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US drone target tied to Yemen’s military leader

Filed under: Air strike, Military, embassy, mil restrucuturing, obits, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012

US drone strike 11/6 in Sanhan, another mediator killed, tied to 2008 US embassy attack

SANAA: A drone strike near the Yemeni capital killed three suspected Al-Qaeda members including a militant wanted for a deadly attack on the US embassy in Sanaa, security officials said on Thursday. They said the drone strike, believed to have been carried out by the United States, targeted a car near the village of Beit al-Ahmar in the Sanhan region, 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Sanaa. Among the dead was Adnan al-Qadhi, a former jihadist fighter in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda member wanted for a 2008 car bomb attack on the US embassy that killed six Yemeni soldiers and four civilians.

After a decade of willful ignorance, the US starts tying AQ attacks to the former regime, probably in search of evidence for sanctions:

Yemen Fox: Mareb Press cited diplomat sources as saying that the US Embassy in Sana’a exerts efforts in collecting and documenting many terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda and in which former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was found involved, most important the bombing the US Embassy in Sana’a in 2008. The sources said that the Americans have evidences that some with close links to Saleh’s family are involved in that operation, as US investigations showed that cars used in the terrorist attack were purchased by people close to Saleh’s family, specifically from Sanhan.

Better summary of the relationship

Nasser Arrabyee: The drone- killed Al Qadi was general in Yemeni army

By Nasser Arrabyee,07/11/2012

Adnan Al Qadi, Al Qaeda operative killed by US drone Wednesday, was a lieutenant colonel in the Yemeni army before he joined Al Qaeda, said sources Thursday.

Adnan Al Qadi was working as a commander of brigade in Al Makha under the leadership of Saleh Al Dani, a retired general who is now working with the defected general Ali Muhsen. All of them are from one village called Sanahan, the same village of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Adnan Al Qadi and Aref Al Qadi, were arrested after the bombing of the US embassy in Sanaa late 2008 for being involved. Aref is a nephew of brigadier Abdullah Al Qadi, retired general from Sanhan. Both of them were released secretly because of influence of their fathers and sympathy of general Muhsen.

Recently, Aref Al Qadi, raised the flag of Al Qaeda over his house in village of Bait Al Ahmar, the village of all conflicting guys, according to local sources.

The slain Adnan Al Qadi was one of the mediators between the Yemeni government and slain Sheikh Tarik Al Dhahab, Al Qaeda leader in Radaa last year according to Al Qaeda specialist journalist, Abdul Razak Al Jamal who met Al Qadi and most of the Al Qaeda leaders..On Wednesday November 6th, 2012, a US drone hit a car in the area of Al Nasrin in Sanahan, 30km south east of the capital Sanaa, killing Adnan Al Qadi and two others identified as Rabee Laheb, and Redwan Al Hashidi. Some sources said that the latter two were only injured..

Related: “‏@adammbaron abdulrazak jamal interviewed Adnan alQadhi, target of sanhan drone strike, before his death.” Had the black flag on his roof and door?

US Embassy staff bombed on pizza run in Yemen, no injuries, Updated: CIA agents

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: Internal, USA, embassy — by Jane Novak at 11:11 am on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Its such a dangerous post. Update: M&C, the embassy issued another warning to US citizens in Yemen to be vigilant. Update 2: Again AQAP has an inside track. A U.S. official confirms the four Americans who narrowly escaped a attack on their vehicle in Yemen’s capital worked for the CIA…The official said there was “no indication that the perpetrators knew specifically who they were targeting.” Its important to recall that two UK convoys and one ferrying South Korean officials were previously targeted.

People’s Daily: According to the Yemeni Interior Ministry, the arrested Arab resident (ed-Jordanian according to other reports), identified as 40-year-old M. M. Alia, served as a car mechanic. He allegedly carried out the attack outside a Beirut restaurant in Hadda street in Sanaa frequented by Westerners late Wednesday.

According to reports coming out of Yemen, there was an attack last night on U.S. Embassy personnel at a restaurant frequented by foreign nationals.

There are no reports of injuries, but the vehicle they were travelling in was damaged. The police have captured a 28-year-old Jordanian suspected of being a member of Al Qaeda. (Read on …)

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.

Shots Near US Embassy in Yemen

Filed under: Security Forces, USA, embassy, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 10:27 am on Monday, January 26, 2009

Update: now its three people tried to pass the embassy checkpoint and no shots fired at the embassy. The police fired in the air to stop the car from fleeing.

Update 2: US version, Yemeni security forces “exchanged gunfire with an unknown group of individuals in the vicinity of the U.S. embassy,” State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said in Washington.

“The exact circumstances and motivations behind this incident are unclear, and an investigation is ongoing,” he said, adding that no U.S. personnel were harmed and the embassy was not damaged.

Update 3: Three arrested. OK so let review, they send an email and also call to say there will be an attack. Yemeni security sets up an extra parimeter. Three guys drive up and try to get past the check point. The Yemeni guards shoot in the air and the three surrender with no injuries to anyone. gee…

Original Post:

AP reports that the US embassy received a threat of an attack today, by both phone and email. Several hours later, a gunman shoots at a police checkpoint. The car fled. Does that make sense? Since when does al Qaeda email notice of an impending assualt?

SAN’A, Yemen – Gunmen in a car fired on a police checkpoint near the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital on Monday, an Interior Ministry official said, hours after the embassy received threats of a possible attack.
Police returned fire at two gunmen in the car, which fled the scene, the official said. It was unclear if anyone was injured. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to speak to the press. He said three men in the area were detained.

An attack on the embassy in September involving gunmen and explosives-packed vehicles killed 17 people, including six militants. Al-Qaida later claimed responsibility for that attack…Earlier, a Yemeni security official said the U.S. Embassy received a telephone call and an e-mail early Monday saying the U.S. and Russian embassies would be targeted by al-Qaida within a few hours.

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.

Zawahiri Pledges New Fighters to Yemen’s Sa’ada War

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Iran, Janes Articles, Military, Saada War, embassy — by Jane Novak at 7:21 pm on Sunday, January 18, 2009

The US Treasury Department placed financial sanctions on Saad bin Laden, thought to be in Pakistan, and three alleged al Qaeda operatives in Iran including a Yemeni. The terrorist designation Friday froze their assets within US jurisdictions and prohibits Americans from financial dealings with the four.

Saad bin Laden, son of radical figurehead Osama bin Laden, facilitated communications between al Qaeda’s number two, Ayman Zawahiri, and the Iranian Qods Force after an al Qaeda attack on the US embassy in Sana’a last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Zawahiri contacted the Qods Force after his agreement to supply more fighters to Yemen to battle Shiite rebels, a US military source was quoted as saying. Zawahiri spoke to Qods Force commander Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani, the senior US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal, confirming the account in The Wall Street Journal.

“Zawahiri was concerned that the al Qaeda-manned militia fighting on the side of the government against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels might threaten Iran’s interests in Yemen,” the official said.

The Yemeni government incorporated thousands of extremists and tribesmen into its military ranks to battle the Houthi rebels in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province. The editor of Al-Share newspaper and two journalists are on trial in the State Security and Terrorism Court for publishing reports of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army’s role training tribal militias for the government. The journalists are charged with “threatening national security, demoralizing the military and divulging state secrets.”

After the US Embassy bombing in September that killed 16 including an American, “(Yemeni President) Saleh feared his government would be the next target, but Zawahiri wanted al Qaeda prisoners released from Yemeni jails and committed al Qaeda foot soldiers to fight the Houthi rebels,” the senior US military official said.

Zawahiri was concerned about relations between al Qaeda and Iran, “so he took great care by reaching out to the Iranians” after committing more fighters to the Yemeni government.

Sana’a has struck numerous bargains with al Qaeda leadership and operatives. The 9/11 Commission reported the Tawfiq bin Attash was released from Yemeni custody in 1999 after Osama bin Laden contacted Yemeni authorities. Bin Attash later went on to have a role in the USS Cole bombing and train some of the 9/11 highjackers. In 2007, Yemen’s Foreign Minister defended the early release of al Qaeda operatives convicted in the USS Cole bombing as “normal” saying, “Everybody makes deals with anybody who cooperates, not just in Yemen, but in the United States.”

Among those in Iran the US Treasury Department designated as terrorists last week is Yemeni Ali Saleh Husain. A senior al Qaeda operative close to Osama bin Laden, Husain goes by the alias Abu Dhahak al Yemeni. He reportedly is the intermediary between al Qaeda and its affiliates Fatah al Islam in Lebanon and Jund al Islam in Gaza.

Saad bin Laden fled to Iran after September 11, 2001. He may no longer be in Iran as of September 2008, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

The Telegraph reported in November that an intercepted letter signed by Zawahiri thanked Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for “monetary and infrastructure assistance” after the deadly attack on the US embassy and commended their “vision” in helping al Qaeda establish new bases in Yemen after the group faced increasing pressure in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Although tensions rose at the peak of the Sa’ada War, Yemen and Iran have good relations overall, as does Yemen and Syria. The Houthi rebellion was triggered by localized grievances. In a November report, Invisible Civilians, Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged that Yemen contravened international humanitarian law during the war and “severely restricted humanitarian access to tens of thousands of civilians in need”. An estimated 70,000 Zaidi civilians who fled the bombing and fighting remain out of the reach of international aid groups. HRW also found that hundreds of Hashimites were arbitrarily arrested. Imprisoned clerics were often replaced by fundamentalist preachers at mosques throughout Yemen.

Embassy Attackers Former Gitmo Detainees? or Iraq Returnees?

Filed under: Yemen, embassy, gitmo — by Jane Novak at 11:44 pm on Sunday, November 30, 2008

Update: Tacky, they corrected it without noting the correction: Three of the seven men involved in an attack against the US embassy in Yemen in September were graduates of the Yemeni rehabilitation programme.

But at least we know the story is what we thought it was.

Original Post:
What? BBC sez: Three of the seven men involved in an attack against the US embassy in Yemen in September were former Guantanamo detainees who had gone through the Yemeni rehabilitation programme.

That’s the first I heard of that, there were 13 returned from Gitmo prior to Hamden. Three of the embassy attackers were returnees from Iraq. I haven’t read anything about the embassy attackers having been repatriated from Gitmo. I’m so not in the mood to start matching up names. This is a clerical error, yes?

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

1 hour ago

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.

Zawaheri Thanks Iran for Help in Yemen Terror Attacks

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Iran, Religious, TI: External, embassy — by Jane Novak at 11:55 pm on Sunday, November 23, 2008

The US intercepted this letter? Why isn’t it in a US paper? If Iran is funding and facilitiating AQ in Yemen, then things are a bit more crowded on the Yemen playground than I thought or in a different way anyway. Kinda an odd story yes?

Telegraph: Iran receives al Qaeda praise for role in terrorist attacks.

Fresh links between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and al-Qaeda have been uncovered following interception of a letter from the terrorist leadership that hails Tehran’s support for a recent attack on the American embassy in Yemen, which killed 16 people.

Delivery of the letter exposed the rising role of Saad bin Laden, son of the al-Qaeda leader, Osama as an intermediary between the organisation and Iran. Saad bin Laden has been living in Iran since the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, apparently under house arrest.

The letter, which was signed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s second in command, was written after the American embassy in Yemen was attacked by simultaneous suicide car bombs in September.

Western security officials said the missive thanked the leadership of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for providing assistance to al-Qaeda to set up its terrorist network in Yemen, which has suffered ten al-Qaeda-related terror attacks in the past year, including two bomb attacks against the American embassy. (Read on …)

YEMEN: Website blocked, blogger harassed

Filed under: Media, Security Forces, Yemen, embassy — by Jane Novak at 8:22 am on Thursday, November 20, 2008

Oh my, implying security officials had something to do with the embassy attack, tsk tsk.

YEMEN: Website blocked, blogger harassed

CAIRO, November 19, 2008 (ANHRI/IFEX) – The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information has strongly condemned the harassment and threats against engineer Nashwan Abdu Ali Ghanim, whose blog on Katib website is now blocked in Yemen by the state security. The threats and harassment are based on his articles about the consequences of a terrorist operation targeting the U.S. embassy in Yemen, in which he accused certain political and military leaders of being involved in the attacks.

ANHRI denounces the harassment, which violates international laws and conventions, as well as Yemen’s own constitution. ANHRI considers this action a breach of democratic principles, which the regime in Yemen claims to protect, and calls on Yemeni authorities to end the threats against Ghanim and guarantee his safety. The group also demands the immediate withdrawal of troops surrounding Ghanim’s house, the investigation of his case and the immediate unblocking of his blog.

ANHRI reminds the Yemeni authorities of their obligations towards international conventions following their participation in a 2006 donor conference for states adopting democracy. In particular, ANHRI reminds the authorities to respect Article 19 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and of the International Convention for Civil and Political Rights, which deals with freedom of expression.

In the same context, ANHRI calls on human rights organizations at the local, regional and international level, as well as donor institutions, to support Ghanim and pressure the Yemeni authorities to guarantee his physical integrity and end persecutions against expression and opinion activists.

Al-Qaeda Statement Translation: Embassy Attack Planning Began after Communique from UBL

Filed under: TI: External, Yemen, embassy, personalities — by Jane Novak at 12:21 pm on Sunday, November 16, 2008

I am oddly uninterested in issues five and six of the Echo of Epics magazine and their description of breaching the embassy’s outer perimeter, and before that I was less than fascinated by the forum postings, phone calls, emails, letter bombs, youtube videos, faxes to AFP (heh), and audio recordings among the myriad of prior Yemeni al-Qaeda communications. But this one makes some sense, especially when you factor in the whole thing with al-Qamish, head of the PSO. (But if its from Abu Jindal, and not Abu al-Feida, then maybe its just more yayayayaya.) However I’m off on my own in my view of the configuration of the local, regional and central al-Qaeda network, and there is a substantial compendium of opposing views. There was only one analysis previously, in Newsweek, that advanced the theory that UBL would have had to sign off on the embassy attack, and it was met with some astoundment, but it made sense to me considering the strong historical relationship in Yemen that is missing in Iraq and Thailand and India and so forth. The following is a google translation of the al-Quds al-Arabya article:

Sanaa ‘Arab Jerusalem’ (Al-Quds al-Arybia) from Khalid Al Hammadi: A source close to the leadership of a local organization in Yemen to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, his followers implement the largest military operation against the United States far exceed the 11 September (September), aspire to change In the world politically and economically.

He said of the ‘Arab Jerusalem’ that this process will be large in response to Washington’s rejection of the truce by al Qaeda for Western countries led by the United States, and that ‘this process will be implemented in the near future’ and make the September 11 (September) a thing of the past.

The ‘Implementation of this process a matter of time, and the implementation of regulatory orders have been issued by the organization’s leader, Sheikh Osama bin Laden, the timing of implementation remains subject to the completion of the process well prepared and opportunities’.

The ‘Al-Qaeda is currently the best stages, where he became the most powerful level since its inception in number and equipment and training in many countries around the world and it has become systematic and widespread and not confined to elective’.

He cited an example that al Qaeda was currently governing most areas of Somalia, and that the Taliban control most of the territory of Afghanistan, while many of the tribal chieftains in the provinces of Marib and Jawf, Saada and Shabwa in Yemen Bayaoa formal leadership of a local organization in their country, they engaged in the organization out of Ideological and not tribal as in the past.

He pointed out that the al Qaeda-time during the past year pursuit by the security services of Western and Arab training and polarization and horizontal expansion, and the global war on terrorism served the organization unless they serve each other factors, where ‘organization benefited from the mistakes committed by Washington and Arab regimes partners In the war against terrorism to attract all those affected by the global war who were not linked to any organization in advance ‘.

A source who asked not be named for security reasons, a leader of a former al-Qaida and still continues to this day with some of its leadership and Osama bin Laden sent a letter six months ago to all Al-Qaeda cells in the Arab world of refusing to negotiate with the political system, not Feasibility of, the content of ‘Leave it to negotiate with evil regimes’. It was reported that the letter arrived to the leadership of a local organization in Yemen against the backdrop of the Yemeni attempt to open channels of dialogue with al-Qaeda to convince them to cease terrorist operations in Yemen against both Western interests or interests Yemeni-for settlement of their status and their integration into society.

He pointed out that ‘upon the receipt of the letter began the organizational leadership of al Qaeda in Yemen of plotting quality of its operations in Yemen, the first of the latest operations against the U.S. embassy in Sanaa in September (September), after a break of several years’.

He emphasized that the process of planning and directing carried out by the Emir of al-Qaeda in Yemen Nasser Louhichi (Waheshi), one of the most prominent of the 23 escapees from the prison of the Central Agency for Political Security (Intelligence) in Sanaa.

He pointed out that al-Qaeda in Yemen over the past years time to arrange its internal affairs and attracting influential figures in society, particularly those personalities otherwise sharply with the political system, most notably the tribal leaders in the provinces of Marib and Jawf, Saada and Shabwa.

The operations carried out during the past two years against Western interests in Yemen and the government has not implemented al-Qaeda, but al Qaeda in the Peninsula, which now leads the Alqaaiti Hamza, was killed in a confrontation with police a few months ago in the Hadramawt.
He expected to see the Yemeni arena in the coming period of the quality of the base, which Yemeni authorities are trying to mitigate the doubling of its security

AQY Statement on Embassy Bombing

Filed under: embassy, personalities — by Jane Novak at 12:00 pm on Sunday, November 16, 2008

This kind of matches the statement phoned in to al-Wasat about Sheikh Latif.

So far they are supposed to be a) some gradutes from Judge al-Hittar’s program, b) three returnees from Iraq and c) from Hodeidah, or according to official statements d) from Hadramout and Marib.


DUBAI (AFP) — An Al-Qaeda group says seven of its fighters were killed when they attacked the US mission in Yemen in September and also claims an embassy official died in the strike, a US monitoring service reported on Friday.

The Yemen interior ministry had said six Yemeni soldiers, six civilians and six attackers, including one wearing an explosives belt, were killed in the September 17 attack on the highly-fortified US embassy in Sanaa.

The SITE Intelligence Group said an Al-Qaeda in Yemen branch had in an internet posting named the seven “martyrs” and had given a vivid description of how they had had breached the razor-tight security of the embassy in two vehicles.

It said the group comprised scholar and fighter Lutf Muhammad Abu Abdul-Rahman and six of his students.

The group, Al-Qaeda in the South of the Arabian Peninsula, threatened further attacks to deliver a “taste of horrors.”

“So, tighten your guard, increase your security measures for embassies and all dens of the Crusaders,” the group warned.

It also claimed that a US administrative official had died in the clash but that his death was later reported as having been due to a car accident, SITE said in a release.

The US Embassy in Yemen posted a statement on its website saying administrative officer Jeffrey Patneau “died on October 4, 2008 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Sanaa … (on) September 29, 2008.

“Recent claims to the contrary … regarding the circumstances of Mr. Patneau’s death are completely false,” it added without elaborating.

At the time of the embassy attack, US President George W. Bush said it was an attempt by extremists to drive the United States out of regions like the Middle East.

Yemen said some days after the incident it was holding six key suspects, including an Islamist militant, Abu Ghaith al-Yamani, who had claimed responsibility for the assault. It said some of those being had links to Al-Qaeda.

In recent months Yemen has seen a series of assaults on security services and oil installations claimed by groups linked to Al-Qaeda.

Experts have said that after being set back by the increased US military presence in Iraq, Islamists are focusing on Yemen as a new territory for their operations.

Al-Qaeda Statement: More Lies

Filed under: USA, embassy — by Jane Novak at 8:55 am on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SANA’A, NewsYemen

Al-Qaeda has unveiled new details about the U.S Embassy attack last September 17 and killing a security officer by a letter bomb in Mareb last October.

The proclamation of the so-called “al-Qaeda in south of the Arab Peninsula” said the attackers were seven, not six as Yemeni authorities have previously announced. It said “the brave attack was carried out by Lutf Mohammad bin Bahr (Abu AbdulRahman) and other six Jihadists who could penetrate the embassy and kill guards of crusaders.”

The proclamation, first posted on al-Qaeda’s website Sada al-Malahim, claimed responsibility for killing the security director in Mareb Mohammad bin Kalan by a letter bomb last October.

It said bin Kalan was killed for offering assistance to Americans to hunt al-Qaeda’s leader in Yemen, Abu Ali al-Harethi, who was killed by a U.S Predator missile strike in Mareb in 2002. It said Kalan also has directly cooperated with the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a in hunting Jihadists in Mareb and al-Jawf.

The proclamation said that a US administrative officer has been possibly killed in the latest attack.

In a statement on Tuesday, the US Embassy in Sana’a denied al-Qaeda claims and said that the administrative officer Jeffrey Patneau, who worked at the Embassy, died on October 4, 2008 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Sana’a on September 29, 2008.

“Recent claims to the contrary made in the international press regarding the circumstances of Mr. Patneau’s death are completely false,” said the statement.

Issue 5 and 6: Echo of Epics

Filed under: Yemen, embassy, personalities — by Jane Novak at 12:06 am on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

And the terrorist media flood (vids, emails, statements, the magazine and a letter bomb) coming out of Yemen continues with the publication of issue 5 and 6 of the Echo of Epics. More to follow:

Memri: Al-Qaeda in Yemen has issued an announcement with new details of the September 17 attack on the U.S. Embassy in San’a, in which six Yemeni soldiers, five civilians, and the terrorists who carried out the attack were killed.

According to the announcement, the terrorists entered embassy grounds in two vehicles equipped with improvised armor, following a gun battle with guards. During the operation, a squad member phoned the organization’s communications unit to announce the success of the attack, even though the embassy was unharmed.

In another announcement, posted on the organization’s website, the organization took responsibility for the October 20 assassination of a Yemenite security agent whom it said collaborated with the U.S. against Al-Qaeda.

Source: Al-Hayat, London, November 10, 2008

They have their own website? I thought they posted to to the forums.

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.

Hodeidah Cell, Recisivists, Embassy Bombers?

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen, embassy — by Jane Novak at 7:58 am on Monday, October 27, 2008

SANA’A, NewsYemen

The Yemeni security forces are hunting suspects in Hodeidah believed to be involved in a terrorist attack on U.S. Embassy in Sana’a last September.

Informed sources said the terrorist cell that carried out attack on the US embassy has links to al-Qaeda in neighboring Saudi Arabia and most suspects are from Hodeidah. This information does not go in line with previous official reports that most of attackers are from Hadramout.

Some members of the Hodeidah cell are among those released after promising to give up Jihadist ideas, said the source.

News Yemen

Embassy Bomber Mahmoud Saeed

Filed under: Security Forces, embassy, personalities — by Jane Novak at 7:52 am on Monday, October 27, 2008

Empty Quarter

An al Qaeda source told al Wasat by telephone that the assassination of Mohammad Rabeysh Kalan was in retaliantion for the killing of four AQ operatives last year – Ali Doha, Abdul Aziz Jaradat, Naji Jaradat, and Amer Jaridat. The source said that the assassination came as was promised to the family of the martyrs…

The al Qaeda source also gave up the name of the US embassy bomber, “Mahmoud Saad,” but refused to give more details. The article reaffirms that the al Qaeda cell which attacked the embassy was actually from Hodeidah, and includes the prominent jihadist”Sheikh Latif.”

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

Qasim Al-Reimi Killed?

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen, embassy — by Jane Novak at 11:58 am on Monday, October 6, 2008


SANA’A, Oct. 5 — The initial findings of an investigation into the attack on the American embassy in Sana’a last month have indicated that two Al-Qaeda members were among the six attackers killed during the incident, and that one of them was Qasem Al-Raimi who had escaped from political prison in Sana’a in 2006, according to information received by the Yemen Times.

The findings, not confirmed by an official source, maintained that Qasem Al-Raimi, a wanted member of the Al-Qaeda shura council in Yemen, was among the armed group that targeted the American embassy with two cars including a car bomb, killing seven security men and five civilians including a Yemeni girl holding the American citizenship last month.

Al-Raimi, 30, is considered to be the last among three Al-Qaeda affiliates on a list of the 23 men who escaped from political prison in February 2006. The other two are Nasser Al-Wahshi, 31, commander of the Al-Qaeda in Yemen, and Ibrahim Huaidi, 25.

The other 20 men on the list have reportedly either surrendered themselves to government authorities or been killed by Yemeni security apparatuses.

Abdul Elah Haidar, a writer who specializes in affairs of terrorism, considered this information about the identity of the attackers to be incorrect as the attackers were “new personalities who the FBI was not able to identify”. He added, “If there had been any Al-Qaeda leaders among the attackers, it would have been announced earlier.” (Read on …)

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.

Iraq Returnees?

Filed under: Yemen, embassy — by Jane Novak at 5:59 am on Thursday, September 18, 2008

I dont think so personally but its early. Somalia is an interesting thought. And not necessarily someone released from jail recently. These things do take a bit of time. The article makes the point that its the largest attack on a US facility since 9/11.

Deadly Training Ground
Are Al Qaeda fighters returning home from Iraq to launch new attacks against U.S. targets?

Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
Published Sep 17, 2008 | Updated: 6:32 p.m. ET Sep 17, 2008
The car bombing outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, which killed 16 people Wednesday, is the deadliest single terrorist attack on a U.S. government facility since September 11—and, say U.S. counter-terrorism officials, it is a powerful reminder that Al Qaeda and its allies remain a lethal force on the Arabian Peninsula.

No Americans were hurt in the early morning attack in which militants—armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades—sought to penetrate the heavily fortified compound that surrounds the U.S. Embassy in Sana. But a subsequent gun battle with Yemeni security forces and an explosion set off minutes later by suicide bombers, killed more people than any terror attack aimed at a U.S. government or military installation outside Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, U.S. officials said.

“The answer is yes. This is the largest attack against a U.S. facility since 9/11,” a U.S. counter-terrorism official (who asked not to identified by name) e-mailed NEWSWEEK in response to questions. That grim milestone could undercut claims of overall success in the war on terror. Indeed, Yemen—as much as Pakistan and Afghanistan—remains a country where U.S. counter-terrorism efforts have been hampered by repeated setbacks. (Read on …)

Explosive Belts are New

Filed under: Security Forces, Yemen, embassy — by Jane Novak at 5:40 am on Thursday, September 18, 2008

Al-Motamar – Deputy Premier for Defence and Security Affairs Dr Rashad al-Alimi affirmed Thursday that the terrorist operation that attempted the attack on the American embassy in Sana’a comes as reaction to and retaliatory operations especially after the blows received by the terrorist elements at the hands of the security apparatuses.

Al-Alimi said were it not for the wakefulness of security men, their bravery and ability to end up the terrorists and blasting their car bombs a disaster could have happened. He pointed out that most of the attacking terrorists were carrying explosive belts and they used large quantities of gas cylinders to create a huge explosive and destructive power.
The terrorist attack on the American embassy in Yemen led to the death of 6 security men in addition to three wounded. according to 26 September newspaper in its Thursday issue it said among the civilian people killed in the incident were a Yemeni man and a woman , an Iraqi man and an Indian woman.

NYT: The official also said that an initial review of security videotapes taken outside the embassy indicated that as many as three of the attackers were wearing suicide vests, another hallmark of Al Qaeda. Two attackers detonated or partially detonated their vests; a third attacker was shot by Yemeni security forces before he could blow himself up.

Newsweek on the Embassy Attack

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, embassy — by Jane Novak at 11:16 am on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Deadly Training Ground
Are Al Qaeda fighters returning home from Iraq to launch new attacks against U.S. targets?

Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
Published Sep 17, 2008 | Updated: 6:32 p.m. ET Sep 17, 2008
The car bombing outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, which killed 16 people Wednesday, is the deadliest single terrorist attack on a U.S. government facility since September 11—and, say U.S. counter-terrorism officials, it is a powerful reminder that Al Qaeda and its allies remain a lethal force on the Arabian Peninsula. (Read on …)

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