killed 18. This strategy of constant offense continued despite highly publicized raids on suspected terrorist cells by Yemeni security forces. Recruitment for al-Qa’ida in Yemen (AQY) remained strong, and the use of vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and suicide vests indicated a high level of training, coordination, and sophistication by Yemen’s terrorist leadership. Conversely, the government’s response to the terrorist threat was intermittent and its ability to pursue and prosecute suspected terrorists remained weak due to a number of shortcomings, including stalled draft counterterrorism legislation. The government’s focus on the al-Houthi rebellion in the Sada’a governorate in the North of the country and internal security concerns distracted its forces from focusing on counterterrorism activities.

The largest success for Yemen’s security forces in 2008 was an August raid on an AQY cell in Tarim, in the governorate of Hadramaut. Hamza al-Qaiti was killed along with four other suspected militants. Large numbers of weapons, devices to build car bombs, and explosives, including mortars that were similar to those used in the March attack on the U.S. Embassy, were uncovered.

In spite of this, the raid did little to deter or disrupt other AQY cells. One month after the August raid, at least seven assailants dressed in Yemeni security-service uniforms attacked the U.S. Embassy using two VBIEDs and suicide vests. While unable to gain access to the Embassy itself, the attack was sophisticated and well-coordinated. Final tallies brought the death toll to 18, including one American.

A formerly unknown group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The group stated the attack was motivated by the August 11 raid in Tarim, among other reasons. Initially the Yemeni government allowed an FBI investigative team full access to evidence from the attack, but cooperation has since waned. Both Yemeni and U.S. officials believe that Islamic Jihad is AQ affiliated. AQY later claimed responsibility for the attack in an online extremist magazine.

In addition to the September 17 assault, there were over half a dozen terrorist attacks in 2008:

In January, AQY claimed responsibility for the shooting deaths of two Belgian tourists and two Yemeni drivers in the southern governorate of Hadramaut.
On March 18, four mortars fell short of the U.S. Embassy, injuring dozens at an adjacent girls’ school.
On April 6, three mortars hit residential complex housing western workers, including several U.S. Embassy employees in Sanaa, prompting the ordered departure of non-essential U.S. Embassy staff and family members.
On April 30, two mortars hit the Customs Administration parking lot, causing a large explosion just adjacent to the Italian Embassy, believed by many to have been the intended target.
In May, an AQY-affiliated group claimed that it fired a mortar onto the grounds of the presidential palace in Sanaa, but no official statement was released acknowledging the incident.
In July, AQY claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack of a central security forces compound in Hadramaut that killed eight people.
Prosecuting terrorists remained a large hurdle for Yemeni courts, largely because current law, as applied to counterterrorism and the financing of terrorism, remained weak. A working group drafted new counterterrorism legislation that was sent to a committee for review, where it remained at year’s end.

The absence of effective counterterrorism legislation that criminalized the activities of those engaged in planning, facilitating, or carrying out acts of terrorism, both in Yemen and abroad, contributed to Yemen’s appeal as safe haven and potential base of offensive operations for terrorists. For this reason, the government was forced to apply other available laws, including fraudulent document charges, to thwart foreign fighters going to Iraq.

The Government of Yemen continued to run its surrender program for wanted terrorists that it believes it cannot apprehend. The program provides lenient requirements for completion of convictions to those who surrender. In 2008, however, 17 prior program participants were returned to custody for recidivism. In March, convicted terrorist and February 2006 prison escapee Jaber al-Banna walked into a Yemeni security court and posted bond. His sentence was later reduced from 10 to five years, supposedly for handing himself in to the authorities. The decision will need to be ratified by the Yemeni Supreme Court before it is implemented, and it remained unclear whether the time al-Banna had already served, including time he spent outside prison once he escaped, will count against the five-year sentence. Jaber al-Banna is wanted by the United States for providing material support to a terrorist organization and conspiring to provide support to AQ. Al-Banna is on the FBI’s most wanted list, but the Yemeni constitution precludes extradition of Yemeni citizens, even though he also has American citizenship.

AQAP, Snagged in Shabwa, says MOI Addicted to Lies

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, arrests, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 7:44 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hard to know who’s more likely to be the liar. They were there and there was the raid. That’s about all we know at the moment. Now AQAP is threatening to unleash their minions of teen-age suicide bombers. And AQAP says the regime lies in order to gain international support. News Yemen

The so-called al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula has denied reports by the Interior Ministry that security services have recently arrested ten of its members in Shabwa province, southern Yemen.

In a statement posted on the blog, the al-Qaeda said the Interior Ministry creates allegations and fabricates untrue stories to allege “fictitious” successes. It was just air strike on tribes in Shabwa where six tribesmen were arrested, said the statement.

Security services have never arrested anyone of our Jihadists under the leadership of Qasem al-Reimi and no one has surrendered, said the statement. It has labeled officials in Yemen and Saudi as “apostates” who it said lie about successes against al-Qaeda just to get more assistance from “infidels”.

The proclamation said the group has recruited tens of new Jihadists, who are prepared for Jihad and martyrdom, as it said.

In its response to al-Qaeda’s proclamation, a security source said in a statement to official media that al-Qaeda’s threats are just media splash.

“Al-Qaeda could attack innocent tourists and civilians, but it is too coward to challenge security forces or attack security officials,” said the source.

Trial Updates, Yemen Observer (Read on …)

Governor of Abyan’s Fence Bombed

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, arrests, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:54 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Similiar to the prior lightweight bombings, more of a message than an attack. Below more on the Ja’ar group and the failure of the truce agreements.

Yemen Post: A bomb blew up on Monday at the fence separating the houses of governor and deputy governor of Abyan province which are located in the province capital of Zunjbar. No injuries were reported with slight damages caused to the two homes. (Read on …)

Three Accused Al Qaeda Confess in Court to Getting Funds from Saudi Figures

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, TI: Internal, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 1:37 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

But not enough apparently because they were also planning to rob banks.

The mortar attacks in the capital are what led to the verbal sparring between al Qaiti and al Qamish.

Yemen Post

Three terrorists of a 16-member suspected Al-Qaeda cell, currently on trial on charges related to committing and plotting terrorist attacks in the country, confessed during Monday’s court session to planning to attack banks, steal money and target tourists in Yemen. (Read on …)

Awfi Still Evoking Analysis

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Iran, Libya, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, Yemen, arrests, personalities, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 1:28 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I believe Libya more than Iran on funding the Houthis and Iran more than Libya on funding and facilitiating AQAP but thats just me. The idiots haven’t figured out that they are pawns in a much bigger game and never considered that they are being two timed by their own side. Its an amazingly complicated tangle of alliances going on over their heads.

Al Hayat: Al-Awfi is still “lost” despite his recantation and the fact that he handed himself in. As proof, he did not apologize for his “terrorist” acts and intentions. This is important because a confession is different, to the mentality of these men, from an apology. His admiration of the actions and intentions of his former colleagues and his Sheikh, Osama Bin-Laden, also casts doubts about the sincerity of his recantation of their course and ideology. (Read on …)

Abdullah Al Raimi Arrested?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, arrests, personalities, security timeline, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:29 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yes of course he has links to al Qaeda but why the turn around? Everybody knew where he was, preaching in a mosque on Fridays… Is it another propaganda or did he hook up with Wahishi? Or is this the mistaken identity guy from a while ago, the “not the correct Abdullah al Reimi” who the PSO failed to release. Where’s those handy-dandy mobile biometric ID kits?

Al-Raimi links to al-Qaeda, says interior minister
[13 April 2009]

SANA’A, April 13 (Saba)-The Minister of Interior Mutahar Rashad al-Masri told the parliament on Monday that Abdullah Saad al-Raimi- have been arrested by the security forces- has ties with al-Qaeda network and two Old Sana’a and Sinin terror cells.

The minister added that al-Raimi was arrested with Fahid al-Wahish while they prepared a group of youths to commit terror operations, saying that al-Raimi would be sent to prosecution soon as he is considered as a dangerous terrorist.

In his reply on a question by a member parliament over current tight security measures around the US embassy in Sana’a, the minister said that measures are temporarily.

It is worth mentioning that the US embassy subjected last year for terror attack.

The Ja’ar Assault Strengthens al Fahdli’s Jihaddists

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Security Forces, South Yemen, arrests   — by Jane Novak at 3:06 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2009

Munier al Mawari makes several excellent points on the situation in Ja’ar in this article at Newomma. The tribal relations between the al Fahdli jihaddists and the Yafai jihaddists is an important consideration. Al Muwari lists several advantages of the operations for the regime including strengthening the grip of al Fahdli, heightening southern conflicts, the appearance of fighting militants to the western audience, moving more military equipment into the South, and consolidating control of land among Saleh’s family. He also notes the Fahdli contingent of the jihaddists has a much closer relationship with bin Laden and AQ central than these younger jihaddists. Al Muwari notes the security forces operation is led by the Defense Minister, who is from Abyan and has good ties with al Fahli. The ten arrested are all of the Yafia tribe.

تناقلت المواقع الإخبارية اليمنية يوم الثامن والعشرين من مارس 2009 خبرا عاجلا مصدره محافظة أبين في جنوب اليمن نصه كما يلي: “كلف الرئيس علي عبدالله صالح وزير دفاعه اللواء الركن محمد ناصر أحمد قيادة حملة عسكرية قوامها عشرات الأطقم العسكرية، ليشرف شخصياً على الحملة الأمنية التي بدأتها وزارة الداخلية لتعقب عدد من الجهاديين في مدينة جعار ثاني كبرى مدن محافظة أبين، وإنهاء حالة الفلتان الأمني التي تشهدها المدينة منذ عدة شهور”. هذا هو
ملخص الخبر، فما هي خلفياته الحقيقية، التي قد تتبادر إلى ذهن أي محلل سياسي خارج اليمن، أو حتى أذهان الدبلوماسيين الأجانب المطلعين على أسرار اليمن من داخلها، ولهذا يلزم توضيح الحقائق والخفايا التالية: أولا: الحملة العسكرية التي يقودها وزير الدفاع لا تستهدف الجهاديين من اتباع طارق الفضلي المنتمي مناطقيا وقبليا إلى أبين، بل تستهدف تقوية الفضلي ضد عناصر أخرى منافسة محسوبة على الجهاد، معظمهم ينتمون إلى آل عاطف من أبناء يافع، ولا يربطهم بالفضلي سوى الصراع على الأراضي حيث أن الأراضي الواقعة شمالي مدينة جعار هي تابعة ليافع تاريخيا، (Read on …)

Recruited for Somalia, Trained in Marib

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, SK, Yemen, arrests   — by Jane Novak at 7:32 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Qaeda bomber behind Yemen attack trained in Somalia, They say his name was Abdel Rahman Mehdi al-Aajbari, al Eshteraki< ?a>

security sources responsible بأن الاجهزة الامنية That the security apparatus تمكنت خلال الايام القليلة الماضية من القاء القبض على عشرة اشخاص من العناصر المنتمية الى تنظيم القاعدة، جميعهم في Able in the past few days of the arrest of ten people from the elements belonging to al Qaeda, all in خلية تعرف بخلية (قاسم الريمي). Cell known as a cell (Kassem Reemy). (Read on …)

Six al Qaeda Arrested in Yemen, Kuwaiti National Released

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, SK, Yemen, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 2:32 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Messy messy post but I’m swamped.

al Nedaa: Ssecurity authorities released the young Kuwaiti Alderbas Saif Abdul Latif, 19, detained since late last January in the Political Security Prison as part of a crackdown to hunt down the suspects of belonging to al Qaeda, having proved to be linked to any of the charges against him, and referred the charges attributed to him by the suspected terrorist issues to the establishment of illegal.
Was confirmed by the “call” a diplomatic source in the Kuwaiti embassy in Sanaa Alderbas release, stressing that Kuwaiti citizens only to control the non-renewal of his stay in Yemen, and that his release came after the correction of the legal status, origin and preferred not to engage in any additional details because the case is closed.

Yemen Online: Yemen Arrests six suspects belong to an Islamic Center in Sana’a
YemenOnline.March 25- The national security forces in Sanaa arrested four people after surrounding an Islamic institute (Al-Dawaa Center) for two hours on Wednesday. YemenOnline Learned that that the suspects arrested on suspension of of organising two attacks on South Koreans and of plotting another 10 against Western targets, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. “Six members of an Al-Qaeda cell wanted by the security forces have been arrested,” the ministry’s website quoted a senior security official as saying.The cell was suspected of organising two suicide bombings against South Koreans which killed a total of five people, one against a group of tourists visiting the historic eastern city of Shibam and the other against a group of officials who had been dispatched to join the investigation.The cell was also suspected of plotting 10 other attacks against Western targets, including oil installations and foreign tourists, the official said.”The security forces are in the process of hunting down the other members of the cell. Their arrest is only a matter of time,” he said.

(Read on …)

Al Qaeda Besiged in Hatib, Shabwa

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 12:30 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009

We have a winner.

Now lets lay odds on whether al Wahishi and al Reimi were tipped off before the raid and/or managed to escape. One would presume that their regime-affiliated travel facilitator remains as capable as ever. The head of security expects them to escape to Abyan (Jaar?).

Other Shabwa trivia: Shabwa is also where al Shairi, the ex-Gitmo Saudi AQAP lieutenant, surrendered to the Sheik on behalf of the Saudis. And, according to the last published report available (Yemen Post), Fahd al Quso is living in Shabwa.

Its important though not to overlook the concurrent build up of foreign and domestic jihaddists in Sa’ada.

News Yemen: Security forces in Shabwa are besieging al-Qaeda suspects in a mountainous area of Hatib district of Shabwa province, security source said Thursday.

The suspects are hiding in the mountainous area of Hatib which borders Abyan province, the security director of Hatib told NY. The source said expects did not clash with the security forces until now, expecting that they might flee to Abyan.

Ministry of Interior reported on Thursday that the security forces arrested two suspects included in a security blacklist.

Mohsen Al Fahdli

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Kuwait, TI: External, USA, Yemen, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 11:58 am on Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mohsen al-Fadhli: The “Peninsula Lions” leader is a high value al-Qaeda operative that has been wanted for awhile…despite having been arrested numerous times in the past. He is said to have admitted having ties to the USS Cole, Limburg and Aden hotel bombings in Yemen.
(Read on …)

Oh, Seven Saudi al Qaeda Weren’t Captured in Yemen?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, USA, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 4:22 pm on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spin and lie fast enough and everyone will be too confused to walk, like that the story of the rats twirled in a bag. Or maybe they are turning them.

Al Watan reports the Saudi Arabia doesn’t have any information on the arrest of seven Saudi al Qaeda highly publicized by the Yemeni regime last week.

And the other pressure point to be considered in the overall picture is Saleh’s ability to manipulate Saudi Arabia (like the US) through playing the terror card, and its been suggested, to dampen any enthusiasm SA may have for the Southern seperatist movement. The southern mobility is among the foremost threats to Saleh’s throne.

Update: below forum reactions to al Wahishi surrender.

Update: English article at Yemen’s Official News Agency, sounds like somebody got a spanking:

KSA denies nationals arrested in Yemen

RIYADH, 20 (Saba) – A spokesman for the Saudi Interior ministry has denied reports that seven Saudi terrorism suspects were arrested in Yemen who received trainings in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Major General Mansour al-Turkey said Yemeni officials had told him the reports were untrue. (Read on …)

Five Syrians Also Masterminds of All the Terror Attacks in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, arrests, attacks, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 3:28 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2009

The trial of the 16, and another set of masterminds, I can’t even keep up with all the persons who have been accused of the attacks

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat – Yemeni juridical sources have revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that five Syrian and eleven Yemeni suspects are set to be tried for carrying out terrorist attacks in a number of governorates in Sana’a, Hadramaut and Aden.

The sources disclosed that the Court of First Instance, specializing in terrorism and state security cases in Yemen, will soon began trying the sixteen individuals who are accused of being affiliated with the al-Qaeda organization and carrying out terrorist operations targeting foreign and local Yemeni interests. Yemen’s Ministry of Defense website said that the accused Syrian suspects entered Yemen some eight years ago with Syrian Travel Documents and passports.

The juridical sources also disclosed that the Prosecution Office is about to complete questioning of the Qaeda elements which began early last week.

The Yemeni authorities blame the accused individuals of masterminding several terrorist acts in a number of governorates including; attacking the 7th July School for Girls located near the US embassy, which led to the deaths of several school girls, and killing two female tourist from Belgium in the Da’wan governorate, Hadhramaut, on 18 January 2006 and also attacking the Central Security Camp in Say’oun on 25 July 2007 with a car bomb, killing both the perpetrator and a security guard and injuring seventeen people.

The defendants are also accused of attacking al-Buraiqa oil refinery in Aden and Sana’a Customs head office on 30 April 2008.

Two of the Tareem cell elements, who were arrested by Yemeni security forces on 11 August 2008, will also be tried. During that operation, the Cell leader Hamza al-Quaiti and four of his companions were killed.

10,000 Jihaddists in Yemen?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 3:09 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2009

Always hard to rely of govt figs, but lets hope they are not telling the truth this time either. Some times they just lose track of what they said before. But if 6000 arrested were last year and they are still searching for 4000, there’s 10,000 known jihaddists in Yemen. I thought al Qirby’s estimate of 2000 was reasonable and scary enough. However, just rounding up and jailing suspected jihaddists without evidence of wrong doing is bound to have a reaction. There should be some better strategy that does not involve giving them jobs in the military or security, teaching, tour guides….

Yemen Post: Eleven detainees at the Al-Mansoura prison in the province of Aden and of whose who were arrested on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaeda have been released. Officials at the prison said they received official directives to free all those who were arrested on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaeda but no indictments were filed against them.

The decision to release the eleven suspects comes within official orders for the release of 140 inmates accused of having links to Al-Qaeda across the republic.

It coincides with a recently announced intensive anti-terrorism campaign throughout Yemen after new leaders for Al-Qaeda branches in the Arab peninsula were appointed.

Meanwhile, President Ali Abdullah Saleh is visiting the provinces of Mareb and Al-Jawf, urging the people in the two provinces to cooperate with the authorities to hunt Al-Qaeda operatives.

However, the detainees were released on personal promises and bails from their relatives and social dignitaries that they will never commit terrorist acts to destabilize the country and that they will appear in court if they are called by the authorities.

In 2008, the authorities arrested about 6000 wanted suspects.

And in the first month of this year, the security forces announced they had arrested further 30 wanted suspects.

Last month security sources said the security forces foiled an attempted escape by Al-Qaeda detainees at the prison.

The prison guards discovered some detainees dug a tunnel to the semi-collapsed wall of the prison.

In February 2006, 23 Al-Qaeda detainees managed to escape from the Central Prison in Sana’a.

On the other hand, one person was killed and another injured as a warplane struck the area of the Al Saif in Al-Jawf province where wanted bandits and thieves were located, local sources in said.

Head of the bandit gang Ali Hassan Raqeeb from the Jadan tribe in the Mareb province charged with the murder of two persons from the Hashid tribe at a crossroad between the provinces of Mareb and Al-Jawf was killed and another bandit was injured with his hand taken off in the strike.

Updated: The Zawahiri Deal Comes to Fruition?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, arrests, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 5:50 pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

al Sahwa

Sahwa Net – Yemeni security forces released on Tuesday 11 al-Qaeda suspects who were held at al-Mansour prison in Aden , well-informed sources told Sahwa Net.

According to the sources, the release came following issuing official orders to the prison management , pointing out that these orders would include 140 prisoners charged with affiliation to al-Qaeda.

The sources also revealed that the freed persons pledged to abandon terror acts which could damage Yemen , its security and stability.

Yemeni security sources had declared last month that it managed to thwart escaping attempt from al-Mansoura prison, indicating that an underground tunnel was discovered inside the prison.

Update via Empty Quarter: Mukallapress reports that 20 were released to fight southerners after a meeting with Saleh that included Abdulkhalid al Nabi and others.

What that may mean is that Saleh is unable to get al Wahishi to fight the southerners for him and is reactivating the older generation. A schism between Saleh and al Wahishi is a good thing. Nabi was previously reported as fighting in Sa’ada, and the Zawahiri deal as reported focused on more fighters for Sa’ada in exchange for prisoner releases.

(Read on …)

Foreign Funding for Attacks on US UK Interests in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, USA, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:22 pm on Saturday, January 31, 2009

Trying to block the Saudi border. At least the Yemeni seciurity knows where all the smuggling routes are.

Terrorist plot for strikes at foreign interests in Yemen – Security source has Saturday told that Yemeni authorities have begun deployment of hundreds of soldiers in their border areas in precaution for infiltration of al-Qaeda members from neighbouring countries into Yemeni territories for implementation of a terrorist plot against foreign interests and vital installations in Yemen.

The source that asked not to be identified said these measures came in the wake of the Yemeni security authorities have obtained information on some elements of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia attempting to infiltrate into the Yemeni territories in order to join colleagues present in Yemen and to launch joint terrorist attacks on vital installations and foreign interests in the country.

The source also disclosed of confessions made by persons suspected of affiliation to al-Qaeda organisation, among them Saudis with whom investigations are still going on, their confessions mentioned they receive logistic support from foreign parties for perpetrating their terrorist acts, particularly targeting the American and British embassies in addition to some tourist facilities and establishments in Yemen. The source declined to mention about the identity of those sides for reasons he said related to being connected to security measures.

Assistant OF THE Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud last week visited Yemen carrying a message from the Saudi Monarch King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to President Ali Abdullah Saleh pertaining to bilateral relations and areas of coordination and cooperation especially in security fields and combating terror.

The Saudi official visit to Yemen came days after a blitz operation carried out by Yemeni security that involved armed confrontation with elements from al-Qaeda organisation cell and resulted in the killing of two members of the cell

Investigation of 16 al Qaeda Begins in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, arrests, embassy — by Jane Novak at 11:33 am on Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mortar attacks in Sana’a, Sayoun suicde bombing last summer and the ambush on the Belguin tourists. How long have these guys been in custody?, Saba – Yemen’s security authorities have begun investigating with 16 al-Qaeda suspects, 11 Yemenis and 5 Arab nationals, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The judicial source was quoted by the state-run as saying that the suspected terrorists have been being investigated into charges relating to carrying out a number of terrorist operations which targeted oil and foreign facilities and foreign tourists in the provinces of Hadramout, Aden and Sana’a.

The source pointed out that the suspected terrorists were involved in the attacks against a school adjacent the US embassy in Sana’a, a residential complex in Haddah area, the terrorist attack which targeted Belgian tourists in Hadramout, the suicide attack which targeted a camp of the Central Security Forces in Hadramout and attacks on security checkpoints in Hadramout.

Yemen’s Terror Court Postpones Trial of Four

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:44 am on Saturday, January 3, 2009

A 15 year old included.

One says he signed a blank paper and the security faked the confession, not implausable.

(AFP) - Four alleged members of an Al-Qaeda cell, the youngest just 15, appeared before a special security court in Yemen on Saturday charged with plotting “terror” acts and possessing explosives.

The group is accused of conspiring to attack tourists and government facilities to avenge the killing by security forces of another militant, Hamza al-Kaithi.

Mohammed al-Saadi, 24, Issam Gheilan, 24, Munir al-Bouni, 23, and Osama al-Saadi, 15, listened as the prosecution outlined evidence against them including Bouni’s statement to police, after which Bouni denied all charges.

“I signed blank bits of paper — I have no idea where these confessions came from,” he said. (Read on …)

Khaledabdul Nabi Intervierw

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests, personalities, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 1:33 pm on Friday, December 26, 2008

Nabi and others to be used against southern opposition


Khaled Abdulnabi was the leader of the Salafist Jihad group in Yemen, one of the most prominent figures associated with Islamic groups and frameworks that have emerged in Yemen and the Arab states over the past three decades.

The man known as that of the jihadi leaders, which has fought through her advocacy of many of the stations in order to win respect of the ideas and values .. Where participation is seen as the elements of the Salafist Jihad group in Yemen in the battles to defend against the summer of Yemeni unity in 1994, and one of these stations, which uncovered the essence of the values and principles, which believes in it. (Read on …)

Four Making Suicide Belts in Yemen Prosecuted and Four More

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, embassy, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 12:04 am on Monday, November 24, 2008

4 persons charged of al-Qaeda affiliation prosecuted
Monday, 24-November-2008 – Specialized First Instance Court in Yemen decided entrusting the prosecution with addressing lawyers union to retain a lawyer for defending four persons accused of forming an armed gang for carrying out criminal acts and affiliation to al-Qaeda organisation and postponed their trial to the 24th of next December.

At the beginning of the sitting for trial of defendants Tawfiq Saad Ali al-Faqieh , 22, worker in Sana’a , Ali Ahmed al-Zaroud , 23, driver ,Sana’a Nabil Ahmed Ali al-Sarihi35, driver. Amran and Ismael Ali Hizam Ghurab, 23, bookshop owner, Ibb, the prosecution presented the indictment.

The indictment included the said defendants taking part in formation of n armed gang for committing criminal acts targeting foreign tourists, foreign, government and security institutions and hotels where there are foreigners. They have prepared explosives and detonation devices and explosive belts and for that purpose they had distributed tasks among them.

Indictment pointed out their training on use of various weapons and spotting tourist hotels in Sana’a, the old city in addition to plotting the Red Cross on the Yemeni-Saudi borders. The indictment disclosed the defendants planning to target tourists at Dar Hajar with explosive belts.

The court also held a sitting for the prosecution of Zain Ali Amer al-Amiri accused of the attempt to explode an oil pipeline in Sarwah, Mareb. But the defendant denied the charge of the attempt to explode the oil pipeline and confessed of highway robbery and opening fire on military posts. At the enc of the sitting the court decided to postpone the trial to 24 December 2008.

Alleged Qaeda members go on trial in Yemen

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SANAA (AFP) — Eight alleged members of Al-Qaeda cells have been brought before a special terrorism court in Sanaa accused of plotting to attack tourists and government facilities, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

Four suspected members of one cell made their first appearance before the court on Monday while the trial of the second group, also comprising four members, began on Tuesday, the source said.

Members of the first cell are accused of “forming an armed group with the intention of attacking tourists and hotels as well as government installations,” the charge sheet stated.

They are also alleged to have planned an attack against the Red Cross near the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

The four, all Yemenis aged between 22 and 35, are alleged to have prepared bombs and explosive belts. They allegedly had identified targets within Sanaa’s old city but were arrested before carrying out any attacks.

Their next hearing was fixed for December 24.

The second group, comprising four Yemenis aged between 15 and 24, are accused of plotting terrorist acts and of possessing explosives.

According to prosecutors, they wanted to launch attacks against tourists and government facilities to avenge the death at the hands of the security forces of a fellow militant, Hamza al-Kaithi.

Their trial was postponed to December 13.

A security official told AFP that the eight accused are among dozens of Yemenis suspected of being linked to Al-Qaeda. The authorities are still investigating charges of terrorism against some 60 other people.

Yemen has witnessed a series of attacks claimed by Al-Qaeda in recent months against oil facilities and the security forces.

Elbaneh Sentence Reduced from 10 years to 5

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 9:23 pm on Saturday, November 8, 2008

Unsurprising, one day equals two is the standard deal.


SANA’A, Yemen – A Yemeni state security court of appeals on Saturday halved the 10-year jail term of a US citizen of Yemeni origin wanted by the US Federal Bureau for Investigation (FBI) on terrorism charges.

Jaber al-Banna, also known as Jaber Elbaneh, is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list with a reward of 5 million dollars for information leading to his arrest.

He was convicted in absentia by a first instance state security court in Sana’a in November 2007 for plotting terror attacks, including two car bombs on oil facilities in eastern Yemen in 2006.

The appeal court’s presiding judge Muhammad al-Hakimi said the court reduced al-Banna’s term because “he resorted to the law by handing himself to authorities.” (Read on …)

Yemeni AQ in Lebanon, Syria

Filed under: Syria, TI: External, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:13 pm on Friday, November 7, 2008


In addition to the growth of Salifism and Islamist militancy engendered by the passions aroused by the Iraq war, Saudi Arabia has been fishing in troubled waters by encouraging the growth of each in northern Lebanon. Riyadh has paid for the construction of new mosques in Tripoli and reportedly has assisted militants residing in the northern territory abutting Syria (The Economist, October 2; New York Times, October 16). According to the media, Lebanese and Syrian sources are reporting that Saudi National Security Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan is supervising the Saudis’ pro-Salafist agenda in Lebanon, a program which includes sponsoring Islamist terrorist operations in Syria (Al-Akhbar [Beirut], September 30). Riyadh’s activities in northern Lebanon hold the promise of fulfilling two longstanding Saudi goals: (1) creating a viable, well-armed, and militant Sunni Salafi movement in Lebanon as a military counterweight to the Shia Hezbollah, and (2) to enable Riyadh to cause domestic instability for their Syrian enemy (Middle East Times, June 30). (Read on …)

Embassy Attackers Fought in Iraq

Filed under: Iraq, TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests, embassy — by Jane Novak at 2:49 pm on Sunday, November 2, 2008


Yemen identifies attackers in US embassy attack

SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — The suicide squad that assaulted the U.S. embassy in Yemen in September had links to al-Qaida and some even had fought in Iraq, a Yemeni security official said Saturday.

The official added that the United Nations has raised its security level in Yemen in response to terrorist threats.

The six Yemeni men who carried out the Sept. 17 attack against the gates of the U.S. embassy were trained at al-Qaida camps in the southern Yemeni provinces of Hadramut and Marib and three of them had recently returned from Iraq, the official added.

Second Yemeni on Trial at Gitmo

Filed under: USS Cole, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 2:51 pm on Saturday, November 1, 2008

Witness: Gitmo detainee wants Americans targeted

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – Osama bin Laden’s former media aide produced a video portraying the United States as evil to motivate suicide attacks by al-Qaeda recruits, an ex-FBI agent testified at a war-crimes trial Wednesday.
Prosecutors ran a video allegedly put together by Ali Hamza al-Bahlul showing bin Laden and other terror group leaders calmly describing why they believe Muslims must wage jihad and defeat “American infidels.” It also had footage of al-Qaeda training camps, Israeli soldiers beating suspects, U.S. presidents visiting troops in the Middle East and wounded Muslim children.

“Muslims don’t like to die,” former FBI agent and al-Qaeda expert Ali Soufan testified. “This is to instigate recruitments for suicide bombings.”

The video also shows news images of the USS Cole, then cartoonish images of an explosion in an amateurish attempt to depict al-Qaeda’s bombing of the Navy warship in 2000.

The slender, bearded 39-year-old Yemeni defendant, who is refusing to speak during his trial, pounded the defense table when the video showed Muslim women being manhandled by security agents. He leaned forward with interest when images of bin Laden appeared.

Soufan testified that al-Bahlul, whom he interrogated in 2002, considers all Americans – even Muslims – to be enemies.

“He believes this war is only the beginning. It is Armageddon,” Soufan said. “He said America only understands blood.” (Read on …)

Marek Samulski

Filed under: arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:28 am on Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Australian: LONG before he was arrested in Yemen this week, Marek Samulski was suspected by intelligence services of keeping bad company. (Read on …)

60 Terrorists expected to be investigated in three weeks

Filed under: Counter-terror, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Let count how many times they announce it. Supposedly three cells are responsible for the Sayoun and Embassy suicide car bombings and a pipeline in Marib. Does this include the 40 who supposedly sought help from the Mossad and the twenty arrested after the Sayoun attack? Or is it another 60 al-Qaeda affiliates? FM Al-Qirby estimated 2000 jihaddists are in Yemen. – Judicial source revealed to about an expected refer to criminal prosecution of 60 persons suspected to be affiliate of al-Qaeda organisation in prelude to send them to stand trial.

The source that asked not to be identifies has expected that the files of suspected 60 persons would be handed over to the criminal prosecution within the next three weeks. The prosecution would undertake investigations and interrogation of them in an introduction to be sent to trial.

The source made it clear that the suspected are affiliate of three terrorist cells, indicating they were arrested during the campaigns launched by security authorities lately against al-Qaeda elements in governorates of Sana’a, Aden, Abyan, Hadramout and Mareb.

According to the source the suspected are top face charges of affiliation to al-Qaeda organisation and involvement in implementation of terrorist acts in Yemen, among them the latest terrorist attempted attack targeting the US embassy in Sana’a as well as the terrorist attack on the security complex in the city of Seyoun and blasting an oil pipeline in Mareb.

Yemen Sticks with “Mossad Blew the US Embassy” Meme

Filed under: Other Countries, arrests, embassy — by Jane Novak at 2:23 pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2008

update 2: Yemen uncovered a network consisting of 40 Mossad spies using Islam to reach their goals….: Yemen Observer: The network was comprised of 40 people from different Arab nationalities spying for Mossad, the Israeli international intelligence said sources from National and Political Security Units. The members of the espionage network entered Yemen on the premise of conducting business, tourism and even for preaching in mosques. Saleh said that the suspected spies form a terrorism cell that uses also Islam to reach their targets.Members were arrested individually and found to be in possession of detailed maps for sensitive security sites, intelligence telecommunication units and advanced tracking devices.

The six Islamic Jihad members arrested for threatening western embassies after the US embassy attack have ties to Israeli intell, Saleh claims. showing the depth of his committment to finding the guilty parties for sure. Well at least we now know that Emad Ali Saeed al-Rwoni is “Abu al-Gaith al-Miqdad al-Yamani” and another cell member is named Bassam Abdullah Fadhel al-Haidari.

Update: The evidence is letters, I know how accurate correspondence introduced into trial in Yemen can be…

DPA: SANAA: Six militants from the Islamic Jihad organisation arrested by Yemeni police had tried to approach an Israeli intelligence agency for help to carry out terrorist attacks in the Arab state, a security source said yesterday.
The source’s comments come one day after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Yemeni police had dismantled a terrorist cell five days ago that was linked to Israeli intelligence services.
The unnamed source told the official Saba news agency that police had seized “written communications between the cell’s second-in-command Bassam Abdullah al-Haidari, and an Israeli intelligence agency, in which he asked for support to carry out terrorist acts inside Yemen.”
The source said the cell was dismantled in September after its alleged leader, Emad Ali al-Rawni, alias Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani, issued two statements claiming responsibility for the car bombing outside the US embassy on September 17, which killed 18 people.
The source did not clarify whether the discrepancy in dates, or if the two cells were the same.
Abu al-Ghaith, who signed the statements as the leader of the Islamic Jihad Organisation in Yemen, threatened more attacks against Arab and Western embassies in Sanaa, including those of Britain and Saudi Arabia. – DPA,Saba - Investigations with the six-member terrorist cell of “Islamic Jihad” arrested late in September have disclosed an alleged link to Israeli intelligence, a security source said on Tuesday.

The investigations and the computer seized with the cell have revealed of correspondence between the cell’s deputy leader named Bassam Abdullah Fadhel al-Haidari and an intelligence body in Israel, which has been included a support request to implement terrorist acts inside Yemen, according to the source.

Investigations are still underway, the source said, adding that when completion, the case’s file would be sent to justice.

During his meeting with officials and dignitaries in Hadramout governorate, President Ali Abdullah Saleh unearthed last Monday arresting a terrorist cell has links with Israeli intelligence, despite raising a banner for Islam.

The cell included six members led by Emad Ali Saeed al-Rwoni, known as “Abu al-Gaith al-Miqdad al-Yamani”. It has sent several threatening letters of targeting Arab and foreign embassies in Yemen such as embassies of Britain Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The cell has been arrested after a terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy on Wednesday September 17, when a twin car bomb has rocked the US embassy in Sana’a killing 16 people including seven of troops guarding the embassy and four civilians and six attackers. The civilians included two Yemenis, an Indian women and a US citizen from a Yemeni origin.

Related, Iranian spies: MEMRI

In Yemen, Trial Of Three Accused Of Forming Iran Spy Network Begins

The Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa reports that the trial of three Yemenites accused of establishing a network for spying for Iran and of planning to harm vital Yemeni interests will be brought to court for their first day of trial today. Source: Al-Siyassa, Kuwait, October 7, 2008

Israeli Intell Links with Yemeni Terrorists: Saleh

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 11:56 am on Monday, October 6, 2008

Otay. The same guy who said the US blew the USS Cole….

Yemen Observer

President Saleh revealed on Monday that security forces in Yemen caught an espionage network for Israel made up of Arab nationals. This announcement came during his speech in front of MP’s, Shura Council members, local council members, scholars and military and security leaders at Hadhramout University.

According to the president the suspected spies will be brought before the courts shortly in a public trial after investigations are complete.

The network was comprised of 40 people from different Arab nationalities spying for Mossad, the Israeli international intelligence said sources from National and Political Security Units. The members of the espionage network entered Yemen on the premise of conducting business, tourism and even for preaching in mosques. Saleh said that the suspected spies form a terrorism cell that uses also Islam to reach their targets.Members were arrested individually and found to be in possession of detailed maps for sensitive security sites, intelligence telecommunication units and advanced tracking devices.

He called on the political parties and local councils to cooperate with the security forces to combat terrorism and to reject this phenomenon and guard against its spread in Yemeni society.

” Religious scholars of Hadhramout were the ones who spread the word of peace of Islam to the East and South Asia and were ahead of everyone that is why we do not want to Hadhramout to be a center for terrorists and terrorism,” said Saleh.

President Saleh said that Yemenis at large denounce all acts of terrorism that harms the country in all aspects and facets of life and that these terrorists want only to defame and distort the image of Yemen

President Saleh said that the terrorists do not know what they want and have no political agenda that can make the government dialogue with them. They only have hatred against Yemen at large hatred against children, women, old people not only against the government and its leadership, Saleh added.

SANAA (AFP) — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced on Monday the dismantling of a “terrorist cell” which he said was linked to Israeli intelligence services.

“A terrorist cell was arrested five days ago and will be referred to the judicial authorities for its links with the Israeli intelligence services,” Saleh was quoted as saying by the official Saba news agency.

He said the group operated under the “slogan of Islam.”

The Yemeni president made the statement during a meeting with politicians, security and military officials, and tribal leaders at Al-Mukalla University in the eastern province of Hadramawt.

Saleh did not say how many people were arrested nor give details on their alleged links to Israeli intelligence. (Read on …)

al-Yamani Arrested

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 7:10 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2008

YP: YEMENI authorities have arrested the leader of the Islamic Jihad group which had claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the US embassy that killed 17 people, a state-run website said today.

The September 26 site ( said group leader Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani was among six people arrested “for threatening to target foreign embassies”. (Read on …)

Yemen Not to Arrest Known Al-Qaeda Figures

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:48 am on Thursday, September 25, 2008

Qirby estimates 1000-1500 al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen.


Yemen Rejects Some U.S. Requests on Extremists

By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, September 25, 2008; 6:04 AM

SANAA, Yemen — A growing number of attacks attributed to Islamist fighters, including last week’s assault on the U.S. Embassy here, appear to have ended Yemen’s immunity from such violence, but the country’s leaders say they have no intention of adopting some of the tougher security measures, as U.S. officials have urged.

Foreign Minister Abou Bakr al-Qurbi said his government will continue to reject demands to arrest many of the suspects identified by the United States or United Nations as al-Qaeda financiers and organizers, who walk freely in the capital, Sanaa.

“These issues should be left to every country,” Qurbi said at his home in Sanaa after the attack on the U.S. Embassy, which killed 13 people, including an American standing in line outside the building. “Other countries should keep in mind the country’s laws and constitution,” he added, as well as whether “the country has the resources to take the actions that are wanted.” (Read on …)

Cole bomber earlier released from custody, Bin Laden letter found with al-Badawi?

Filed under: USS Cole, Yemen, arrests, attacks, personalities — by Jane Novak at 8:42 am on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

This article is from the year 2000. I hadn’t seen it before so I need to throw it somewhere. The letter is an allegation and was never turned over.


One of the suicide bombers who attacked the destroyer Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden last year had been arrested — and released — just 17 months earlier by Yemeni authorities on charges of conspiring to kidnap Americans working in Yemen.

The suspect, Hassan Said Awadh Khemeri, a Yemeni who had trained at a terrorist camp in Afghanistan run by Osama bin Laden, was one of several suspects in the Cole attack who had been arrested in prior cases but released, according to interviews with officials in Yemen and the United States.

These interviews suggest that Yemeni authorities knew more about the men who attacked the Cole than they have acknowledged, and that they failed to scrutinize the ties of men long suspected of extremist activity.

American law enforcement officials complain that Yemeni officials have withheld information about the Cole plot from the United States. Indeed, several American investigators suspect that some Yemeni government officials knew about the attack before it was launched on Oct. 12 last year.

One Yemeni official familiar with his country’s investigation has charged that crucial evidence that he says links Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda to the bombing has never been turned over to the F.B.I.

The evidence cited by the official included a letter believed to have been written by Mr. bin Laden and found in the house of one of the suspected Cole plotters in Yemen. It could provide the firmest link yet between Al Qaeda and the bombing, which killed 17 American sailors. (Read on …)

Nabi? Leader of Islamic Jihad in Yemen or AAIA?

Filed under: TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 8:56 am on Thursday, September 18, 2008

The “defunct” AAIA grew out of YIJ. More on the recently arrested Nabi here. Theres an article at Straffor that says he was killed but all the other news stories say he was arrested.

Media Line

A group called the Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack in a message posted on the Internet within hours of the bombing, according to the London based Al-Quds Al-‘Arabi.

The group threatened to soon target other embassies in the capital such as those of the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and demanded the release of inmates in Yemen jails.

The leader of the organization, Khalid ‘Abd A-Nabi, was reportedly arrested in Yemen last month after a five-year manhunt.

Working backwards, Abdullah al-Reimi certainly would have the expertise, considering the Jeddah attack.

WT A U.S. official based in Afghanistan said the attack incorporated a strategy that militants also have used in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Armed gunmen have been the follow-up to the bombings to ensure maximum death and to ensure that the bombers follow through with the suicide attacks,” said the official, who asked not to be named because he holds a sensitive position.

A similar technique was used in 2004, when gunmen attacked the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. No Americans were hurt in that assault, which was foiled by security measures and Saudi security forces.

Yemen Rounds Up the Usual Suspects

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, embassy — by Jane Novak at 7:22 am on Thursday, September 18, 2008

Official: 25 arrested over US embassy attack
By PAUL SCHEMM and AHMED AL-HAJ – 1 hour ago

SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — Authorities arrested at least 25 militants with suspected links to al-Qaida in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital, a senior security official said Thursday.

The Yemeni official said the 25 have been rounded up from various parts of Yemen over the past 24 hours and were being questioned by Yemeni and U.S. investigators.

It is not unusual for authorities in Yemen, a key partner in the U.S.-led war on terror but for years an al-Qaida stronghold, to round up a large number of suspects in the wake of a terror attack.

US officials: Growing terror threat in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, USA, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 2:23 pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Its an ongoing issue, they say. First VOA:

While a group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack, McCormack said the United States has suspicions that al-Qaida or a local affiliate may be to blame.

“I think it is safe to say, after talking to the security personnel, that the attack bears all the hallmarks of an al-Qaida attack – where you have multiple vehicle-borne devices, along with personnel on foot, seemingly in an attempt to try to breach the perimeter and actually get inside, get inside the perimeter and try inflict further damage and loss of life,” he said.

Well yes, but I think that if YIJ perpetrated this attack, its still “al-Qaeda”. Maybe the Yemen Soldiers Brigade got a new planner. Or al-Qaeda in Yemen made its move. Or its a new group. Or al-Tawheed. Or Egyptian linked. The AAIA? Its early to draw any conclusions beyond appeasement is a bad policy and some group in Yemen has an operational capacity greater than we’ve seen demonstrated in years. It was a complex attack. They penetrated the first security ring.

The following article from AP references the US’s inability to return the Gitmo detainees because of Yemen’s weak counter-terror policy.


US officials: Yemen poses growing terror threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sophisticated bombing plot carried out against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen brings increased urgency to fears that Muslim extremists are gathering strength in that nation and could make it a headquarters for terrorism.

The attack at the perimeter of the compound, which killed 16 people, including six assailants, follows a March mortar attack on the embassy and two attacks against Yemen’s presidential compound in late April.

“Yemen is rapidly re-emerging as a jihadist battleground and potential base of operations,” Ted Gistaro, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats, said in a speech in August.

The extent of Yemen’s problem with extremists and the shortcomings of its counterterrorism efforts are underscored by the fact that Yemenis make up the largest population of detainees — at least 108 of 270 — held at Guantanamo Bay. (Read on …)

Yemenis in Lebanese Jails

Filed under: TI: External, arrests — by Jane Novak at 11:16 am on Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saba News

Yemen reviews conditions of Yemeni detainees in Lebanon

[12 September 2008]
BEIRUT, Sep. 12 (Saba)- A diplomatic source said on Friday that Yemen’s ambassador to Lebanon Faysal Ameen Abu Ras had talked with the Lebanese Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza the Lebanon’s General Prosecutor Saeed Mirza over conditions of Yemeni detainees in Lebanese prisons.

The source was quoted by the independent as saying that three Yemeni detainees were accused by Lebanese authorities of belonging to the Fatah al-Islam group and targeting western interests in Lebanon.

“The ambassador Abu Ras discussed with Mirza the possibility of prosecuting the Yemeni detainees in Yemen”, added the source.

“Those Yemeni detainees are Nasser al-Shayba and Salim Abdul-Karim accused of belonging to the Fatah al-Islam and Muammar al-Awami who accused of targeting western interests in Lebanon”.

Abu Ras asked the Lebanese authorities to provide a list of Yemeni wanted, arrested and killed during the events took place in the Nahr el Bared camp in Lebanon as well as the possibility of investigating with the detainees by a Yemeni investigation team.

According to the source of the Yemeni embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut, Prosecutor General Mirza accepted to deal with Yemen’s requests officially.

RPG’s, Mortars, Explosives Found in Hadramout

Filed under: TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:40 am on Monday, September 1, 2008

Yemen Observer

A new group suspected of affiliated to al-Qaeda was detained in al-Qia’an in Hadramout province in the past two days, said an official security source today (Saturday) August 30.

The source added that a store containing big quantities of weapons, shells, explosives and ammunition was also discovered hiden on top of a hill in al-Qia’an area of Thamoud district located in the middle of Hadramout province south east of Yemen.

The security source said that 21 big boxes full with weapons and explosives including RBG missiles and severe explosives were found in the hidden store.
“After examining the shells it was found that they were of the same sort of shells that were used in the suicide attack launched at the central security complex in Sayoun on July 25 and were the same kind of explosives found in the hide out of Tarim cell.

The security authorities had announced last Thursday detaining 30 al-Qaeda suspects in Hadramout and four others in Abyan province last week.

Regime Arrests Nabi

Filed under: arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 9:30 am on Saturday, August 30, 2008

What? Nabi? The same Nabi the 2003 US SD Patterns of Terrorism report says Yemen reported dead but actually let go, the same Nabi that was pardoned by Saleh and living the life of a peaceful farmer , Nabi the graduate of Judge al-Hittar’s rehabilitation program, Nabi who was reportedly in Sa’ada, with his gang fighting against the Houthis? Now he’s a wanted criminal that they have been chasing for five years? No, he’s not. Did the security snatch him in a bid for US approval? The story is Nabi planned the attacks in the south on the oil pipelines and security installations. Does this mean the non-existent AAIA is part of the YSB, AQY, joined with the southerners or just got cranky one day and started blowing stuff up? The other AAIA leader, Ahmed Haidrah Abubakr, known as Abulashaath, said a few years ago, they only arrest us to use us against their enemies, option number six.

SANAA (AFP) — Yemeni authorities have arrested a leader of the Islamist Jihad movement in the south of the country after a five-year search, a security official said on Saturday.

The arrest came after an exchange of fire between police and supporters of Khaled Abdel Nabi, who had taken refuge in a house in the town of Jaar in the southern province of Abyan, the official said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The operation was part of an offensive against religious extremists responsible for attacks against security forces and oil installations in the south, the official said.

In 2003, Abdel Nabi, a member of the Jihad movement — which has no links to Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network — launched a series of attacks before going into hiding in the Jabal Hatat mountains.

Five of Abdel Nabi’s supporters were killed in an operation by security forces.

Last Sunday, security forces announced the arrest of 30 suspected Al-Qaeda members, saying they had dismantled an extremist cell, as part of a crackdown on the jihadist network in the eastern part of the country.

On August 12, the ministry of defence announced the death of a local chief and four others belonging to Al-Qaeda after armed clashes that left two policemen dead.

Yemen, ancestral homeland of bin Laden, has been battling suspected Al-Qaeda militants since before the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

15 Al-Qaeda Suspects Confess to Targeting Oil Facilities in Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Oil, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, Yemen, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 7:36 pm on Thursday, August 14, 2008

The YSB?

SAN’A, Yemen: A Yemeni security official says that recently detained members of al-Qaida have confessed to plans to attack oil facilities in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

The official says authorities “obtained during interrogation” confessions from 15 militants arrested after a shootout earlier this week in the town of Tarim in Hadramawt province.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

He says Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz was dispatched to Yemen after learning about the confessions. Riyadh did not comment on Nayef’s visit.

The following article says the YSB group was responsible for pretty much all the recent attacks attacks, including the three mortar attacks in Sana’a, the three suicide bombings and the attacks on the Belguin tourists. And makes the point that some predict, “The international community, mainly the US, will approve of government plans to prioritise security rather than democracy.” (furthering the ultimate Talibanization of Yemen)

SANA’A // The killing this week by Yemeni security forces of a key al Qa’eda mastermind will initially sow confusion among the group, but is likely to provoke a violent backlash, an analyst said.

“This operation is a big blow to al Qa’eda and will, of course, invite an angry response from al Qa’eda to retaliate. It is clear now the confrontation between the government and al Qa’eda is open,” said Saeed Thabet, a political analyst who follows Islamist movements.

Yemeni authorities announced on Aug 12 that Hamza al Quaiti, al Qa’eda in Yemen’s number two, was killed along with five other terror suspects in a shoot-out with police the previous day in Tarim, in south-eastern Hadramaut province.

Another two suspected militants were wounded and arrested by police. Two police officers were killed in the clash.

The ministry of interior has blamed Quaiti for masterminding several terror attacks in Yemen in recent months, including four car bomb attacks and an attack on Belgian tourists in Hadramaut on Jan 18 that killed two Belgian women and two Yemeni drivers. The ministry has also accused Quaiti of being behind the US Embassy bombing in March. The attack killed a security guard and wounded 13 students at a nearby school. (Read on …)

Shootout in Hadramout

Filed under: TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:15 am on Monday, August 11, 2008

SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — Two Yemeni security officers and five suspected al-Qaida militants died in a gunbattle Monday in a southern Yemeni town, a provincial security official said.

Authorities also captured two suspected militants during the shootout, which took place in Tarim in Hadramawt province, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information to journalists.

The provincial governor, Ahmed al-Khanbashi, said earlier that troops surrounded a house and exchanged gunfire with men inside who were believed to be members of an al-Qaida branch. He put the death toll at two militants and gave no further details.

Residents of the town said shooting raged for about two hours and some armed men managed to escape.

Last week, two grenades were thrown at a police convoy in the province’s capital, al-Mukalla, but caused no casualties. Earlier, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb that killed a policeman in the Interior Ministry’s regional headquarters in Hadramawt.

Al-Qaida has an active presence in Yemen, which is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden.

A name:

Sahwa Net- Three policemen were killed and three others were wounded in a shootout between security forces and al-Qaeda elements in Tarim of Hadhramout province, 800 kilometers east of Sanaa.

According to local sources, one suspect Abdullah Batais, was killed when the security forces stormed a home in which the suspects were hiding. The sources explained that shooting is ongoing up to now, pointing out that the suspects hurled a grenade on policemen while they were trying to storm the house.

Second Hadramout Al-Qaeda Cell

Filed under: Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:13 am on Monday, August 11, 2008

Earth Times

Sana’a, Yemen – Yemeni police have uncovered a second al-Qaeda-linked terrorist cell in the south-east of the country, just days after security forces raided an al-Qaeda hideout in the area, the official Saba news agency reported Friday. The agency quoted a security source as saying that police arrested one member of the group after they raided a tent house outside the Arabian Sea port city of Mukalla.

The source said police also found firearms, explosives, military uniforms in the raided hideout and were continuing their investigation.

Mukalla is the capital of south-eastern Hadhramout province, a desert region where al-Qaeda has recently showed an active presence.

Hadhramout governor Salem al-Khanbashi, said the cell was planning to attack multiple targets in the province.

He said the group was behind a mortar attack that targeted bridge in Mukalla on August 7. No one was hurt in that attack, according to police.

On Monday, police killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda in a raid on a house in Tarim town of Hadhramout. Authorities said the group had plotted terrorist attacks inside the country and in its oil-rich neighbour Saudi Arabia.

Among the suspects killed was Hamza al-Quaiti, a suspected mastermind of several car bomb attacks that hit Yemen in recent years. Two suspects were injured in the firefight and arrested by police. Two police officers were killed in the clash.

8 to Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:11 am on Monday, August 11, 2008

Sana’a, Yemen – Yemen has extradited to Saudi Arabia eight Saudis one week after Yemeni police uncovered suspected plots by al- Qaeda to carry out terrorist attacks in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, a state-run weekly reported Thursday.

The eight men were “wanted by Saudi security authorities on security-related charges,” said the 26 September newspaper, the defence ministry mouthpiece.

“The handover was made within the past two days in line with cooperation between the two brotherly countries, and under the security cooperation agreement,” the paper quoted an unnamed security source as saying.

This is the latest such handover between Yemen and its oil-rich neighbour Saudi Arabia under an extradition agreement inked in 2003.

Last week, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said police had discovered plots by al-Qaeda to strike targets in inside the country and in Saudi Arabia.

Documents and blueprints for the plans were reportedly found after police forces raided a hideout for al-Qaeda in south-eastern Yemen on August 12.

Police killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda in the raid in Tarim town of Hadhramout province.

Among the suspects killed was Hamza al-Quaiti, a suspected mastermind of several car bomb attacks that hit Yemen in recent years. Two other suspects were injured in the firefight and arrested by police. Two police officers were killed in the clash. (dpa)

Al-Jihad and Al-Qaeda, Sayoun Attack

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:08 pm on Friday, August 8, 2008

Yemen Observer

The Yemeni security authorities detained more than 30 wanted terrorists most of them affiliated to al-Jihad extremist group in the past few weeks in Abyan province.

Sources in Abyan security authorities said that the arrest of the extremists came after a number of terrorist attacks launched by the terrorist group in Abyan province.

In related issue the security authorities in Hadramout province commenced investigations of six suspects charged of being behind the terrorist attack that targeted a security complex in Sayoun city on July 25. (Read on …)

30 Arrested in Hadramout

Filed under: Counter-terror, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:19 am on Friday, August 1, 2008

Text of report by Yemeni Armed Forces newspaper 26 September website on 28 August

Police investigations showed precise and important information on Al-Qa’idah network and their terrorist plots.

A security source told 26 September Net that a plentiful information have been obtained; of which was a computer that terrorists tried to get rid of it by drowning it in water, nonetheless, the computer was later operated, which helped to take serious tips from that computer.

The source further said, that the tips contributed in hunting other Al-Qa’idah members, as 30 of them were arrested in Hadhramut in the past days, adding, their plots were also foiled when they try to connect with terrorist organization called Al-Jazeera organization in Saudi Arabia.

Originally published by 26 September website, Sanaa, in Arabic 28 Aug 08.

(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Middle East. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

Yemen Arrests 220 Terrorists or Drug Dealers or Smugglers or Houthis

Filed under: Yemen, Yemen-Statistics, arrests, drugs, smuggling — by Jane Novak at 8:30 pm on Monday, July 14, 2008

but lets just call them all terrorists:

Yemen Observer

220 out of 1045 terrorist suspects were arrested by the Yemeni police in the year of 2007, according to a recent report issued by the Yemeni Ministry of Interior.

According to the report the 220 detainees were arrested under accusations of being involved in terrorist cases or in other organized and drug crimes. The report also revealed that other thousands of criminals were detained in 2007 for being involved in other different crimes.

The report stated that the security authorities could handle 34,386 crimes out of 36,894 at a rate of 63.2 percent.

According to the same report the number of premeditated crimes dropped by 96 percent compared to the year 2006 due to the firm implementation of the law that banned weapon-carrying in the main cities.

The report also revealed that 812 stolen cars out of 1,173 were brought back to their owners.

In 2007 the Yemeni authorities deported 1,390 Arabs and foreigners living illegally in the country, while more than 27,900 illegal immigrants were caught by the coastguard. The coastguard also registered more than 1,418 cases of smuggling refugees and water pollution cases in 2007. The report also stated that Yemeni authorities have given more than 32,000 residence identity cards for refugees from Africa and other Arab and Asian countries.

The United Nations granted the Yemeni Ministry of Interior its shield for the year 2008 in recognition for the great success it achieved in fighting drugs.

Jabr Elbaneh Stays in Jail Until October

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 2:01 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2008

so says the judge…

SANAA: A Yemeni court yesterday sent back to prison a convicted top Al Qaeda militant with a $5mn US bounty on his head, rejecting his appeal to be released on bail.
The appeal court in Sanaa turned down the bail application by Jaber al-Banna, one of 36 convicted militants who are appealing prison sentences of between two and 15 years.
Banna was sentenced to 10 years in jail last year while he was still on the run after being convicted of plotting a suicide bomb attack on oil facilities in Yemen in September 2006 that was foiled by police. He was ordered yesterday to return to court on October 11 when the verdict on his appeal would be delivered. (Read on …)

Yemen Arrests Some al-Qaeda

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:53 pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reuters, 6/25

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni security forces have arrested a suspected al Qaeda member along with four comrades in the east of the Arabian Peninsula country, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.It identified the man as Haitham bin Saad and said he was arrested in the Hadramout region, an Islamist stronghold. “Those arrested are in custody in a prison run by state security in Sayun district to be later moved to Sanaa,” a state-affiliated website ( quoted the ministry as saying.

June 17


Sana’a, Yemen – Yemeni police have broken up an al-Qaeda cell that has been plotting terrorist attacks against foreign interests and government facilities in the capital Sana’a, an online news outlet reported Tuesday.

Officers from the National Security Agency raided the cell and arrested all its members late on Monday, the RayNews web site said, without giving numbers of those arrested.

It said the group’s leader, Riydh al-Salehi, was among the arrested suspects. The report describes al-Salehi as a ‘leading member of al-Qaeda in Yemen.’

The authorities did not comment on the report.

Yemen’s Interior Ministry has said that security forces had arrested 11 suspected members of the al-Qaeda terrorist network in Sana’a late in May. It said the detained suspects gave information during questioning about acts of terror carried out by the network.

An al-Qaeda arm in Yemen has claimed responsibility for several mortar attacks in Sana’a in the past few months, including one that targeted a residential compound housing US citizens on April 6 and another against the US embassy on March 18.

On Sunday, Yemeni Vice President Abdu-Rabu Mansour Hadi said his country had expelled 16,000 suspected members of the al-Qaeda network since 2005 as part of its efforts to fight terrorism.

Hadi said the expelled suspects belonged to various nationalities and many of them were those known as the Arab Afghans.

Arab Afghans are Muslim Jihadi veterans from various Arab countries who had fought against the Soviet army in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Yemen received thousands of those militants after the war ended in 1989.

Hadi said the suspected militants were sent back to their home countries between 2005 and 2008. He did not name any of the countries.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Yemen allied itself with the United States in the so-called war on terrorism and cracked down on armed groups affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Security forces have also rounded up hundreds of Arab Afghans and foreign students at unregistered religious schools across the Arabian Peninsula country.

Schools, they want to talk about the schools?

From May, foreign al-Qaeda:


Sanaa, 30 May (AKI) – Yemeni security authorities have identified 70 militants belonging to al-Qaeda or to Shia rebel factions loyal to insurgent leader Imam Abdul Malik al-Houthi, and will be arrested in the next few days, pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported.

About 30 of the wanted militants are thought to be very dangerous, as they are reportedly followers of Osama Bin Laden.

Yemeni security officials quoted by the paper said they are confident that in the next few days the wanted militants will be arrested, due to vital information provided by 11 al-Qaeda militants who were arrested in capital Sanaa earlier this week.

According to al-Hayat , those arrested were directly involved in terror attacks in Sanaa during March and April and belonged to Jund al-Yemen, al-Qaeda’s branch in the country.

Among the arrested are six Saudi citizens, three Chadians and two Yemenis.

Jund al-Yemen claimed responsibility for the double car-bomb attack near the Italian embassy in Sanaa on 30 April.

Also on Thursday, government troops arrested rebel leader Fadl al-Houthi along with Ahmad Daghsan, another al-Houthi field commander.

The Shia rebels together with the revival of al-Qaeda cells in Yemen represent the most important security threats in the country and have led to the deaths of hundreds of Yemeni soldiers.

In the past, the authorities in Yemen have accused the Iranian government of financing the rebel movement led by al-Houthi.

Bombing the camp of the central security forces

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Indonesian Al-Qaeda Arrested

Filed under: TI: External, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 4:19 pm on Saturday, June 7, 2008

The last time we heard about JI in Yemen was the Ayyoub brothers.

Yemen Observer

The source was quoted as saying that the arrested suspect is a high-profile al-Qaeda militant and has provided important information during interrogations.
An informed source revealed to the Yemen Observer that the arrested person was an Indonesian citizen.
Prior to this event the Yemeni authorities announced the arrest of 11 suspected al-Qaeda militants in the capital Sana’a.
The security apparatuses also detained some persons suspected of protecting and sheltering escaped al-Qaeda fugitives in Marib province
In the last few weeks the security forces have launched many raids against al-Qaeda in Yemen, particularly after al-Qaeda militants carried out several attacks against facilities and residential buildings in the country.

Jaber Elbaneh Behind Bars: Regime

Filed under: Trials, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 3:14 pm on Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Update: Elbaneh is being held in the same jail he escaped from previously, I believe. My question today is, did they ever close up the tunnel?

Original post: Who was it who pretended to be in jail? Oh yes, it was convicted Limburgh bomber Abu Bakr al-Raibee who the security forces used to dress up in prison clothes to bring him from his home to court. According to his father, Abu Bakr never spent a day in jail despite a ten year sentence because he had a deal with President Saleh, just as Elbaneh claims to. And maybe Elbaneh is behind bars, but after so much duplicity on the part of the Yemeni regime, its difficult to have any real faith in their assurances. Jaber Elbaneh is an American citizen who attended the al-Farouk training camp in Afghanistan along with six of his friends from Lackawanna, New York. The six eventually all pled guilty to terror related charges upon their return to the US. Elbaneh went to Yemen.

Local News: Al-Bana’s trial postponed Tuesday 03 June 2008 / Mareb Press

A Yemeni appealing court postponed today the trial of the 36 men accused of carrying out terrorist attacks against Yemeni-western interests and trying to bomb oil installations in Hadramout and Marib in September 2006.

In the session, the lawyer of Jabr al-Bana, one of the defendants, demanded the court to acquit al-Bana and release him on bail.

“The Yemeni constitution gives al-Bana the right to continue his trial outside the prison because he has provided the court with the necessary guarantee,” the lawyer said. (Read on …)

Elbaneh 10 Year Sentence in Oil Facilities Attack Upheld

Filed under: Trials, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 4:40 pm on Monday, May 19, 2008


Yemen puts Qaeda operative back in jail

Monday, May 19, 2008
SANA, Yemen: A Yemeni-American on the FBI’s most-wanted list of terror suspects was jailed in Yemen after an appeals court upheld his 10-year prison sentence, officials said Monday. (Read on …)

Finally a Little Appeasement from Yemen: Elbaneh Jailed

Filed under: USA, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 9:51 am on Sunday, May 18, 2008

FBI Most Wanted Jaber Elbaneh was jailed after losing his appeal. Evidence against the Yemeni-American in the 2006 pre-election attack on oil facilities was weak, Interior Minister Rashad al-Alimi had said in defending Elbaneh’s prior release on bail after surrendering to President Saleh. However its possible that Elbaneh is innocent in the “thwarted attack” case and the whole thing is a temporary ploy to take some pressure off Saleh after the news about the USS Cole bombers being effectively pardoned.

Wasn’t al-Badawi also charged in the oil facilities case? Saleh’s cousin, the bin Shamlan bodyguard was acquited earlier, and is still rather peeved about the whole thing.

YO: The political security personnel arrested al- Elbaneh immediately and took him from the court hall to the political security prison.

The order came during the Appeal Court’s session for trying 36 al-Qaeda suspects accused of committing terrorist acts in Yemen, including the bombing of some oil facilities in Marib and al-Dhabah of Hadramout in 2006. They are also accused of planning to attack several foreign interests and governmental institutions, as well as public places, including main hotels.

The court also ordered the general prosecution to publish the photos of the suspect Fahd Saleh al-Hawani who is still at large and also for the prosecution to respond to the requests presented by the suspects that demanded they be released.

Update: Appeal still on going

He resurfaced on February 23, when he walked unannounced into a courtroom at the state security court in Sana’a, escorted by two bodyguards. He left the court after the court hearing.

His appearance before the court’s judge was to appeal against a 10-year absentia jail sentence handed to him by a lower court last November.

Since then, he has attended five court hearings without being arrested, prompting US officials to object to the Yemeni government’s leniency with him and renew demands for his extradition to face trial in the United States.

In the sixth hearing on Sunday, prosecutors demanded al-Banna be arrested pending the verdict by the appeal court. The court’s presiding judge Muhammad al-Hakemi responded to the demand and ordered al-Banna to be jailed.

Al-Banna is on trial at the state security court of appeals in Sana’a along with 31 other men convicted by the first instance state security court in Sana’a on November 7, 2007 of plotting terror attacks, including two car bombs attacks at oil facilities in eastern Yemen in 2006.

When he first appeared at the court on February 23, al-Banna, 41, told judges that his conviction was “unfair” and he said he hadn’t plotted any attacks in Yemen or the United States.

“I have not committed any act, neither in this country nor in America,” al-Banna told the court’s panel. “I was sentenced to 10 years in prison for doing no offence. This is not fair,” he said.

Elbaneh Not Very Guilty: al-Alimi

Filed under: USA, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 6:51 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2008

Elbaneh was convicted in a Yemeni court and his appearances in court over the last few months relate to the appeal process. So is the Interior Minister saying Elbaneh was framed? I would believe that.

Washington Post He resurfaced nearly three months ago, on Feb. 23, when he walked unannounced into a cramped Sanaa courtroom, escorted by four bodyguards.

Interrupting a trial of other al-Qaeda suspects, he told the judge his name and declared that all charges against him were bogus. “I haven’t committed any crimes in this country or in the United States,” he said.

He dropped another bombshell by saying he had personally surrendered to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and was under his protection. Then he walked out of the courtroom. Stunned court officials did nothing.

U.S. officials objected and renewed demands for his extradition to face trial in Buffalo. Yemen has refused, and senior officials in Sanaa have downplayed the seriousness of the U.S. charges.

Although Elbaneh faces charges in Yemen for his alleged involvement in attacks on foreign oil workers and in another plot, Interior Minister Rashad al-Alimi said the case against him was weak. Alimi said that Elbaneh was cooperating in other investigations and that the government was inclined to treat him leniently.

“One of our tactics is if these terrorist suspects have no blood on their hands and if they are moving in the right direction, let’s help him move in that direction,” Alimi said. “Long imprisonment sometimes makes people angry and makes them vicious, so that they want revenge. That’s their nature — Yemenis are like that.”

Abdel-Karim al-Iryani, a former prime minister and adviser to Saleh, confirmed that Elbaneh had surrendered to the Yemeni president in exchange for a guarantee of protection.

“It’s a very traditional thing in Yemen,” Iryani said. “You surrender yourself to a high-ranking official. His surrender was accepted on the basis that he would cooperate.”

Meanwhile, Elbaneh is allowed to remain free as long as he promises to appear in court when summoned.

AQY Warns non-Muslim foreigners: Stay Out

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Donors, UN, USA, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 6:43 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2008

What a bunch of elitist imperialist lunatics these al-Qaeda are: they annointed themselves as gatekeeper for the entire nation and magically endowed themselves with the right to murder anyone they please. Somehow these fanatics think they know better than all the other 20 million Yemenis what is right.

Osama gets the final say on who lives and dies in Yemen? Ok so we can start the list of who’s safe.

Thankfully they haven’t learned yet to shoot a mortar. Maybe the regime got a bad shipment from Kim Jung Ear. Maybe not.

(AKI) – An al-Qaeda cell in Yemen has issued a threat against non-Muslim foreign tourists, particularly those from the West, who visit the Arabian Peninsula.

“We warn all the unbelievers who enter the Arabian Peninsula that [targeting] their money and their blood are religiously right for us,” said al-Qaeda of the Jihad in the South of the Arabian Peninsula in a statement that was published in its e-magazine entitled “Epic Echo”.

“We want to tell you that if you enter the Arabian Peninsula under any name or cover, whether as tourists, diplomats, university professors or journalists, know that we are justified in targeting you,” said the statement.

“We do not respect any of the agreements signed by the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and various governments.”

The terrorists also mentioned the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and accused Europeans of not having accepted his offer of peace offered to European governments in April 2004.

“No-one will be safe without an explicit permission from Sheikh Osama,” said the statement.

The group also said that it would also target Yemeni security forces.

In recent weeks, Yemen has been hit by a series of attacks carried out by al-Qaeda against government targets.

Related: US Embassy Attacker Sentence Reduced

2008-05-12 SAN’A, Yemen (AP) – An appeals court in Yemen has reduced the prison sentence for a man convicted of shooting at the U.S. Embassy there. The 2006 shooting caused slight damage to the building in the Yemeni capital of San’a, but no one was hurt. Saleh Alawi al-Ammari was initially sentenced to five years in prison. But a judge on Monday reduced the penalty to three years.

Prosecutors have said al-Ammari went on a shooting spree after listening to videotapes calling on Muslims to wage jihad, or holy war, against the United States because of the Iraq war and American support for Israel.

Al-Nabi Bodyguard Shot, Arrested

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 7:14 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2008


May 10, 2008 – Security forces have arrested Najib Mohamad Abdu, known also as Hafsa, from inside a hospital in Aden, while he was treated after seriously injured by government forces.

Hafsa, a bodyguard of Aden-Abyan Army leader Khalid Abdul-Nabi, was taken into a jail in Aden governorate as a first step to transferr him to the central prison of Abyan.

For his part, Hafsa denied security source’s statements of being a wanted, alleging those statements just to justify their crime committed against him.

Yemeni security forces had shot Hafsa on his right leg, while he was shopping with his companion including Khalid Abdul Nabi.

Reduced Sentence for Attempting Jihad in Iraq, 2 years

Filed under: Iraq, TI: External, Trials, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:13 pm on Friday, May 9, 2008


Meanwhile, a Yemeni state security court of appeals this week reduced a jail term for a national convicted of trying to go to Iraq for jihad. Bashir Muhammad Nu’man was sentenced last week to five years in prison for using a forged passport to travel to Syria with the intention of joining Al-Qaeda. The appeals court reduced the sentence to two years in prison for Nu’man, who was said to have been arrested in Syria and extradited to Yemen in February 2007, reportedly without offering any explanation….

Some neighboring states have taken the initiative to secure their borders with Iraq. Indeed, it does not appear that Arab foreign fighters have had any success in crossing the Kuwaiti, Saudi, or Jordanian borders into Iraq.

Syria has long been considered the main access point for foreign fighters, and despite some claims that the Syrian authorities are taking steps to control that flow, it is clearly not doing enough. Likewise, Iran has been reported to be another entry point for foreign fighters, particularly for Arabs entering Iraq from Afghanistan. Until Iraq can improve security along its porous borders with Iran and Syria, the problem will remain a major impediment to Iraqi security for years to come.

State Dept 2007 Country Report on Terrorism

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, TI: External, TI: Internal, Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 6:10 pm on Friday, May 2, 2008


Yemen’s 2007 counterterrorism record was mixed. The Republic of Yemen took action against al-Qa’ida (AQ) and local extremists, arresting and killing several individuals suspected of having AQ ties, and prosecuted the perpetrators of previous terrorist acts. However, significant setbacks included the June 22 announcement that Abu Basir Nasir al-Wahishi was the new head of al-Qa’ida in Yemen (AQY), and the July 2 terrorist attack in Marib that killed ten people. Despite United States pressure, Yemen continued to implement a surrender program with lenient requirements for terrorists it could not apprehend, which often led to their relatively lax incarceration. Yemen also released all returned Guantanamo detainees after short periods of assessment and rehabilitation, into a government monitoring program that lacked strict monitoring measures. U.S.S. Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi’s continued incarceration remained uncertain at the end of 2007.
(Read on …)

Egyptian Arrested in Embassy Attack

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Other Countries, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 8:27 am on Monday, April 21, 2008


Sana’a, Yemen – Yemeni security forces have arrested a member of the Egyptian militant Jihad group believed to have connections to terrorists behind a series of recent attacks against US targets in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, a news report said on Saturday.

An anti-terrorism unit captured the Egyptian man, identified as Muhammad Yaqout, in a sting operation in Sana’a last week, the RayNews website said, quoting a police source.

The unnamed source said Yaqout was a leading Jihad member and that he was linked to two mortar attacks that targeted the US embassy in Sana’a on March 18 and a residential compound housing US and Western citizens on April 6.

Interior Ministry officials were not available for comment.

Yaqout was arrested in Sana’a last August as part of a crackdown on Yemeni and foreign suspected militants after a suicide car bombing attack against a convoy of Spanish tourist in the north-central province of Marib on July 2, 2007.

He was released two months later after investigations showed that he had no links to the attack that left eight Spanish tourists dead.

Jaber Elbaneh Back in Court Yet Again

Filed under: Yemen, arrests, personalities — by Jane Novak at 8:11 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2008


According to a photo at the YO dated 4/20

Abu Bakr al Reibi complains about lack of sun:

In a special release, the first suspect, Abu Bakr al-Rabiee, brother of fugitive Fuaz al-Rabiee, an al-Qaeda leader in Yemen who died in a gun fire with the security in Sana’a governorate, said that the prison authorities mistreated them by denying them medicines, preventing them from going to the bath at certain times, and not allowing them to be subjected to sunlight.

Arresting the Comedians Again

Filed under: Civil Rights, Judicial, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:58 pm on Saturday, April 5, 2008

No laughing allowed!

April 5, 2008 – The Yemeni collation of the opposition parties, the Joint Meeting parties, strongly denounced irresponsible practices of the authorities, stressing that such acts would escalate political and social actions and an all-out national crisis.

The spokesman of JMP, Mohammad al-Qobati urged the authorities to end its obsession which endangers, according to him, democracy margin, asking, in the meantime, for releasing all political prisoners.

The Yemeni authorities had arrested lately dozens of political activists, artists, professors and opposition leaders including the Secretary-General of the Yemeni Social party in Lahj, Hamid Araba and the comedic artist Fahd al-Qarni in Taiz province.

April 5, 2008 – The Joint Meeting Parties in Taiz called all its members, supporters and civil society organization to sit in on Sunday before the Taiz headquarter of the Political Security Organization in solidarity with the comic artist Fahad al-Qarni and other political prisoners arrested recently in various Yemeni governorates. JMP leaders demanded to immediately release al-Qarni as he just criticize politics not national symbols as alleged by the authorities.

Marib Press

The Yemeni security authorities have arrested on Saturday a Yemeni popular singer for allegedly abusing senior officials including head of the state the president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The political security (intelligence) in Taiz province told reporters that the artist Fahd Al Qarni had refused judicial orders before he was arrested.

Al Qarni has been criticising the policy of the government through his ironic songs in a way that attracted a lot of people to attend a series of opposition rallies organised by the Islamist opposition party Islah under the slogan “Our life is struggle”.

“Fahd Al Qarni is accused of abusing the head of the state, and ridiculing his speeches and this is a clear violation of the law,” said a spokesman at the political security office in Taiz .

The security official said Al Qarni will be handed over to the prosecution office over these charges.

“Such abuses and defamations are considered to be inciting against the state and its constitutional institutions,” the spokesman said.

On his part, the spokesman of the Islah party said that the detention of Al Qarni was a crime.

“The artist Al Qarni is one of the national symbols which criticise the corruption, injustice, and tyranny,” said Fathi Al Azab.

“The ability of this artist to express the sufferings of the people through his songs has angered the government,” he added.

Four al-Qaeda militants arrested

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 12:55 pm on Saturday, September 16, 2006

A stand-off, 12 bags of explosives seized:

26 September:

We have arrested al Qaeda-linked cell Saturday who were believed to be planning to carry out attacks in the capital”, Interior Minister Rashad Rashad al-Eleimi said
Al-Eleimi said the suspects also had links to the four suicide bombers, who had planned to blow Yemeni oil installations on Friday but were killed as the attack was foiled.
He pointed out that security forces confiscated 12 bags each containing 40 to 50 pounds of highly explosive material as well as masks and women’s clothing, which militants sometimes use to disguise themselves.
The arrests were made Saturday morning after an hours-long standoff that began Friday night when security forces surrounded the militants. The interior minister said the alleged militants opened fire at the security forces but nobody was hurt.
“We are certain that this cell has links with the al-Qaida network and with those who carried out the attacks in Mareb and Hadarmut,” Al-Alimi told reporters, referring to the areas targeted Friday.
“The terrorist group were preparing to record their operations as Al Qaida style but security forces arrested them with the explosive materials”, Al Alimi added.
He reaffirmed that terrorist actions will not affect on the Yemeni election .


19 Acquited of Plotting Attacks

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:28 am on Saturday, July 8, 2006

During their trial the defense lawyer made the same point. The defendants admitted in court to going to Iraq to attack Iraqi and coalition forces, but that’s not illegal in Yemen. They were charged with “forming an armed gang” to launch attacks within Yemen (on the orders of Zarchawi) which carries a penalty of ten years. Yemeni lawyers have noted the Special State Security Court contravenes the constitution, and its sentences are often politicized.


A Yemen special court acquitted Saturday 19 men including five Saudis of accusations of forming an armed gang to target Americans and Yemenis in the county.
Chaired by Judge Mohammed Al Badani, the State Security Court said the prosecution had failed to present evidence proving the men had formed the armed gang. However, the prosecutor Khaled Al Mawri said he would appeal.
The families, including Saudi families, of the defendants welcomed the court’s verdict demanding immediate execution and release of their sons.
On February 22nd, 17 of the men were put on trial on charges of forming an armed gang to target Americans in Yemen and also Yemenis in connection with them.

On April 15th, the prosecution accused two more Yemenis of having facilitated the entrance of the accused Saudis from Syria to Yemen.
The group was also accused of having received instructions from the then Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, to take revenge for the Yemen’s Al Qaeda leader , Abu Ali Al Harethi who was killed in November 2002 by a CIA unmanned plane.
During the court hearings, the defendants, however, denied forming an armed gang in Yemen and denied that Al Zarqawi ordered them to go to Yemen. But they said they went to Iraq for jihad and demanded the court release them.

More from CNN:

Critics say the decision points to the Yemeni president’s bid to win the radical Islamic vote ahead of elections in September.

Several of the defendants did confess to having been in Iraq to fight U.S. troops there and had Iraqi stamps on their passport, the court heard. “But this does not violate [Yemeni] law,” the judge said.

“Islamic Sharia law permits jihad against occupiers,” he said.

Mohammed al-Maqaleh, an expert in Islamist affairs who frequently appears in Yemeni media, described the verdict as a “shock.”

“The judiciary is collaborating with the Islamist extremists and this verdict is politicized,” al-Maqaleh said on the telephone. He said it was another sign that President Ali Abdullah Saleh was trying to drum up support from Muslim radicals ahead of the coming presidential elections.

Saleh has long-standing ties with Islamic militants, who have stood by the administration since the 1980s. They sided with his northern government in the 1994 civil war and the successful battle against secessionists from the secular south.

Saleh and PSO negotiate with al-Qaeda convicts and suspects

Filed under: Counter-terror, Presidency, Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:32 pm on Sunday, June 18, 2006

A committee unlike any other, no more monitoring, more releases, freedom to travel inside and outside Yemen, al-Qaeda escapees may be in Iraq or Afghanistan already, attacks within Yemen unlikely,

Gulf News:

Sanaa: The Yemeni government has formed a committee to work for the rehabilitation of Al Qaida suspects if they pledge to renounce violence and extremism, a member of the committee said on Sunday.

The committee was formed after a group of former Al Qaida prisoners met President Ali Abdullah Saleh to discus the rehabilitation issue.

“We met President Saleh on June 15 to discuss the conditions of the prisoners and also those who are already released but still under surveillance or house arrest,” Rashad Mohammad Saeed, who attended the meeting, said in an exclusive interview with Gulf News. “The committee was made up of six people – we chose three from among us and three from the governmental concerned bodies,” said Saeed, who is also known as Abu Al Feda.

The 32-year-old Abu Al Feda went to Afghanistan in 1989 for Jihad against the former Soviet Union, stayed until 1992 and then returned to Yemen. In 1998, he went back to Afghanistan to fight with Taliban and Al Qaida until days before the September 11 attacks and came back to Yemen where he was arrested on September 26, 2001, and kept in prison for nearly two years and four months. bu Al Feda, who says he is still under surveillance since he was released in early 2004, said this committee is different from all previous ones.

“The difference now is that this committee was formed from both sides not only from the government side,” Abu Al Feda said. “Hopefully, during the coming days all those who are not sentenced will be released and those who are sentenced and have served two-thirds of their period, will be released by the president.

“Keeping these young people in prison is not in the interests of Yemen. I think they were put in prison only under international circumstances and American pressure,” he said. He pointed out to promises from authorities to solve the problems facing him and his colleagues after their release.

So far, the Yemeni authorities say they have released about 315 Al Qaida suspects for lack of evidence against them. “It was also agreed to cancel measures imposed on those who are released, like house arrest, the monthly signing of official register and taking permission if you wish to go another province in Yemen,” he said.

“The youth should be allowed to travel wherever they wish in the country and outside the country if they get visas like normal citizens.” He also said those who lost their jobs because of imprisonment would be returned to their jobs.

“I and my brotherly youth will be committed not to do anything that may undermine the security or damage the public interests of society,” he said. Answering a question as to what extent these promises can be realised, he said, “I do not look at them as promises. It is a duty of those responsible for the homeland and its sons, to solve their problems.”

“I expect that all these points discussed in the meeting will be implemented because of the seriousness of the President of the Republic and chairman of the Political Security Organisation. They are very interested in solving our problems.”

About those 14 prisoners still at large after the February escape of 23 Al Qaida suspects, he said, “If they went to Iraq or Afghanistan, then they have arrived at a place where they can do as they wish,” adding, that he is not worried about them.

He said, if they are still in the country, “I do not expect them to do anything against the country and it will only be a matter of time for them to go back.”

Rehabilitation and re-integration are very important issues, appeasement is another. How many appeasements does it take to equal support? Meanwhile, the US and the Brits are training the Yemeni Coast Guard. And Abizaid visits Saleh. There’s five or six known al-Qaeda in Somalia according to the US, “individuals suspected of participating in the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.”

The Other 23

Filed under: Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 7:15 pm on Sunday, June 4, 2006

SANAA: The trial of 23 Yemenis accused of forging documents to go to Iraq and join the insurgency, possessing weapons and covering up for Al-Qaeda suspects opened yesterday in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. All defendants were in court when the prosecution charged that they had forged documents in order to obtain passports to travel to Iraq to join the “jihad,” or holy war, against US-led and Iraqi government forces. Most of the defendants were captured in Syria before they were able to cross into Iraq and were handed over to Yemen.
The group is also accused of possessing weapons and explosives and some of the defendants face the charge of helping to hide fugitive Al-Qaeda suspects. Judge Najib Al-Qadiri ordered the release of one group member, who has been in detention for five years, a decision which the prosecutor’s representative said he would appeal. The trial, which adjourned to June 17, is the latest in a series of trials of suspected militants in Yemen.
The impoverished Gulf country has seen a series of attacks in recent years, notably the bombing by Al-Qaeda militants of the US destroyer Cole in the southern port of Aden in 2000 that killed 17 American sailors. A 2002 attack against the French oil tanker Limburg killed one Bulgarian crew member and wounded 12 others. The suspects who appeared in court yesterday were not accused of plotting to target Western interests in the country.
The government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has cracked down on suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, convicting several presumed extremists, including a number in connection with the Cole and Limburg attacks. Twenty-three Al-Qaeda suspects, including some linked to the Cole and Limburg attacks, escaped from jail in February, causing a major embarrassment to the government. Nine of the jail breakers have since surrendered or been rearrested. – AFP

of which 8 have been released.

More at the YT

New Trial of 23 AQ

Filed under: Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 10:46 am on Friday, May 26, 2006

SANAA, Yemen, May 25 (UPI) — Yemeni public prosecutor Abdullah Alafi revealed that a court specializing in terror cases will next week begin the trial of 23 suspected al-Qaida members.

Alafi was quoted as saying Thursday in the weekly September 26, mouthpiece of the Defense Ministry, that interrogation of the suspects was completed and they will be referred to trial next week on charges of belonging to the terrorist group led by Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden.

“These are among detainees with the security agencies whose trial was decided after their cases were studied and reviewed,” Alafi said. Of the suspects, seven are accused of forming an armed gang for carrying out terrorist operations.

Alafi pointed out that 315 people suspected of belonging to al-Qaida have been freed for lack of evidence, including 95 recently let go.

He also revealed that 12 people are currently being tried by the military court on charges of facilitating the escape of 23 Qaida prisoners from the central intelligence prison in Sanaa in February. Among them are prison security officials.

Alafi said that of the 23 escapees, nine have been arrested or have surrendered to the authorities. “As for the remaining fugitives, security agencies are still chasing them,” he said.

Jihaddist Groups in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: Internal, Yemen, aq statements, arrests, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:21 am on Wednesday, April 5, 2006

HT to Minerva at Terrorism Unveiled for pointing out this very interesting article at Asharaq Al=Awsat:

Asharq Al-Awsat visited the small city of Ja’ar in Abyan, which is located to the east of Aden, and met with Sheikh Khalid Abdul-Nabi, leader of the banned Islamic Aden Abyan Army. At first, Abdul-Nabi said that “there are jihadists and non-jihadists. Jihad was ordained by Almighty God as every Muslim’s duty. My situation is very normal; however, we faced some incidents and were described by some sides as a jihadist group.” Abd-al-Nabi, who noted that he engaged in “jihad” in Afghanistan, said that he belongs to the Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama’ah group, whose aim is to establish the call to Islam, teach people the correct Islamic approach, fight the innovation of religious beliefs, abide by God’s rule and the prophet’s teachings, to fight moral or ideological corruption (any corruption that conflicts with Sharia law). Based on this premise, Abdul-Nabi does not believe in the legitimacy of western democracy. He said that elections and democracy in his country are “corruptive.” Commenting on the upcoming presidential elections in Yemen, scheduled for September 2006, he told Asharq Al-Awsat that they are “against the law of Almighty God, and they cause confusion, chaos, and dispute.”

There have recently been reports that the Yemeni Political Security apparatus (the Intelligence) arrested in Abyan a number of the Aden-Abyan Army members, as well as members of other groups who agree on the principle of “jihad.” They were interrogated in the presence of US investigators about their preparations for travel to Iraq to engage in “jihad” against the foreign forces. In his first interview about this issue, Khalid Abdul-Nabi confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat the accuracy of these reports, which were also confirmed by an independent source close to the government. The source stated that what took place were the “mistakes of the security services,” because the arrest was made on suspicion of intending to travel to Iraq. This, he noted, might increase the number of fundamentalists.

Sheikh Abdul-Nabi believes that the issue of jihad in Iraq is purely based on the Sharia, because a religious truth does not require a fatwas (religious edict). As long as Muslim land is invaded, the blood of Muslims shed, and their money stolen, it becomes every Muslim’s duty to support their Muslim brothers in any part of the world, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Chechnya.” At the same time, he urged those whom he called the Al-Sunna wal-Jama’ah scholars to issue fatwas about current issues, including jihad in Iraq and to explain the matter.

On training young fighters to travel to Iraq, Abdul-Nabi said, “we have not organized these such activities.” He added, “most of the youth arrested by the state were arrested against the backdrop of reports drafted by people who held felt resentment against these youths.” He said, “Even if people got to Iraq, no one can tell them that God would not accept. Whoever wants to go to Iraq already has a justification.” He added, “These matters do not require discussion or fatwas. These are individual duties. There is the rule that no permission is needed to perform individual duties. Would you ask the permission of your father or mother to perform prayers? This duty was ordained by God; whoever wants to obey the order and support his brothers will be rewarded (by God), even if imprisoned, he would still be rewarded.”

Abdul-Nabi denied the presence of training camps for Islamic fighters in the southern Yemeni governorate of Abyan. He said that such camps were sometimes set up in the areas of Hattat and Al-Maraqishah, the former of which was famous for bloody military confrontations between the Yemeni Special Forces and militants from the Aden-Abyan Army three years ago. He accused media persons in the Yemeni Socialist Party of exaggerating the matter, saying “there are fabrications, such as that camps were set up, training was carried out, and even that the state is protecting and supporting them.”

On their current situation after the arrest of some jihadists, Abdul-Nabi affirmed that their relationship with the state is stable and that there is no friction or any problems. He added, “We are disciplined and quiet. Our lives are normal. When there are some problems, certain sides use them to create problems.” He stressed that they are still complying with the agreement signed with the government through the ideological dialogue with Al-Qaeda members and those who returned from Afghanistan. The dialogue is supervised by Judge Humud al-Hattar, Chairman of the Committee for Ideological Dialogue.

Discussions have increased lately inside and outside Yemen about government support for jihadist groups, including the Aden-Abyan Army. It is believed that these have groups been receiving support since their participation in the fight against the Yemeni Socialist Party alongside the government forces in the civil war of 1994. Major General Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, who has military and family ties with President Ali Abdullah Salih, was mentioned as one of the supporters. Major Gen. Muhsin al-Ahmar is the commander of the First Armored Division and is considered a strong military figures in the country. Some consider him the second man of the regime, and there have been rumors that he is working to absorb and train some jihadist group members and grant them military ranks. An unexpected visit by US Charge d’affaires Nabil Khuri to the camp of the division led by Major Gen. Al-Ahmar raised many questions about this issue. Abdul-Nabi, however, denied having any link to or being supported by Major General Al-Ahmar.

Asharq Al-Awsat tried to obtain statements from Major Gen. Al-Ahmar, however, refused. Sources close to him confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that some jihadists have been integrated into the Armed Forces and have been given military ranks and salaries. This was part of a comprehensive effort by the government, not an individual effort by Al-Ahmar, to contain the mujahideen and so they would abandon their ideology and give up their extremist acts.

Dr Abdallah al-Faqih, professor of political science at the University of Sanaa and a well-known writer, believes that the Yemeni Government is dealing with the jihadist groups in two ways. On the US and western position towards the presence of jihadist groups in Yemen, he told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Americans show an understanding of the way the Yemeni regime is dealing with these groups, which is based on dialogue, containment, and the close surveillance of their activities. On another level, the Americans, and the west in general, are extremely concerned that the current regime may not be able to implement its strategy, and that these groups may therefore become uncontrollable.

He added, “From the perspective of the Americans, what is important is to neutralize the ability of these groups to carry out acts which could harm the US and western interests. If the regime manages to neutralize these groups through dialogue or by arranging their conditions in the security and military institutions, where they can be put under constant watch, then that is what is needed.” On western concerns over the way the Yemeni regime is dealing with these groups, Al-Faqih said that there are a set of reasons for that: First, there is a state of mutual distrust between the US Administration and the Yemeni regime, which was caused by some incidents, such as the discovery of Yemeni fighters in Iraq or the discovery of rifles belonging to the Yemeni Army, which were used in the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Jeddah. The Americans are afraid that all President Salih is doing is trying to maintain the security of his regime without giving sufficient attention to the price America, or the west in general, could pay. The Americans are also afraid that the regime in Yemen may be covering up the activities carried out by those groups — activities which would make these groups more capable of harming the west in the future. There is also the concern that the Yemeni regime’s ability to control these groups is weak and ineffective.”

On his part, judge Humud al-Hattar defends the strategy of integrating Islamists and defends those who were released from prisons in the wake of the dialogue held with the committee. He said that all those released repented their extremist ideas and are still committed to the results of the dialogue. On the threat these groups pose to the regime and Yemeni society, Al-Hattar said that Yemen managed, to a large extent, to overcome the problem, but it believes that the problem should be contained through many ways. The chief method is “dialogue, the effective cure in this case, which aims (to persuade these groups) to change their convictions and behavior voluntarily, because violence breeds violence and an ideology can be faced with a counter-ideology.”

Al-Hattar denied rumors that the state used some jihadist elements to confront opposition parties and activists, because “the Yemeni state, as long as it is based on democracy and political pluralism, does not need these youths to settle its scores with others.” He stressed that the dialogue the state is holding with those who returned from Afghanistan and other followers of the extremist jihadist ideology aims to “eradicate the ideological roots of extremism and terrorism.”

Over the past few years, Yemen sought to improve its security and military performance in order to fight terrorism, and it received great international support. The international community, particularly the United States, helped the Yemeni Government to establish a coastguard force. Forces on the border were supplied by Washington with weapons, not to mention the US supervision in running the affairs of the coastguard force. In addition to the political security apparatus, a new Intelligence body, the National Security (apparatus), was established. A special department for combating terrorism was founded in the Public Criminal Investigation (Directorate), as well as courts specializing in state security and terrorism. These courts are trying and have tried scores of people.

Although the war on terrorism targeted many prominent Islamic religious leaders in Yemen, Khalid Abdul-Nabi was fortunate, as he did not spend much time in the Intelligence prisons. He left the prison and returned to his area, Ja’ar, in the Abyan Governorate in eastern Aden. Asharq Al-Awsat had interviewed him here previously, inside the Hamzah Bin-Abdul-Muttalib Mosque, which was under the control of his group since they established it after the 1994 civil war. The mosque was built on the grounds where a cinema used to stand and was demolished for this purpose.

Over the past decades, and even during the civil war, Ja’ar, like other cities in southern Yemen, was an open city, which disregarded tribalism and its rigorous conventions, and in which women enjoyed many rights. A visitor to this city and other cities and villages in southern Yemen these days would find that the situation has changed. There are new streets with names that never existed before. The streets no longer carry the names of the martyrs of the Yemeni revolution against British colonialism or the national holidays, but rather the names of other martyrs.

Groups such as the Aden Army have begun to be active in commanding good and forbidding evil and moral corruption, as Abdul-Nabi told Asharq Al-Awsat. Citizens have asserted the presence of groups, which harass citizens whom they believe to be sinners. These days you can see that all women in the streets and schoolgirls, even young girls, wear the veil. A visitor to Ja’ar would also notice bearded boys with long hair wearing short robes, which they believe conform to the teachings of the Prophet, as well as the wearing Afghan garments with kaffiyehs.

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Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Donors, UN, USS Cole, Yemen, arrests, attacks — by Jane Novak at 3:51 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2005

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