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Houthis dish on Al Qaeda in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Islamic Imirate, Security Forces, al-Bayda, banking, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 10:50 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

finally after 10 years


AQAP leaders “are well aware they are the next target” for Houthis in Yemen AQAP recently bought so many guns, the prices rose. (Specific purchases arms and autos listed.)

AQAP receives funding via deposits in Qater Islamic Bank transfered to local branches, Saudi Arabia & cash carried in diplomatic pouches, small amounts are laundered by young people so it is indistinguishable from normal remittances.

AQAP’s Nabil al Dahab & Abu Khaled are training 163 foreign explosives experts in Yemen (Specific AQAP locations listed.)

(Read on …)

“Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout, Yemen”

Filed under: Hadramout, Military, Security Forces, mil restrucuturing, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:23 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014

Update: This article (which I did not write) is reprinted from the Hadramout Tribal Coalition website and can be found at

The following article asserts that significant parts of the Yemeni military in Hadramout simultaneously operate as an organized crime syndicate and an incubator for al Qaeda. The configuration is not unusual in Yemen where military fiefdoms spawn local tyrants, loyal jihaddis and unchecked smuggling networks. While some vital security sector reforms have been instituted, like biometric identity cards, dislodging these nodes of criminality is essential to integrating the entire military within an overt command and control structure focused on the security of Yemeni citizens.

Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout

Hadramout has not experienced any kind of smuggling such as drug trafficking, arms smuggling and human trafficking in its history like it has now. Unfortunately, Hadramout became unable to maintain its well known a safe and a security place and great values anymore, and it became the home of all kinds of smugglings. Due to Hadramout’s position and to its wide borders, it was and still used to be the station of smuggling into neighboring countries. With time expansion, another task was added to Hadramout which is converting it into an incubator for armed groups (Al-Qaeda) to serve the main purpose of the Big Mafia in the Republic of Yemen (RoY).

The beginning of this story goes back to the 1994 war and the arrival of the armed groups of Mujahedeen to Hadramout coast, who took part against the war on communism (Southern Forces). This decision was taken by the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, his brother from a different father, through recruiting those Mujahedeen and they were officially numbered and turn them into a brigade called Brigade 27 Mika ( Mika means Mechanical). Staff Gen. of this brigade since its start is Abdulaziz Makaleh Al Zindani(عبدالعزيز المقالح الزنداني ), one of Al-Qaeda militants and a cousin of Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani(عبد المجيد الزنداني). With the establishment of this brigade, smuggling and terrorism were strongly started. Its network was strongly developed since then, and is threaded from the coast of Hadramout all the way to the neighboring countries, and even inside some of neighboring territory.

The Brigade 27 Mika site is not in one place, but it spreads gradually from the coast and all the way to the neighboring countries to secure the borders for mainly smuggling and terrorism!! The Brigade 27 Mika consists of five battalions, and they are located in strategic positions with functions as follows:

1- Coast Guard Battalion: It is the one that insures all landings of contraband materials from outside RoY, and it secures all the smuggling of fuel and crude oil from Hadramout by ships to the international black market.

2- Battalion 4: a battalion stationed in the Al Dabah area(الضبه), the official crude oil export port. This battalion led by Mujahid Alkotaiba (مجاهد القطيبي) and it is the smuggling and terrorism operation room. It coordinates with local smugglers, some Local Fish Associations, and international smugglers; and it also protect trafficking along the pipeline into the valley.

3- Oil Companies Protection Battalion: This battalion has 2 tasks: the first one is to protect the collection of illegal dues from the oil companies which is amounted about a quarter of a billion dollars a year; and this amount goes directly to the Oil Mafia as cost of protection, as many press and government reports mentioned this many times, without being remitted to the state treasury. The second task is to secure the lines of smuggling in the middle of the valley and make sure they are not exposed to the obstacles. The person in charged of this battalion is Mohammad Qahm (محمد القحم) regardless of the change of the well know and the highly corrupted battalion commander in a year or so, i.e. Ahmed Al Tharab( ‏احمد الضراب).

4. TOTAL Protection Battalion: TOTAL contributes part of strengthening this network, intentionally or unintentionally, through forming alliance with the traditional power and Oil Mafia to protect them and thus protect the smuggling network.

5. Al Suwairi (السويري) Battalion: This battalion was initially created as a training camp for the Mujahedeen and for the returnees from Afghanistan which follows Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar commands directly. Later on, this Mujahedeen camp was turned into a Mujahedeen battalion which follows Brigade 27 Mika.

The elimination of the smuggling and terrorism threats to Hadramout and to neighboring countries starts with the removing of Brigade 27 Mika away from Hadramout and the dismissal of the battalion’s effective leaders of Brigade 27 and other effective members and Mujahedeen.

By Mohammed Al Haddar

Assassin arrested in Yemen

Filed under: Hadramout, assassination, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:17 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(Via Twitter) @BaFana3 Developing story in #Yemen : Man arrested for failed bid to kill judge in #Hadhramaut admits he killed 28 others. Who does he work for?


It was really an usual news to hear that a security guy in the Republic of Yemen RY shoot the assassin who was chasing him in the street of Sana’a on the 12th of March 2014; and the assassin was sent to the near by hospital to rescue him. On the same day, another assassin who was trying to kill a judge in the city of Sayoon, i.e. the biggest city in the Valley of Hadramout, was caught as well with others!! Wow very impressive!! Two days later 3 assassin’s were caught in Aden, i.e the capital of the former state in South before 1990.

Lets talk about each case with some details provided from news by public and officials!!

Sayoon Case:
Judge Adana Al Hamid survived miraculously an assassination attempt by Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, the assassin, but the other(s) 1 OR 2 with him was (or were) kept uncovered!!

later on, a “high authority” in Sana’a were insisting to transfer the assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, to Sana’a for investigation!! however, the security people in Sayoon refused it at once and insisted to carry the investigation in Hadramout which was welcomed by President Hadi. More news were coming day after day, the officials in Hadramout said they have very valuable information about a call the assassin received regarding the assassination attempt but the ID of the caller was uncovered. Moreover, the authorities in Hadramout mentioned that they arrested 3 who are related to assassination in Hadramout without mentioning names.

Just late last night, the assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, admitted that he fired 4 bullets and he hided the gun in Syaoon International Football field. In addition, 2 names came in the investigation one is called “Al Katheeri”!! and the 3rd is called ” Hassan B” but he is not captive!!

Aden Case:

The official news paper Al Jamhoriah mentioned that Judge Mohammed Ahmed Al Shagdari survived an assassination attempt on14th of March 2014 by a group of people while a Political Security PSO guy. i.e. Tariq Sharaf, was passing by the crime scene and exchanged fire with the group and he was killed while injured one attacker whose name is Marwan Mohammed Al Jokar. The other 2, who were arrested later on, are Redwan Ahmed Al Jokar and Sami Kasim ben Kasim. However, NO updates since the day of the indecent!!!!!

Sana’a Case:
On 12th of March 2014, around noon time, an assassin was chasing an officer from PSO but the officer managed to shoot and injure OR kill the assassin who was taken to the near by hospital. The scene was near Coffee Trader area next to Al Khaimah restaurant. No news about the name of the PSO officer or the assassin, and whether he was killed or injured. Everything was kept so uncovered since the indecent and NO updates about what so ever in the news!!!

It is worth mentioning that Mr. Ghalib Al Qamish was appointed as an ambassador after 33 years of being the head of PSO along with Mr. Abdual kader Kahtan, former minister of interior, on the 7th of March 2014.

Update: People in Hadramout are highly interacting with the arrested assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, case.

More news are leaked from the investigation room, and more names are discoverer day after day. While a “High Authority” in Sana’a is demanding to transfer him to Sana’a for “Full investigation”, people in Hadramout calling to keep him in Sayoon to uncover all details to the public and to the families of victims as they already know that if he is transferred to Sana’a he will be killed and the case will be closed. A similar case in Sana’a happened at the same day, i.e. 12th of March 2014, and NO news of it at all which makes the calls to investigate Fua’ad Ba Naseeb in Sana’a so fishy. Therefore, there is a big movement among the community in Hadramout to stop the “transfer” to Sana’a and proposals like forming human wall around the lockup place of Fua’ad Ba Naseeb are proposed.

Most, if not all, pro Islah news outlets are accusing Hirak of doing it and suggesting Fua’ad Ba Naseeb being part of Hirak. No one heard of him being of Hirak at all, and his political views are not met with Hirak. If he was with Hirak, then some of Fua’ad Ba Naseeb victims would pro Islah members in Hadramout!! instead, his victims were anti-Oil Mafia and anti-terrorism; while Islah members, Oil Mafia members and fanatics remain untouched for the past 3 years!!!!

Weapons, from same

The Military Police seized 2 trucks, one is of Mercedes brand and the other is of Dyna Toyota brand, full of weapons and explosives were heading to Shabwah!!

The 2 trucks were caught last Tuesday by a military check point and kept at Brigade 27 Mechanical for some days for negotiation which resulted into “royalty payment” of 4 million Yemeni Riyals.

The military check point told the Military Police which seized all of it after the release from Brigade 27 Mechanical. Some news say the loads were unloaded to the General Security Camp in Hadramout.

It has been said that these consignments belong to Mohammed Ali Mohsen (not the son of the famous Ali Mohsen) who is the Yemeni Military attache in Doha now, and he was Pro Ali Mohsen during 2011 against the ousted Saleh when he was the head of the Eastern Military Zone which was based in Hadramout!!! Some suggested that this action comes into escalation of violence game in Hadramout by big players.

It is worth mentioning that this news comes after an indecent of “Al Qaidah” seizing a big weapons consignment, approximatly 10 days ago, between Marib and Hadramout which was coming from Hadramout!! and the number of “Al Qaidah” who seized it were ONLY 2!! very brave ones wow.

You may need to refer to the links below for more details:

Whats old is new again.

The following from the new website, Hadramout Tribes Confederacy HTC, at The site, in addition to reporting Hadramout news and publishing official HTC press releases in Arabic, translates the press releases and news into English for distribution via email. Use their contact button to get on the English mailing list. Here is the press release from the HTC 3/13/14:

Proclamation No. 38
An extended meeting of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy was held this morning, Thursday the 13th of March 2014, which was attended by all tribal leaders and chiefs of Hadramout. This meeting was held in order to discuss and take a decision regarding the verdict to be issued by the Confederacy on the date set in accordance with the agreement concluded between the Confederacy’s leadership and the committee headed by Brother the Governor of Hadramout when part of the compensatory amends were delivered.

The atmosphere of the meeting was permeated by commitment and concern for the demands of the people of Hadramout in accordance with the Confederacy’s proclamations and the Presidential instructions issued by Brother, the President. During the meeting, extensive study was made of the new developments in Hadramout as manifested by the vicious attack on the people of Assay’ar tribe during yesterday and today and the large military reinforcements which arrived at Arrayyan airport yesterday and which are indicative of the intent of the influential forces and robbers of Hadramout resources for escalation and sabotage of the efforts aimed at the implementation of the demands of the people of Hadramout which were taken up and adopted by Hadramout tribes Confederacy. In this meeting, the following decisions were taken:

1. Deferment of the issue of the verdict by Hadramout Tribes Confederacy until the following conditions are met within ten days from today:
A. Completion of the delivery of the rest of the pledges ordered by Brother the President consisting of one milliard Yemeni riyals to the leader of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy and for which the minister for local administration was commissioned and in accordance with the conditions of the arbitrator that signed by the said minister and the instructions of Brother the President to the Prime Minister to commission Brother the Governor of Hadramout to implement what has been agreed upon with the said minister.
B. Cessation of the aggression against Assay’ar tribe and the immediate release of Lieutenant colonel Bin Rameedan and the rest of the detainees from Assay’ar tribe.
C. Putting a stop to the military reinforcements that have been pouring into Hadramout.
D. The return to their homes of the people of Abdullah Gharib village and Ash-Shihr city who were forced from their homes.
E. Removal of the Central security personnel at the Abdullah Gharib Checkpoint who were responsible for forcing the residents of the village from their homes and for provocations of the passers by the checkpoint and their replacement by security personnel from the people of Hadramout.
F. Immediate commencement of the implementation process of the Presidential instructions to the Prime Minister relative to the demands of the Confederacy in accordance with a timetable that would be a proof of the state’s credibility; and in case of impediments those responsible must be identified and brought to account.

2. Every tribe must send ten people fully equipped and with a Shases vehicles to the Confederacy’s headquarters in Ghail bin Yameen for distribution at joint checkpoints of the Confederacy.

3. Preparing a list of the remaining demands about which no Presidential instructions were given and to follow up contacts with Brother the President in order to issue such instructions.

4. The Confederacy stresses the necessity of the continuation of the popular uprising in Hadramout by all the people and tribes of Hadramout and its strengthening until all demands have been met in accordance with the proclamations issued by the Confederacy.

Issued by
Hadramout Tribes Confederacy.
March 13, 2014

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?

First US airstrike in Saada, Yemen at Wadi Abu Jubarah

Filed under: Air strike, Saudi Arabia, USA, abu jubarah, obits, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:53 am on Sunday, October 28, 2012

The 2011 AQAP eulogy of Ammar al Waeli said, “His father was a leader in the mujahadin in Yemen who was appointed by (bin Laden) to open a training camp in the area of Saada.” The long established Abu Jubarah training camp is discussed in my 2010 article, Large al Qaeda camp in North Yemen dims peace prospects, politician says or see my category Saada, Abu Jubarah.

Air strike kills three al-Qaeda suspects in Sa’ada: Sa’ada Governor
Sunday 28 October 2012 / 26 September Net

26 September Net – Air strikes killed three Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday in the northern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, Sa’ada governor told “26 September Net”.

“Three Al-Qaeda suspects were killed in the air strike targeted the suspects on Sunday in Wadi Aal Jubara, Sa’ada province” Sa’ada governor said, adding two of those killed were Saudi nationals and the third one is a Yemeni.

One of al-Qaeda chief called Omar Batais was injured in the strike.

It is believed the Saudis possessed money for financing al-Qaeda operations in some provinces, the governor went on to say.

He revealed the terrorists had been trying (ed- and succeeding) for more than five years to turn Wadi Abu Junbara a station for crossing to Mare, al-Jawf, Shabwa and Abyan provinces.

US drone and foreign fighters:

Brach Net – said a government official in the province of Saada, preferring anonymity in an exclusive authorized ¯ “politics”, said the plane that carried out the air strike on the area of Wadi Al Abu Jabara Directorate كتاف yesterday is an American drone.
And confirmed the existence of at least 70 militants of the leaders and elements of the organization in the Valley of the Abu Jabara, where “they have a training camp and allied by with the Salafists in fighting the Houthis in the past period and killed them more than 150 people at the hands of Houthis, including foreigners of different nationalities Saudi and Egyptian.”

Yemen Defense Min targeted for assassination for 7th time, AQAP raid

Filed under: Ministries, Post Saleh, Security Forces, mil restrucuturing, state jihaddists, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 7:48 am on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The assassination spree by the al Qaeda hit squad, or some mercenary facsimile thereof, continues with a gusto. Security officers are targeted and killed in the south with alarming regularity, about once a week. The pattern is highly reminiscent of the period between unity (1990) and the civil war (1994) when al Qaeda targeted YSP leaders and over 150 were killed. The 1994 document of Pledge and Accord begins by demanding Saleh stop employing terrorists and terrorism against southerners to achieve his political goals, but he never did.

The deposed (half of the) Saleh dictatorship continued to conduct false flag attacks (pipelines anyone?) or hired al Qaeda types or used intelligence officers disguised as AQ to conduct operations against internal rivals or to shift the political winds. Its not only a matter of exploiting al Qaeda attacks to gain international support; its also a matter of ordering them.

When is the US going to talk about the tourist murders and the plots against the British ambassador or the South Korean officials as Saleh’s foreign policy in action? Much, maybe most, of the al Qaeda violence in Yemen is self-generated, but some is designed. Its a good thing the US remembered belatedly to add the terrorism exclusion to Saleh’s immunity deal.

Sana’a: Yemen’s Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed escaped an assassination attempt Tuesday near his home located in the capital city of Sana’a, Xinhua reported. A car bomb was discovered near Ahmed’s house and was removed before it could explode, said police sources.

This was the seventh occasion when militants, suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), targeted the defence minister since the interim Yemeni government came into existence last December.

On Sep 11, a car bomb attack targeting the defence minister’s motorcade in Sana’a killed 12 people, including his seven bodyguards. The minister was critically injured in his chest, with his face bruised

They probably saved a lot of lives by rolling this one up. The gas cylinders were first used in Yemen in the 2005 twin attacks on the oil facilities.

Reuters: Army and security forces raided a house in the southern province of Aden at dawn, killing three militants in clashes that went on for almost two hours, the Interior Ministry said. Four soldiers were wounded.

“A large amount of various explosives was found in most of the rooms in addition to booby-trapped gas cylinders and cars ready to be used in suicide attacks and weapons including a rocket and explosive belts,” the Defense Ministry website quoted a security source as saying.

The house, in Mansoura city, was used as a headquarters for al Qaeda leaders in Aden to plan for attacks and a bomb factory, the source said.

Security forces seized documents and computers which contained plans to attack vital establishments in the province including military, security and civil buildings, the source said.

A local security source told Reuters among those killed was a Somali fighter, adding that the cell was behind several suicide attacks and assassination attempts in Aden over the past few months.

Sami Dhayan a scapegoat says a statement from his father

Filed under: 3 security, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 6:16 am on Saturday, July 14, 2012

first an update on Sami’s status

Yemen Post: Yemen Arrests Leader of Suicide Cell behind Killing of Senior Commander (Read on …)

Saleh relative orchestrated pipeline attck: Yemeni officials

Filed under: Marib, Oil, Security Forces, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:41 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SANAA // Yemeni authorities have accused military officers of sabotaging one of the country’s key oil pipelines during last year’s uprising, as the country battles to repair its energy infrastructure. (Read on …)

US to resume military training in Yemen prior to restructing military

Filed under: Counter-terror, Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Military, Security Forces, USA, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:25 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hows that going to work? Clearly the Yemeni forces are not up to the challenge without support considering yesterday’s bloodbath. But how to offset the AQAP subversion, root out the corrupt and purge the murderers while training is ongoing, (it didn’t work so well in the past), al Qaeda is attacking and restructure the Yemeni military simultaneously. Southerners, Houthis and other excluded groups have to be integrated into the new military for balance. Meanwhile its been AQAP’s goal to draw in US military forces.

US officials’ statements alienating southerners en masse (al Qaeda’s unwilling captive and nearby communities) isn’t helping overall efforts.

US and Yemeni officials have agreed to restart a controversial military-training program to help the new president tackle Al Qaeda militants as part of planned enhanced counter-terrorism relationship.

While President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has openly turned to Washington as he attempts to get the upper hand over the terrorist group, his policy may have a key drawback — upsetting the delicate political balance of power in the country and complicating the sensitive task of overhauling the nation’s fractured security forces.

Dozens of US special operations forces already on the ground are set to resume training of counterterrorism forces after a lull last year amid a wave of new sophisticated assaults by the Yemeni branch of the terrorist group and loosely linked jihadi groups. FOX

New US backed Yemen Unity government hopes to negotiate with AQAP

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:01 pm on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Update: Just to be clear, Saleh et al overtly and covertly negotiated with al Qaeda for years. Officials often defended the policy as rehabilitation and CT policy. Following the 2006 escape of 23 AQ operatives, Saleh said he was in touch with them all by phone, including presumably Wahishi, current AQAP leader. After releasing Jamal al Badawi in 2007, Saleh said he was going to use him as an informant. The earlier negotiation between Saleh and Abu al Fida on behalf of the jihaddis who were supposedly under security supervision resulted in looser requirements and an AQ promise to not attack within Yemen which held for about two years until the attack on the US embassy. And then there was that meeting in 09 between Saleh and the southern contingent of jihaddists that included a transfer of cash, we see where that got us.

Original: Spectacular. I was concerned that negotiations with the Taliban would be followed by negotiations with AQAP but it seemed too extreme to be possible, even for Obama. First the GCC deal freezes out (in bulk) all the philosophical forces opposed to the narrow, violent, supremacist al Qaeda worldview (including the protesters, women, southerners, Houthis, civil government advocates and everyone who defected from the GPC on principle) and then the (US endorsed) GCC deal re-empowers the calcified and dysfunctional ruling structure, paving the way for al Qaeda to impose its rigid political agenda on the rest of the nation through legitimate political avenues. While it is possible for hardened jihaddists to mature, the group has to change before they can come engage in the political process including renouncing violence and taqfirism, and endorsing equal rights and protections for all denominations and all Yemeni citizens. They are not there yet.

CNN via Yemen Online: 5/2/2012, Yemen’s highest military authority Sunday announced its willingness to open channels of dialogue with al Qaeda in hopes of reaching a long-term cease-fire agreement.

The military committee was formed as part of the power transfer deal in November. Spokesman Ali Saeed Obaid told CNN that the new Yemeni military leadership is opening its hands and will seek new solutions with al Qaeda fighters.

Al Qaeda currently controls large areas in the southern Abyan and Shabwa provinces of Yemen.

“We are offering al Qaeda a chance to be involved in the political decisions in the country through politics, rather than forcing their views with the use of arms,” Obaid said.

Vice President Abdurabu Hadi is chairman of the committee, which is responsible for rebuilding the Yemeni military.

“The committee is hoping that al Qaeda lays down its arms and participates in seeking change democratically, like the millions in Yemen,” Obaid said, adding that al Qaeda would in return handover all territories under its control to the military and evacuate government posts.

Al Qaeda has not yet responded to the offer, the committee said.

Yemen’s government is in the midst of a transfer of power in which President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a longtime United States ally in the war on terrorism, has agreed to step down after more than 33 years of rule.

Islamist militants seized control of Abyan last May after government positions were suddenly emptied. The province was announced an Islamic emirate a week later, resulting in hundreds of fighters joining their lines.

Hundreds of troops and fighters have been killed daily as part of their efforts to rid the province of the fighters.

More than 100,000 residents of Abyan evacuated the province when clashes intensified last July. They are currently living in shelters in the neighboring provinces of Aden and Lahj.

Last month, a committee formed by Hadi persuaded al Qaeda fighters in Radda, in the nearby province of al-Baitha, to evacuate the area two weeks after they took it over.

Suspected al Qaeda fighters left the town after five days of tense negotiations in exchange for the release of three prisoners, Hadi’s office said at the time. CNN

Related, a Lebanese paper questions whether Tariq al Dhahab is an operative of AQAP or the National Security (but these are not mutually exclusive) and if the take over of Radda was another false flag maneuver. The Abbad report below has al Wahishi physically in Raada with al Dhahab, but Wahishi and the National Security have had easy, if not good, relations for a long time

Before leaving Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh had opened the game of al-Qaeda again. This time occurred from Radda Area where al-Qaeda does not exist. Despite the fact that there is convention that led fundamentalist group to leave the town after occupying it for 4 weeks and the authority undertook to implement some of the armed group’s demands, subsequent developments say that this scenario will be repeated in other parts of Yemen.

It seems that Ali Abdullah Saleh even two weeks before heading for U. S. for treatment had not got bored from using al-Qaeda card, however, he signed (GCC) Imitative which turned him an honorary president with no power. He is still insisting on lifting up the slogan of “Me or al-Qaeda”. He did it in Abyan Province, south Yemen, at the middle of May when he directed security troops to leave the gates of the town opened and showed no resistance in front of attack of hundreds of armed men. Later, the regime said they belong to al-Qaeda.

Now, he is implementing it again but in a way improperly directed. Tribal Sheik from Radda Town called Tariq al-Dhahab, has tribal broad influence and belongs to famous tribe distinguished by its strength and the wide-spread of weapon among its elements in al-Baidha Province south Yemen along with hundreds of armed men, entered the area and faced no resistance from Central Security or Republican Guards present in the area. Nothing stopped Dhahab and his men, they entered the town as if they were going on a picnic or fishing trip not to occupy an entire town, and later declared an Islamic emirate.

After entering, they headed for the main Ameriya Mosque in the town where they prayed Maghreb (Sunset Prayers) and Isha (Evening Paryers). Between the two prayers, Tariq al-Dhahab delivered preach in which he pledged of allegiance to the leader of al-Qaeda in Arab Peninsula Nasr al-Waheshi and to the leader of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan Ayman al-Zawahiri. He announced a set of procedures in the town including forcing owners of petrol station to sell fuel with former price before the outbreak of the Youth Revolution in Yemen.

It is a step through which he aimed at gaining people’s sympathy. After that, they headed for ancient Ameriya Castle overlooking the town. They did not stop but they kept on dominating the rest of the town within the next two days. They, moreover, went to the Central Prison and released all inmates. Deputy Minister of Information Ministry Abdu Janadi commented on this conduct and said they did so in order to increase their number and arm those who want to join them. This was denied by Tariq al-Dhahab as saying he only had released two inmates of his followers. Dhahab later announced through recorded video saying, “Islamic caliphate is coming even if we sacrifice our souls and skulls for that,” He, moreover, threatened to free the Arabian Peninsula after applying Islamic law in Yemen, meeting the need of people.

Simultaneously, the Military Committee, formed in order to demilitarize Yemeni cities in accordance with (GCC) plan, continued holding meetings in the capital Sana’a to search the last results of the removal of barricades and military vehicles from the streets of the cities of Sana’a and Taiz. It issued a statement in which it praised these operations without forgetting to say that it would form investigation committee regarding what happened in Radda Town. It appeared that the Committee was in a side and Radda sheiks of tribes in the other. The sheiks were trying to rectify the deteriorating situation under an overt absence of security showing no resistance towards Dhahab’s elements occupying the town.

Consequently, tribe sheiks announced to hold meeting to discuss the serious situation especially as people there resorted to use their guns and to stand in front of their shops and houses to protect them. More serious than that, the large number of those released prisoners who were detained against a backdrop of revenge issues and crimes such as rape, stealing and murder including approximately 165 prisoners had sentenced to death.

How did the large number of fighters enter the town and how did they pass through all military checkpoints located along the main highways connecting the governorates of Yemen. Local source, who preferred to be in the state of anonymity, said they did not enter the town as rumored but they were gathered from inside the town. He explained to “al-Akhbar” that a number of sheiks repeatedly appealed to the authority the growing presence of strange militants from the town, but their calls faced no response. The sheiks, furthermore, appealed to militants to leave the town, otherwise they would use force to take militants out of the town and they offered them 3 days before Tariq al-Dhahab demanded to extend the deadline in order to discuss with senior sheiks of the tribe to reach to a solution that satisfies everybody without resorting to the strength of weapon. At the end, this resulted to make militants leave the town after the authority accepted some demands of Dhahab to release his younger brother from Political Security’s prison in Sana’a.

Khalid al-Dhahab shocked everybody when he said in statement to the press that his brother Tariq fully coordinated with National Security and with the former Interior Minister, the matter which puts questions regarding the reality of Tariq al-Dhahab link to Qaeda or is he a part of a security apparatus implementing specific task?

“The town of Radda was far from any mentioning of the presence of al-Qaeda inside and it did not happen that its name was linked to al-Qaeda,” said Managing Editor of “Masdar” independent newspaper, Abdul-Hakeem Helal, pointing out that we could never ignore the real presence of al-Qaeda in Yemen unlike what the opposition says through repeatable deny and that al-Qaeda is only a card played by Saleh.

For his part, media source in General People’s Congress (GPC), who did not want to mention his name, said to “al-Akhbar” that these acts done by Ali Abdullah Saleh before leaving Yemen were in the context of his attempts to bring chaos in spite of adopting immunity law which granted Saleh immunity from prosecution for his 33 year reign.

Simultaneously, elements belong to (GPC), headed by Saleh, notably were armed especially in Taiz and Dhale’ south Yemen. Informed sources said that their main goal in the next phase is to hinder early presidential election scheduled on February 21st, so Yemen would return to square number one.

Source: Lebanese al-Akhbar Newspaper

SOHR report Dec 2011: human rights violations in southern Yemen

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, South Yemen, War Crimes, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:04 am on Thursday, February 2, 2012

Its a monthly report on state violence and other HR violations including by AQAP that is always precise in terms of names, dates, photos and locations, and it usually is issued within a month or two of the end date, except for those months with large massacres. The recently issued report for December 2011 lists three dead, as opposed to earlier months and years when many dozens were killed and hundreds were wounded in state violence against southern protesters and activists. The fatality totals in the southern protests (2007-2011) far exceeds the number killed by the state since the broader rev began in 2011, a distasteful metric of murder. (The UN SC forgave 33 years of atrocities in Yemen in the interests of “stability,” providing little incentive for Assad to stop his butchery.) In the following, I pulled out some AQAP violations of human rights for a future project but the entire report is available here at

SOHR report Dec 2011

On Monday, December ,5 Sheikh Tawfiq Ali Mansour Juneidi ,nicknamed
“Hawas “the leader of the People’s Committees in the town of Lauder of
Abyan province ,died as a result of wounds sustained by a blast of an
explosive package targeted him on Friday, December ,2 and which also
caused the death of his colleague ,Ali Nasser Houshan .The Web site” ,Taj
South Arabia “reported that the People’s Committees protect the district
from the al-Qaeda operatives ,since it is believe that the al-Qaeda is behind
this assassination….

“Al Qaeda “operatives on the evening of Monday, December , ambushed
two vehicles to target a number of people from Almayaser Tribe from the
Farajs when they were passing in” Ekd “area between the districts of Lauder
and Wadiea .Aden News Agency said that the ambush caused injuries
among three people ,they are :Ahmed Hussein Ashal ,Hussein Ali Ashal and
Ahmed Mohammed al-Ghairi. (Read on …)

Raada, al Baydah Yemen celebrates AQAP withdrawal

Filed under: Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Security Forces, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:24 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The al Qaeda operatives that occupied Raada have all departed, to the great jubilation of the town. Tribal mediation resulted in the immediate release of three al Qaeda detainees, including Nabil al Dhahab, a promise to install more conservative leaders that implement Sharia law and a promise to release the rest of the listed al Qaeda detainees (12 more) later, when the media spotlight fades. The town celebrated the fanatics departure with gunfire in the air and gathering on the streets. The agreement followed heavy clashes between tribal fighters and the violent al Qaeda cult known as “Ansar al Sharia.” The seven tribes surrounding al Baydah joined together against al Qaeda and the tribal delegation was comprised of 35 notable dignitaries.

Sheikh Khalid al Dhahab said in a later newspaper interview: “the remnants of the Saleh regime facilitated the gunmen to enter the city Radaa and the idea of formation and the establishment of the “solution and the contract” and the requirement by the “supporters of sharia law” to change the heads of districts and directors of offices services in the city of Radaa is to legitimize the rule of al-Qaeda through the establishment of Islamic emirate in Radaa, and remnants of the Saleh regime seek to make Radaa Islamic emirate.”

al Tagheer, link

al Qaeda in Yemen attacks traditional “witch doctor” in Raada; five dead in clashes

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, al-Bayda, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:33 am on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Like there’s not enough headaches, al Qaeda is mandating (by violence) what type of health care people can have. I don’t know anything about the type of traditional medicine practiced in al Baydah, or even what a witch doctor is, although some traditional and herbal remedies have been shown to have medicinal value in other parts of the world. However people have the right to choose who they talk to about their illnesses without some wild eyed fanatic subjecting them to physical punishment. Then there’s more blah blah about the regime loyalists facilitating the al Qaeda take over and other article below the fold about the failure of negotiations.

Yemen Post: Three tribesmen were killed and several others were wounded on Saturday as Al-Qaeda militants attacked the house of a well-known witch-doctor in Rada’a of Baidha governorate. (Read on …)

Saleh’s fingerprints on al Qaeda’s actions

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Presidency, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:32 pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The analysis below by the Abaad Center has some correct information but is missing the facts that Nabil al Dhahab (brother of Tariq) was in the same PSO jail cell as his brother in law, Anwar al Awlaki, and later was on Syrian TV taking responsibility for the Damascus bombing, that was blamed on al Qaeda, link here.

It is probable that the National Security orchestrated the take over of Radaa, one town in the province of al Baydah. It was entirely true when I wrote that the Yemeni National Security transported Nasir al Wahishi, head of AQAP, from Marib to Shabwa in 2009 or 2008, whenever it was. The implications were and remain enormous.

There’s no way the US can feign ignorance anymore or that the collusion doesn’t go to the top. So what does the continued US support mean? It can’t be fear of Islah and fundamentalists when the US designed transition plan empowers Islah, endangers the democrats and puts the fractured regime back together, a regime that by its very nature is massively corrupt and prone to sporadic blood baths, and that has created, enabled and deployed al Qaeda for over a decade.

Then we get this: “Jane, my family are from Radaa. This ALQ stuff is load of rubbish. Ali Saleh’s troops entered the city on the pretext that the city had been taken over by ALQ when no such thing had happened. They then opened the prison and let everyone out. Opposition to Saleh in Radaa has been quite strong.” Others with family in Raada disagree and say its very scary, residents have been warned to stay indoors and men are arming themselves to protect their families.

Its clear that Saleh plans on delaying the “election” by any means possible. It was clear from day one that he would never relinquish his throne and that the US was helping him stall, first by announcing there was no post-Saleh planning and then by demanding Yemenis accept the clearly unworkable (and illegal) GCC plan. I’m mystified by US support of the Sanaa regime and all its elements (including Islah), when Saleh and the Yemeni security and intelligence forces are obvious and undeniable Al Qaeda puppet masters.

al Sahwa

Think-Tank: Absence of government, armed Houthi existence behind Al-Qaeda expansion A news analysis released by Abaad Centre for Studies and Research has said five factors supported Al-Qaeda existence in Rada’a of Baidha governorate:

First, planning of expansion in the stage that witnesses a weakness of the central government, as Al-Qaeda took this opportunity to enlarge in some eastern areas that lack the power of government.

Second, Rada’a is a predominantly tribal region and it witnessed provocations four months ago by militants who were affiliated to the Zaidi Shia Houthi group as they were walking around the town with their arms.

Third, forces of the Republican Guard did not deal with the militants seriously. A brother of Tariq Al-Dhahab who leads the militants was wounded, but when Tariq came to town was not interrupted and his positions located between Rada’a and Marib were not attacked.

Fourth, Al-Qaeda exploited the kinship between Al-Dhahab and Anwar Al-Awlaki, Al-Qaeda leader who was killed in a American drone strike last fall to expand.

Fifth, It used the detention of one of Al-Dhahab’s brother as a grief to provoke armed men to fight.

The analysis also indicated to the character of Al-Dhahab who led Al-Qaeda militants positioned in a archeological mosque in Rada’a.

” Tareq Al-Dhahab is a brother of a late prominent tribal leader of Rada’a” added the analysis. ” After the death of this leader, his nephew, Majed, was crowned as a leader, but Tareq did not accept that.”

” Tareq’s brother at the age of 35, Nabil, was submitted by Syrian authorities as he tried to cross the country to fight in Iraq in 2006.”

Al-Dhahab has criticized, in a comment to Marib Press, the detention of his brother, considering that as arbitrary, and pointing out that Nabil was imprisoned inside a jail of the Political Security, added the analysis.

” After the release of Anwar Al-Awlaki in 2007, Al-Dhahab angered on his tribe escaped to a region between Marib and Rada’a and gathered around dozens of militants who came from Al-Jawf, Marib, Shabwa and Baidha,” added the centre.

” Al-Dhahab generously spends money for his followers and sponsors scores of families, but his resources are still unknown up to date.”

The think-tank said the name of Al-Dhahab was not included in any operation of Al-Qaeda, he did not travel abroad, and was not known of his affiliation to Al-Qaeda, but the Yemeni authorities suspect that he was responsible for attacking a security checkpoint in Rada’a in May, 2011.

” The authorities have not stated about the event or attacked the region in which he has been basing for years” added it.

” Al-Dhahab emerged as a member of Al-Qaeda in his sermon on Friday, 13 January, 2012, after he along with approximately 80 militants stormed Rada’a, using light and medium weapons including RPG and gun machines,” added the analysis. ” They positioned inside an archeological mosque which has been shut down for 15 years.”

Its like a carbon copy of the Abyan events.

al Sahwa: – A tribal leader of Rada’a, Khalid Al-Dhahab, has said that the National Security coordinated with his brother, Tariq who leads Al-Qaeda militants, to capture Rada’a.

In a comment to Alarabya TV on Monday, Khalid said that the National Security and the former Interior Minister, Rashad Almasri, have been contacting Tariq for long period.

Al-Dhahab pointed out that he had suggested to the Yemeni regime to submit his brother, Tariq, but the regime procrastinated regarding his arrest.

Sanaa regime’s support of terrorists in Abyan detailed

Filed under: Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Security Forces, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 9:38 am on Thursday, October 13, 2011

This article does a very good job at untangling the relationships between the regime, the terrorists in Abyan, Ali Mohsen’s jihaddist allies including Nabi, and it names three regime loyalists who were killed fighting alongside the al Qaeda in Abyan.

Yemen Times SANA’A, Oct 12 — In his major speech, Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, on Saturday, accused defected major general Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar of aiding armed Islamists. It is believed that these Islamists are of the same consortium that took control of Abyan late last May. (Read on …)

Sadiq al Ahmar: Al Qaeda escapees living in presidential palace villas

Filed under: 23 ESCAPE, Presidency, Sana'a, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:45 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2011

A France 24 interview with Sadiq al Ahmar is here on Youtube. Sheik AlAhmar on the vid says, “Ali Abdullah Saleh inserted AlQeada, to ’suck milk from the American cow.’ The biggest evidence of this relationship is that of those who escaped from prison in Hadramout, 16 of them have been at villas that belong to the presidential palace in Alsafiyah for more than two weeks.” (A google search says Alsafiyah is a district in Sanaa.)

Gee, it sounds a lot less crazy when Sadiq al Ahmar and Hamoud al Hittar say it, doesn’t it? (For al Hittar, see Al Hittar says Saleh regime pays al Qaeda in Abyan through security chiefs .) My article at PMJ covers the same topic, Yemen’s Theater of the Absurd.

I think I first used the term “false flag attack” to describe Yemeni foreign policy in 2007 and noted the regime deploying Al Qaeda as mercenaries in 2005. I’ve seen nothing that disputes the general premise since. Someone should tell General Mr. Patraeus that Saleh did not miraculously reform after hearing about the “assassination plot.” They probably knew the phone was wired.

Yemenis and the world will not accept Saleh

Filed under: A-analysis, Al-Qaeda, Presidency, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:27 pm on Monday, October 3, 2011

Yemen’s problem: The president and ‘al-Qaeda’

It is almost certain that the Yemeni government was not serious in fighting al-Qaeda within the past years. But, has Yemen been using al-Qaeda in its political purposes or was the regime afraid of the organization? This worrying questioned would probably remain unanswered. Within the current crisis that President Saleh has been facing, al-Qaeda managed to seize the city of Zinjibar and thus creating the fear that it might imitate what al- Qaeda in Iraq has been doing; namely seizing cities under its control. It took the Yemeni forced 90 days to evacuate the city of Zinjibar from al-Qaeda, with the help of the Americans in breaking the siege of an a Yemeni army battalion. Two weeks later, one of the most important leaders of al-Qaeda in Yemen—the U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki—was killed.

Both parts, the government and the opposition, exchange accusations over supporting terrorism. The opposition accuses Saleh that he supports terrorism and that he masterminded the fall of the city of Zinjibar. In the meantime, some government figures claim that al-Qaeda is being protected by opposition., For the Yemeni citizen the problem lies President Saleh’s refusal to step down and his transfer of power to his sons and relatives. For world powers, however, the problem is al-Qaeda.

I think that both are right; al-Qaeda is a problem and so is Saleh. Saleh has been walking on a tight rope and accordingly Yemen remained undeveloped for more than 30 years. He only cared about remaining in power by achieving tribal and regional balance, once with Saddam Hussein, another with Qaddafi and now probably with al-Qaeda when it is time for him to leave. The world will not accept a regime that is rejected domestically and internationally.

(The writer is the General Manager of Al Arabiya. The article was published by the London-based Asharq al-Awsat on Oct. 3, 2011 and was translated from Arabic by Abeer Tayel.)

Yemen Post Saleh to Use Terror File to Stay in Power; World Must not be Tricked

President Saleh has been using the terror card for well over a decade now, almost blackmailing western powers into financing his efforts against al-Qaeda and supporting his regime as he claimed to be the only entity in Yemen able to will enough power to carry through America’s requests in Yemen. (Read on …)

Yemen Air Force bombs soldiers fighting al Qaeda again

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Islamic Imirate, Military, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:21 pm on Sunday, October 2, 2011

For the second time the Sanaa regime has “accidentally” bombed the troops fighting al Qaeda. The last time in early August dozens of the tribal fighters against al Qaeda were killed as well as four military commanders. The tribesmen later said that al Qaeda fighters were lying in wait after the bombing, as if it was coordinated with them. And this time, the al Qaeda fighters were laying in wait again. The Yemen Air Forces is commanded by the half-brother of Saleh, Mohammed Saleh Ahmar. I used to say the Sanaa regime was like John Gotti with an airforce, but now they are more like Zawaheri with an airforce. Update: Sanaa regime denies but multiple news outlets have local sources confirming.

USA Today: The officials said the bombing, which took place on Saturday evening in the southern Abyan province, targeted an abandoned school used as shelter by soldiers of the army’s 119th Brigade. The school is located just east of Abyan’s provincial capital Zinjibar, where militants linked to al-Qaeda have been in control since May.

Heavy fighting has been raging in the area for days as part of the army’s months long campaign to seize back Zinjibar from the militants.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, said there were unconfirmed reports that militants arrived at the school soon after the airstrike and killed an unspecified number of wounded troops.

The school is in the Bagdar area, along the frontline between Yemeni forces and militants. On Saturday, fighting in Zinjibar killed at least 28 soldiers and militants.

The 119th Brigade has rebelled against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to join the protest movement demanding his ouster. It is thought to have received significant support from the U.S. military to enable it to fight the militants in the south more efficiently.

(Read on …)

Head of Dialog program, al Hittar says Saleh regime pays al Qaeda in Yemen

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, Presidency, Religious, Security Forces, War Crimes, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:18 am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Of course Saleh is paying al Qaeda and has been paying al Qaeda to do his dirty work for years and the payments are ongoing. Judge Al Hittar who met many of the AQ leaders through the dialog program says now what I said in 2005, not one was reformed. He also says as I have said that the main conduits between the regime and the terrorists are through the security and intelligence services. Saleh and his relatives use AQAP as an instrument of foreign policy like they use the fanatics domestically. And the US must know this if everyone else knows it and has known it. Brennan must be deliberately lying with every statement and the embassy entirely content to knowingly betray millions of Yemenis in order to protect this relationship. The question is the US afraid of Saleh, in cahoots with Saleh or just stupid?

al Hadath (google translated): Chairman of the Commission launched a dialogue with members of the former al-Qaeda in Yemen and the Minister of Endowments and Guidance outgoing Judge Hamoud al-Hattar, a scathing attack on the Yemeni regime and accused him of “supporting a number of al Qaeda members in the show to frighten the West, and the suppression of the Yemeni revolution.”

Hitar announced in a statement the “Rai”, “that he knows many members of al-Qaeda in Yemen during his dialogue with them when he was chairman of the dialogue with Islamic militants, who are now dealing with the Yemeni regime and receive financial rewards.”

Hattar said, “It interlocutors over the past years did not return one of them, and did not Ihor number of al Qaeda who is dealing with the system, and accused the regime that gives them bonuses, refusing to reveal their names.”

He pointed out that “there is a committee of the system communicate with the base made ​​up of three officers, one in a private guards and the second in the national security and the third in the Interior.” And the contradictions of the opposition in their statements of information such as a «base» or not explained that «the media discourse of the opposition and the revolution was not successful », calling at the same time the opposition and called them« rebels »to« correct their mistakes ».

Zinjibar-separating fact from fiction

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Military, South Yemen, USA, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:13 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Separating fact from fiction is always quite difficult in Yemen. As predictable both the state’s military forces and the pro-revolutionary military forces claimed credit for freeing Zinjibar, although the extent to which it has been freed is questionable. Certainly some jihaddists fled, because people saw them withdrawing. Some moved to the mountains (Hattat) and some to Jaar, maybe Shabwa, and it is unclear if the split in the al Qaeda forces between northern and southern jihaddists is reflected in the divergent destinations. However residents are currently reporting that Zinjibar has not been liberated, only some sections of it, and fighting continues. The Yemen Times had an article, Who freed Zinjibar? but the paper is entirely off line at the moment. Tribal mediation has thus far failed to bring about a compete withdrawal. It was only with US help that the three month siege 25th Mechanized was broken.

Residents are without water, electricity, food and medical services since the Razi hospital was closed and many have fled to Aden and Lahj where there is no housing or aid waiting. The state announced that it will be moving the internal refugees out of the schools in Aden, but it is unclear where the IDPs will be going next.

Some links: (Ali Mohsen’s news paper): In that context sources familiar with the situation said to “Today’s News” that Secretary of Defense may send a tribal delegation to negotiate with the insurgents and persuade Jalal Blaidy and insurgents that they need to withdraw from the city of Zanzibar, noting that the tribal delegation failed in his mission to persuade the gunmen to withdraw from the Zanzibar and that the insurgents said that they would step up their operations against the army.

News Yemen Local residents: we saw the insurgents moving into Jaar
Army restores Zanzibar and frees 25 Major Mika
10/09/2011 NewsYemen:

Local residents said city of Zanzibar, in Abyan province to NewsYemen that the forces of the army freed today by members of the Brigade 25 Mika besieged by al-Qaeda members in more than four months, and Zanzibar has cleared of insurgents. (Read on …)

Mediation leads to AQAP withdrawal from Abyan? Developing

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:50 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2011

A rights and media activist and Vice Chairman of the Media Association in the Abyan Province is reporting AQAP has agreed to withdraw from Abyan, with compensation, following mediation. Also he reports a schism between two factions of jihaddists in Abyan in response to the proposal, and some are going into the mountains instead of leaving the province. Separately, I have an interview with one of the mediators that was conducted a few days ago and before the agreement was reached, and that should be posted shortly. (Or not.) There were a few rounds of mediation in the last weeks.

Update: Additional confirmation by residents of large scale withdrawals from Jaar and Zinjibar in Abyan. This is following the Yemeni bombing campaign and the resupply of the 25th Mechanized by the US.The question is where are they going? Update 2: Another report says the withdrawal is from Jaar and those who are agreed are from “the provinces of Yemen,” meaning the north. The red on red fighting a few weeks ago was also between northern and southern terrorists. And it makes sense that southern jihaddists wouldn’t want to relocate to Marib which is the likely destination.

1) Last night, the authorities reached agreement with the militants in Abyan to waive their Islamic Emirate in Abyan in return of their safe withdrawal and compensation for any loses, we actually saw many of them leaving with their weapons, more details later.

2) Agreement has been reached on the withdrawal of militants with their weapons and the abandonment of the name of “Emirate of Abyan” and to stop pressing for prosecution as well as compensating them for their losses according to sources close to both the Authorities and the militants. The agreement has been singed a few minutes before the bombardment threat the Minister of Defence has vowed to carry out against Jaar, which would have “wiped it out” in the event of rejecting (the agreement). But after the signing, a dispute as broke-out between the militants (between supporters and opponents of “the agreement”). Currently, the opponents (of the agreement) are now withdrawing to the mountains. Hence the Abyan show has ended..

Another variation:

The withdrawal of armed groups from the city of Jaar after an agreement with the authorities of the Yemeni occupation regime Breaking News: Private sources: the Yemeni regime makes a deal with armed groups, which occupies the city of Jaar requires their withdrawal with all their equipments to the nearby mountains in Hattat Breaking News: Private sources: Acceptance of armed groups that belong to the governorates of Yemen (ed-northern Yemen) of the agreement with the Sanaa regime has led to splits in the ranks of these groups Braking News: Groups, the so-called Sharia supporters held an agreement with the Authorities of the Sanaa regime leading to the exit from the city of Jaar to the surrounding mountains to carry as much as they can of their equipments

YOHR discusses alliance between the Yemeni authorities and AQAP

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:11 pm on Monday, August 22, 2011

“He said that there is mutual exploitation between government authorities and terrorist groups against the forces of modernity in society” Baghdadi: should build a partnership in the war on terrorism clearly devoted to the prevention of tyranny

al Tagheer: Said lawyer Abdul Aziz al-Baghdadi, Chairman of the Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights to stop terrorist activity against the construction of the state, through the activity of terrorist groups, and mutual exploitation between government authorities, and between these groups against the forces of modernity in society. (Read on …)

C-130’s, with wrong coordinates, re-supply AQAP?

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Military, USA, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:49 pm on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Only the US militatry Saudi military will know if this is true but there have been several instances of duplicity by the Saleh regime regarding coordinates: directing the Saudi Air Force to bomb Ali Mohsen’s camp during the Saada War, the awful miss in December 2009, the errant bombing of Sheikh al Shabawni in May 2010, the “near misses” on Awlaki and al Quso, and the state’s own bombing of the tribal force fighting al Qaeda which killed dozens in July. Update: the Jihaddi forums are saying they were Saudi planes and the supplies “blew” over to them, via Critical Threats. Frankly I was hoping it was all anti-Saleh propaganda but now we know AQAP is well stocked.

al Wahdawi: Southern Military Command deliberately gives the wrong coordinates to foreign aircraft that was providing hardware and supplies to the 25th Mechanized Brigade

Confirmed local sources in the city of Zanzibar that four foreign aircraft were carrying supplies to the Brigade 25 Mechanized that is besieged in the capital of Abyan province for two months ago, but instead al Qaeda robbed the load of food, fuel, and other things that was dropped in the area under the control of members of al-Qaeda by the low flying aircraft.

The sources, who declined to reveal their identity and the identity of foreign aircraft said four aircraft type (C-130) were flew to the city of Zanzibar on the evening of 8 August. They were carrying food enough for the military camp for several months, but the Southern Command, led by Maj.Gen. Mahdi Maqualah, Supreme Commander of South Division, gave the aircraft the wrong coordinates to make the cargo delivered into the hands of militants from the al-Qaeda. (Read on …)

AQAP fractures in Abyan

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, Yemen, other jihaddists, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:01 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

@intelwire (J.M. Berger) notes “the reported Abyan fitna (was) mentioned earlier on the forums.”

Khaleej Times ADEN — Clashes between rival extremist groups on Monday left four fighters dead and seven others wounded in Yemen’s restive southern province of Abyan, witnesses said.

A group under the leadership of Abdellatif Sayyed, who has distanced himself from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, asked alleged members of AQAP to leave the town of Jaar.

But a witness said the latter, who are loyal to a local Al-Qaeda leader named Abu Ali Hadrami, refused, triggering a series of clashes that caused casualties on both sides.

Jaar is 12 kilometres (seven miles) north of the provincial capital of Zinjibar which was seized in May by Partisans of Sharia (Islamic Law), an organisation linked to the Al-Qaeda network.

I wrote it up Monday at as

Al Qaeda in Yemen alienates local jihaddists

Local jihaddists in Abyan, Yemen are fighting their former allies, al Qaeda militants from other countries and other Yemeni provinces, for control of Ja’ar City. The combined group, which calls itself “Ansar al Shariah,” has been in control of areas of Abyan since May when the military withdrew.

Clashes between local jihaddists and al Qaeda erupted Monday morning, al Teef reported. The local militants’ commander, Abullatif Al Sayed, tried to expel the non-resident terrorists who had earlier joined their operations for control of the province. Many came from Marib and are linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The gun battle that ensued raged for hours and the number of casualties is unknown. (Read on …)

Fighting between al Qaeda factions in Ja’ar: al Teef

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:23 am on Monday, August 15, 2011

Local jihaddists are fighting (and seek to expel) their former allies, those al Qaeda militants who came from outside Abyan. It sounds like the indigenous Aden Abyan Army type of fanatic (Nabi, the Dhayans) is fighting with the AQAP type (Wahishi and others from Marib and elsewhere) and Ansar al Shariah is fracturing.

Actually its incorrect to call the local jihaddists “al Qaeda” because they have no transnational coordination, support or goals and never pledged loyalty to any external entity or person (except Saleh). This group has long aspired to an Islamic Emirate in Abyan, going back to the 1990’s, and murdered four suspected homosexuals in 2009 when they were in control of Ja’ar. At that time, they called themselves Jamaat al Jihad or the Jihad group.

After a face to face meeting between Saleh and several of the jihaddists’ leaders in January 2009, Nabi fought in the battle of Jaar alongside the military and Saleh released over 100 of their members in April. The Yemeni embassy here in the US said maybe a few al Qaeda were accidentally mixed in but most of the prisoners released were “aged and harmless” AAIA types, and many had been jailed without trial, or so the justification went.

Al Nabi’s later call for an Islamic Emirate in December 2009 produced some skepticism as he has a long, mutually beneficial relationship with the state and bounces between playing the terrorist villain and reformed jihaddist as needed by Saleh. Also in December 2009, after clashes in Jaar had died down, al Nabi re-took some govt buildings because he did not get some land that Saleh promised him. But things were ironed out between the two as current events demonstrate.

Al Teef, Network Spectrum - Jaar–Monday morning armed clashes erupted between members of Islamist groups claiming affiliation to al-Qaeda in the second-largest city of Jaar after the outbreak of sharp differences between the elements of these groups against the backdrop of the affairs of the city.

According to sources in the town of Jaar speaking to “network spectrum,” the clashes broke out after dawn prayers between the two factions of the armed groups, one follows the leader of these groups, “Mr. Abdul-Latif” (“Abullatif Al Sayed,”) and the other are elements of armed groups from outside Abyan.

There was confrontation during which the machine guns were fired and the outcome of the victims is unknown until the moment within the irrigation district, where elements of Mr. Abdul Latif tried to expel the armed groups coming from other provinces.

The sources pointed out that the elements of the master of the last few days tried to exert control over Jaar and asked members of other groups to leave, an appeal that was rejected and caused the outbreak of fighting at dawn today.

Sharp differences erupted over the last weeks between the elements of armed groups in Abyan after the elements of groups from outside the province were accused of vast destruction and looting while maintaining control of the city.

Another article on the growing schism between the two groups and this morning’s violence in Ja’ar at SaadaAden (ar) indicates the local jihaddists accuse the imported jihaddists of creating “overwhelming discontent” among the population in a war without limits. The stance of the local tribesmen against the militant forces has exacerbated the divisions among them, the article notes.

The Yemen Times reports on the aftermath of seven air strikes in Jaar which destroyed the water tank and hit an empty health clinic over the week-end.

Some of Abyan’s tribe came together to expel the militant groups, according to Ahmed al-Aydaros, the governorate’s council member. After successfully expelling the militant groups from Lauder, they formed popular committees.

“The tribes now discuss their plans to free Zunjbar from the militant groups, but there is a dirty game being played by the authorities to hand Abyan to the militant groups, groups without who believes that the Central Security was under the militant groups without even one bullets” said al-Aydaros.

On the other hand, the main military camp 25 Mika in Abyan has been surrounded by the militant groups for more than three months now. Abdalrahim al-Aswary, public relations officer at the 25 Mika camp, told the Yemen Times that this week things have improved at the camp. “We managed to evacuate the martyrs and casualties from the camp.” Although the camp is still surrounded by al-Qaeda from Zunjbar’s side, the state is using air strikes to free the camp, said Al-Aswary. Food is provided well there but al-Qeada has managed to cut the phone coverage.

Bomb in Sanaa, assassination in Amran, truce and car bomb in al Jawf, double dealing in Abyan

Pop quiz: Q: What was the characteristic response of the Saleh regime to power sharing demands following unity in 1990 that precipitated the 1994 civil war? A: Assassinations. Hundreds of southern political leaders were assassinated, often by veterans of the Afghan jihad who were allied with Saleh.

Five protesters wounded in Sanaa by an explosive device thrown from a car with police plates.

War planes bomb Arhab, five dead. Three houses, a mosque and many farms damaged. Clashes in Nehm, 20 km south of Arhab, eight wounded.

The Yemen Post reports Hamid Al-Qushaibi of the 310th escaped a car-bomb assassination attempt in Amran province but al Sahwa reports Major Ismail al-Ghurbani, commander of the 310th Armored Brigade of the 1st Armored Division was shot dead in an assassination in Amran

A truce between Islah and the Houthis in al Jawf will go into effect 8/17 when the JMP declares the national council; Fares Manna, UN sanctioned weapons dealer and long time associate of Saleh, will be replaced as governor by Sheikh Hussein Al-Thaneen from the Islah Party.

One person was killed and three wounded Sunday evening when a suicide car bomber detonated at a gathering of Houthis near the health center in al Jawf, News Yemen reported. The Houthis blamed the US, saying “The process shows the intense action and malicious plots by the Americans and the targeting of Yemen in general and the northern areas in particular.” Mareb Press reports dozens of injuries. Interior Ministery says 14 dead and the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

16 suspected al Qaeda were killed Sunday as clashes in the province take place in seven areas. The tribesmen (like the commander of the 25th Mechanized) say that the government is arming the al Qaeda militants and providing other support.

Yemen Post: Local tribesmen in Abyan province, fighting with government against militants, are accusing the government of helping al-Qaeda fighters stay strong by attacking tribal posts and arming the militants.

According to tribal sources in Abyan, at least 19 tribesmen have been killed by government attacks.

A senior Yemeni Defense Ministry official denies that the toll is that high, but did not deny that government raids did kill tribal fighters in accidental attacks.

Over the last month, tribes have succeeded to retake more than 60 percent of the province from the hands of suspected al-Qaeda militants after the government failed to show progress in its fight against the militants since May.

At least 1600 tribesmen are fighting al-Qaeda militants in the province.

More than 15 al-Qaeda fighters were arrested on Thursday by the tribesmen as their push to cleanse the province from the militants nears the final steps.

Update: Sultan al Barakani says Hamid al Ahmar is the prime suspect in the bombing on the presidential palace because the sims cards used in mobile phones belonged to SabaFone.

Three Yemen govt airstrikes targeted tribes fighting al Qaeda despite notice

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Tribes, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update: Reuters reports the tribes have returned to the fight.

Xinhua: Tuesday’s offensive by the 119th Military Brigade in Khamila area in western Zinjibar killed three Islamist militants and wounded seven others, who all were hospitalized in Razi hospital in Abyan’s city of Jaar, a doctor at the hospital told Xinhua. Zinjibar, about 480 km south of the capital Sanaa, has been besieged by the 119th Military Brigade from the west and by the 25th Mechanized Brigade from the east

Original: This is an excellent article from AP and should be read in full. Lets again review the sequence of events. Saleh warns of an al Qaeda take over in Abyan, if he is deposed, then government troops withdraw leaving behind large stocks of weapons. Al Qaeda moves in, takes possession of the weapons and takes over several towns including the capital, Zinjibar, forcing about 90,000 residents to flee from Abyan to Aden. The Defense Ministry leaves the 35th Mechanized Brigade stranded for two months, ordering the brigade to surrender twice. (The US trained CT forces are no where in sight.) Southern tribesmen launch a counter-offensive along with the 35th MB and drive al Qaeda out of Zinjibar. As the fighting moves to the outskirts of town, the Yemeni military bombs the tribesmen three times, although they had notified the military of their position. The Yemeni government calls it a friendly fire incident. Yemenis call it another instance of state collusion with al Qaeda in order to play the western powers, especially the US.

Al Qaeda will be much, much weaker without Saleh and his relatives (including Ahmed) and could be easily conquered, on all levels, by the multitude of indigenous forces that are naturally opposed to them. Its a much more cost effective option as well.

Botched Yemen airstrikes harms anti-militant fight

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press – 20 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government airstrikes that accidentally killed 40 people last week, including four army officers and a tribal sheik, brought an abrupt halt to the largest military effort yet to dislodge al-Qaida-linked militants from a key southern town, officials and tribal fighters said Tuesday.

The airstrikes, which took place late Friday just east of the town of Zinjibar near Yemen’s south coast, outraged pro-government fighters, prompting them to withdraw from the military offensive against Islamist militants. (Read on …)

Sheikh beheaded in Yemen following MIGs “accidental” friendly fire? Updated

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Military, Tribes, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:03 pm on Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The tribes fighting al Qaeda in Abyan in support of the 25th Mechanized Brigade were bombed by the state in “accidental (MA)” friendly fire after they drove al Qaeda from Zinjibar and were chasing them down the road. The AQAP counter-offensive occurred in the evening following the state’s bombing the tribesmen, which killed and injured dozens, about 10 km from Zinjiba. The name of the victim beheaded is Sheikh Abdel Mon’em Mohammed Nasser Nakha’i, the Sheikh of all Sheikhs of the Nakhee tribe of the Fahdl clan. Six tribesmen are still unaccounted for.

Several news sites reported the incident, and there was one denial by a purported fellow tribesman on Facebook who said the Sheikh died of three gunshots and was buried in his home town, Amshal. Generally in Yemen, the brutality of the state outpaces that of al Qaeda, for example Ahmed Saleh’s soldiers mutilating tribesmen bodies in Arhab, but this is egregious.

The report from Yaf3 Press hold the government as well as AQAP responsible: “This crime was indicted by a tribal to the security authorities and the Yemeni regime as a major crime joint between Sana’a authority and armed groups (suspected of al-Qaeda) committed against Sheikh Abdel Mon’em Mohammed Nasser Al Nakha’i the sheikh of sheikhs Nakha’i tribe one of the most important and largest tribes of Al-Fadl.” Others hold the Saleh’s plain clothes operatives responsible, and following what happened in Arhab, corpse mutilation, this is also a fair assessment.

Yaf3 Press: Sheikh Nakha’i found slaughtered from vein to vein in common crime and a vehicle in the right. (Read on …)

Yemen Air Force bombs tribesmen who are fighting al Qaeda, kills two army commanders, four soldiers and nine tribesmen

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Islamic Imirate, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 9:39 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011

A Yemeni summarizes, “The Yemeni air force is assisting Ansar Al Shariyah (or AlQaidah) fighters in Abyan by attacking the Tribesmen who are fighting Ansar AlShariyah, and the Army is claiming that the Tribesmen didn’t coordinate with the army about their positions? This could be just another proof that the militia who took over Zinjibar are nothing more than employees with The Yemeni regime using them in times of need.”

The 25th Mechanized Brigade is the unit that was surrounded without reinforcements or resupply for weeks and was ordered by the head of the military’s southern command to surrender to AQAP twice. However with the help of local tribesmen (and the retired southern military), they have largely driven AQAP from Zinjibar. The tribesmen and military battling al Qaeda suffered serious losses when they were bombed by the Yemeni Air Force. Two officers, four soldiers and nine tribesmen were killed, and 18 soldiers wounded in the Air Force’s bombing which they claim was a mistake. Salehs army also blocked the road, preventing the ad hoc force from pursuing the militants driven out of Zinjibar.

The commander of the 25th Mechanized earlier said in an interview that that withdrawing army forces left behind a substantial stockpile of weapons. He alleged a conspiracy to empower AQAP based on the actions of the Defense Ministry and Southern Commander, who by some reports was also instrumental in the suicide car bombing in Aden that killed nine soldiers.

How many of hundreds of times is the US going to be suckered by the Salehs before the light bulb finally comes on? Its gotten to the point the US should bomb the four Hueys recently delivered before they are used in a civilian massacre, and maybe take out the rest of the air force as well: all the Air Force is doing is killing civilians, bombing villages and providing air cover for al Qaeda.

The following is a google translation of al Masdar’s report. (Read on …)

AQAP ransom demand for kidnapped French aid workers

Filed under: 9 hostages, Hadramout, Yemen, aq statements, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 10:01 pm on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ammar wants new toys? There was never a legitimate ransom demand from al Qaeda in Yemen in the past. Its interesting the regime knows the hostages are in good health. But then again, Saleh’s network has many conduits to “al Qaeda.” The French workers were kidnapped after France made a statement urging Saleh to leave the throne immediately.

News 24: Sanaa – Three French aid workers who were kidnapped in southeastern Yemen are held by al-Qaeda members who are seeking a $12m ransom for their release, tribal sources said on Wednesday.
(Read on …)

Tribesmen break siege of 25 Mech in Abyan, Yemen;commander alleges conspiracy to empower al Qaeda in Zinjibar

Filed under: Abyan, USA, Yemen, attacks, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:54 pm on Friday, July 22, 2011

al Sahwa: Yemen’s defected army in collaboration with tribesmen could halt on Friday ba convey of militants heading the southern town of Zinjibar where government troops.

The defected army supported by General Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar could defeat al-Qaeda in many areas in Abyan and cleansed several districts from militants who had grasped areas in Abyan after the Yemeni regime help them control the governorate, local sources affirmed.

Local sources said the defected army along with some tribes had secured the road from Shabwa province to Shaqra in Abyan, a main highway leading to Zinjibar which is still controlled by the militants.

Yemen defected generals had accused President Ali Abdullah Saleh of of letting his forces ease their grip around areas suspected of hosting militants, in order to convince foreign governments that only he stands in the way of a militant takeover.

al Masdar reports a senior commander of the 25th mechanized unit alleges a conspiracy by the Southern Military Command and the Ministry of Defense because a) the 25th was twice ordered to surrender to AQAP, hand over weapons and withdraw, b) they have been besieged for weeks without any support, food or resupply of equipment c) the Defense Ministry refused the US demand two weeks ago to supply weapons and food by helicopter (there’s 4 new Hueys, why not use those?) With the support of Yemeni tribesmen he says, they were able to break the siege and make progress.

Yemeni scholars and clerics demand names of Abyan fighters in statement

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Religious, Tribes, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:53 pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In an appeal letter to vice president Mansour “Hadi,” clerics and intellectuals demand revealing the persons involved in the Abyan battles

ADEN 18 JULY A number of clerics and intellectuals in Delta Abyan located in Abyan governorate, south Yemen sent a message of appeal to the vice president Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi and called on him to take a series of procedures to be taken with regard to the bloody events which are taking place in the Abyan Delta region by the armed jihadists militant groups.

Armies of Liberation obtained a copy of the appeal letter which included five points as follows:

1) We praises the steadfastness of 25 Mica camp and assured our confidence in the ability of the various branches of the armed forces to liberate the Delta region, therefore demand quickly clinch the battle.

2) Accelerate bringing security forces in the city after its liberation to fixing security and preserve what remains of public and private property, that the state shall ensure safe return for displaced persons to their homes.

3) Reveal the names of the elements whom involved in the fighting and looting operations and submit them to the justice.

4) Establishing fund to rebuild the affected cities and villages and make statistics, develop plans and budget necessary to restore the infrastructure of electricity, water, and other services that fund will manage by group of people of the Delta.

5) Compensate those affected in military operation (dead, wounded and private property) and make necessary limitation to them and consider the dead as martyrs.

“Saleh and Al-Qaeda: Who Empowered Who?”

Filed under: 23 ESCAPE, Abyan, Yemen's Lies, guest posts, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:32 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

SANAA, July 15, 2011

Saleh and Al-Qaeda: Who Empowered Who? BY: Nedhal Moqbel

The current Yemeni scene is full of question marks regarding the country’s present and future. Opponents are still protesting in the North, Southerners are maintaining their call for secession, and violent conflicts dominate the situation of this fragile country. Amidst this dilemma, Al-Qaeda has strongly reemerged and taken over Zinjibar, the capital city of the Southern governorate of Abyan, simultaneously extending its control throughout the entire governorate.

President Saleh did send his intended message to prove right his previous warning. “If I quit, Al-Qaeda could take over,” he once said in response to the mass protests in Taiz and Sanaa. There is no doubt that Saleh is replaying the terrorism card in an attempt to protect his reign. Logically, how could a small number of Al-Qaeda fighters, who came down some Abyan mountains, besiege and defeat two prominent brigades in Abyan (25th Mechanized and Al-Amaliqa)? How could they quickly capture Zinjibar and gain control of the government facilities? How can one believe that an entire government, with huge government troops, could fall into the hands of a few hundred fighters?

On the other hand, one wonders how Southern fighters in Radfan, whose number is much larger that of Al-Qaeda militias, have not been able to defeat only two battalions of government troops there. For several months, these fighters, who came from multiple areas to defend Radfan, could not put an end to their fierce battles with the government forces. These troops have besieged the area, frequently shelled it, and fought with all kinds of weapons.

Therefore, what happened in Abyan was not a real battle but an obvious collusion whose outcome was the handing of the governorate to an armed terrorist group. This collusion reveals close ties and mutual benefits between Saleh’s government and Al-Qaeda, which goes back to the 1990s. Several times, Saleh’s government allowed and eased the escape of a countless number of Al-Qaeda inmates from Yemeni prisons. In 2003, for example, eight of those prisoners involved in the Al-Qaeda Cole operation in Aden escaped, and about twenty-two others followed them later. In 2006, twenty-three Al-Qaeda prisoners fled a Sanaa jail, and much more (around sixty-three inmates) escaped last month from a prison in Mukalla.

Plausibly, Saleh and Al-Qaeda have empowered each other for decades. This group sprang from Saleh’s own Republican Palace to be his fundamental card through which he got more Western support and fought his internal enemies. When the world is angry at him, Saleh would imprison his Al-Qaeda men to calm it down. But when he needs them, the world would wake up to news of their escapes.

Youth militias counter Al Qaeda in Yemen; US trained CT forces elsewhere

In yet another demonstration of the total failure of US CT policy in Yemen, the US trained and equipped CT forces are busy countering the peaceful protesters with violence, while untrained government supporters are armed and roughly organized into militias that will fight the terrorists. The state is also highlighting the new training camp that state jihaddists set up under the government’s nose last month, likely the camp at Qauarir Mountain at Moalla, Aden reported here on 6/22.

By Associated Press, Published: July 3
SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say the government has formed special youth militias to prevent militants linked to al-Qaida from gaining a foothold in the strategic southern port city of Aden.

The officials said Sunday there are signs that the presence of al-Qaida linked militants in Aden is growing. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Authorities in Aden spotted a newly created militant training camp, officials say. They have also detected attempts by militants in Aden to store large amounts of weapons and explosives in rented apartments and houses.

Organized jihaddists in Zinjibar, Yemen

Filed under: Abyan, Diplomacy, Post Saleh, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Friday, July 1, 2011

Al Qaeda showing more respect for locals than the US is bad; there should be no comparison. Beyond the drones, Ambassador Feierstein continues meeting with regime officials including military intelligence while ignoring the protesters and their demands. The protest movement nation wide is discussing demanding the US Ambassador’s expulsion from Yemen as a person non grata. This NY Times article accurately covers the Saleh induced developments in Zinjibar.

June 26, 2011
Chaos in Yemen Creates Opening for Islamist Gangs
ADEN, Yemen — The ancient port city of Aden is now virtually surrounded by roving gangs of Islamist militia fighters — some linked to Al Qaeda — who have captured at least two towns, stormed prisons and looted banks and military depots in southern Yemen.

Yet the Yemeni government, still busy fighting unarmed protesters farther north, has done little to stop these jihadists. Members of the military, the police and local officials have fled their posts across much of southern Yemen. The country’s American-trained counterterrorism unit has not been deployed. It is no surprise that many Yemenis believe the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, intended it all to happen. (Read on …)

“Ansar al Sharia” rejects humanitarian cease fire in Abyan

Filed under: Abyan, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:23 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Marib Press reports on demonstrations in Abyan against the militants and negotiations for a humanitarian cease fire. Mediators did not meet any known figures of AQAP and the representatives themselves said they were part of the group Ansar al Sharia. Googlish version:

Mareb Press Ansar al-Sharia and reject any mediation or a truce between them and the army, before the departure of the benefit, and the delivery of Aden, and reports on the presence of a number of (militants).

Exposed to local sources in the governorate of Abyan, the presence of mediation, led, currently, a number of religious leaders from the province, and the Sheikhs of Shibuya, to try to cease fire and truce between the Yemeni army forces, and the jihadi groups in control of the show, in order to allow charitable organizations to reach women and children and civilians trapped in areas of confrontation. (Read on …)

Local reports from Abyan, Yemen indicate Nabi directed by presidential son, Ahmed Saleh; new training camp

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Military, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:40 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The group of state jihaddists in Abyan is headed by Khalidabdul Nabi. Nabi has very strong links to the National Security and regularly works as a mercenary according to other jihaddists, prominent politicians, activists, Yemeni political analysts, local witnesses and all known open source documentation, his own interviews and history going back a decade. The al Qaeda uprising in Abyan is directed and funded by Yemeni counter-terror chiefs, Ammar Ali Saleh and Ahmed Ali Saleh. This new reporting dovetails with the earlier report by Abdullah al Asnag which found that many of the supposed jihaddists are members of the National Security.

Ammar, the de facto head of the Yemeni National Security, was injured in an “auto accident” last Wednesday and taken to al Urdy mil camp hospital. He reportedly has a serious head injury.

One local observer reports the sequence of events as follows: the terrorist group in Abyan is a combination of Ahmed Ali and Amar Ali’s al Qaeda forces plus al Zindani’s jihaddi forces and some of Ali Mohsen’s al Qaeda force; this grouping of so-called “al Qaeda” was attacked (and partially defeated) by the defected military coalition led by General Fisal Ragab along with locals. A division of the army under Ali Mohsen’s command is currently engaged in the battle against militants in the provincial capital of Zinjibar, “to show America that we are serious in the fight against Al Qaeda,” said his spokesman, Abdulghani al-Shumeeri.Then General Ragab’s force, after engaging the militants, was attacked by the government’s military force, naval and air, and the National Security, prompting the withdrawal of Ragab’s forces. The state forces attacked the defected military and southern forces which earlier attacked the “al Qaeda” militants in Zinjibar. ( Video 6/6/11 in Zinjibar shows several dead soldiers lying in the street but its unclear which side they were on.)

New training camp: Witnesses have reported activity at Qauarir Mountain at Moalla, Aden by the al Zindani jihaddi force, where they started some sort of training comp with the knowledge of the government. The phrase “al Zindani jihaddists” is used by many in the south and I am not clear if they are referring to al Iman students or the old school remnants of the Abyan Aden Islamic Army or a combination of both. However through the years there have been several credible reports of new training camps established in the south under the noses (and with the aid of) of the state security forces. Another state operated al Qaeda camp is in wadi Abu Jubarah in Saada.

The real AQAP, al Qaeda of al Wahishi, Awlaki and al Reimi is distinct and, according to some, hasn’t moved, although this interview indicates indicates Awlaki left Shibuya on orders from the authorities, probably right before the US air strike.

AQAP has not disowned the actions of the state jihaddists, as usual, likely because the retention of Saleh is in AQAP’s interests as well. Several terror incidents in the last years were attributed to al Qaeda but likely were false flag operations, carried out by state jihaddists under the supervision of the Yemeni security/intelligence including attacks on foreign nationals.

Meanwhile the residents are paying the price of the these games, with large numbers of citizens displaced from Zinjibar and al Hota. Some men have stayed behind to protect their homes. Photos and video here of the aftermath of the bombing in Ja’ar. AFP reports Yemeni government statements on the battles, over 100 military deaths, an army pull back, as well as missed airstrikes, destroyed homes and civilian casualties since hostilities began three weeks ago.

Medical sources say most of the 200 non-military killed were residents, not militants and not al Qaeda, the National ;

Government raids and US drone attacks in Yemen are focusing on Islamic militant targets in Abyan province, ignoring the more dangerous Al Qaeda stronghold of Shabwa province, a senior defence ministry official said yesterday.

Among the targets has been the Jaar farm of Khaled Abdul Nabi, considered one of the most powerful Islamic militants in Yemen since the early 1990s, according to the interior ministry.

“More than 85 per cent of the fighters killed in Abyan over the last three weeks have not been Al Qaeda members. Militants in Abyan and other areas in the south are well-known Jihadists, but we cannot prove their links to Al Qaeda,” said the official. Last week, the interior ministry said it arrested 10 militants in Aden believed to be fighters with links to Mr Nabi. Qasem Bin Hadi, head of security in Zinjibar, Abyan, said that the majority of the militants killed were terrorists.

“Who said that only Al Qaeda is a terrorist group in Yemen? These militants are causing as much problems for Yemen as Al Qaeda,” Mr Hadi said, adding that Abyan has turned into a ghost town and that clashes between government forces and militants are non-stop.

Yemeni CT chief Ahmed Saleh orchestrating “Al Qaeda” insurgency in Abyan

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 11:44 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In an interview, Herak official Nakhebi said that Gen.Maqwala commander of the South Central Military Region Headquarters in Aden is tasked with carrying out the Saleh scheme to hand over the South to the so called al Qaeda. The following article reports that the Southern Movement is accusing Ahmed Saleh, head of the counter-terror forces, of funding the chaos in Abyan, which is quite likely. Below is a report on a propaganda statement purported to be from “al Qaeda” offering a reward for the murder of listed security officials, illogical on its face. Also a recap of analysis noting that most of the insurgents have military training or attended training camps. And al Masdar reports the former Abyan governor says that the militants are not al Qaeda.

Sahwa Net – Secretary-General of the South has accused the son of the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah, Ahmad, of funding armed groups that affiliate to Al-Qaeda with the aim of dominating South Yemen. (Read on …)

Saleh cronies allow 62 al Qaeda prisoners to “escape” in Hadramout

Filed under: 23 ESCAPE, Hadramout, Security Forces, Yemen's Lies, prisons, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:04 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The escape is one part of the state’s plan of generating al Qaeda chaos. There is a high likelihood that the escape was arranged by the head of the security forces like Ahmed, Saleh’s son or one of the nephews. These officials are also the US’s important partners in counter-terror efforts and have been the recipients of millions in counter-terror funding.

The Saleh regime has repeatedly released al Qaeda prisoners over the years often in exchange for support as mercenaries. Individual jihaddis were released to go fight in Saada, but larger scale escapes and releases (like the 109 released in 2009 or the escape in 2006) are a habitual characteristic of the Saleh regime and generally part of a much larger deal. . The international media is uniformly reporting idiotic statements like this from Fox: Wednesday’s escape was the latest sign that Yemen’s months-long upheaval has emboldened Al Qaeda militants to challenge authorities in the country’s nearly lawless south. No, they are not challenging the authorities but working in concert with them.

Yemen Post: 62 Al-Qaeda Prisoners Escape Yemen Prison
At least 62 suspected al-Qaeda prisoners escaped from the central security prison in the southern city of Mukalla Wednesday morning.

One security personnel was killed as well as a prisoner. The security official said that a number of the escaped prisoners were arrested after coming back from Iraq, where they were fighting American forces. This is considered the biggest prison breakout for suspected al-Qaeda suspects.

Opposition forces are blaming senior military officials with close links to President Saleh for allowing and easing the escape of al-Qaeda prisoners to cause chaos in the south and get more US support and prolong the Saleh regime.

This comes at the time where the assistant secretary of state is visiting Yemen. He said the the majority of the escapees had court sentences of over five years in prison on terror charges.

More to come

Sahwa Net- Well-informed sources have accused a high-ranking military commander close to President Ali Abdullah Saleh of plotting to release Al-Qaeda suspects in Hadhramout governorate. (Read on …)

Bombing Nabi? Since when is Nabi AQAP?

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:11 am on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Since when does Khalidabdul Nabi have transnational reach? Nabi is a long time Saleh operative. If al Nabi is leading the insurgency in Zinjibar, then its only with Saleh’s (and the Four Thugs’) approval and direction. If its the Yemeni government bombing him, its 100% a propaganda ploy. In 2009, al Nabi was on the side of the state in the intra-jihaddidi battle for Ja’ar and well paid for his efforts. It is as Yemeni analysts have said: Saleh pulled back his forces and opened the door in order to create chaos. Saleh said in a self-fulfilling speech that “al Qaeda” will take over four provinces without him.

Nabi said in an interview in 2005, after SAleh returned from visiting Bush, that he is only jailed when Saleh wants to impress the US and for future use against Saleh’s opponents. However if Nabi has linked up his extensive yet localized group of militants with AQAP, it would be a concern, if only for the new pool of US citizens that AQAP would have access to. But Nabi, as he has been for the last decade, is a domestic extremist only interested in imposing his version of strict Sharia on a community. Nabi is like the Taliban to Yemen’s al Qaeda. Nabi has very strong ties to the Yemeni security and intelligence services and acts as a mercenary regularly. Maybe the goal is to wipe out Saleh’s (and Mohsen’s) army of militants that the US ignored, excused and tolerated (and funded) for years as they were used to threaten the west with false flag terror attacks and other elaborate propaganda ploys.

The kidnapping of the two French citizens, like the Germans kidnapped two years ago, like the attacks on the UK ambassador, are state sanctioned terror acts. And instead of bombing the palace, the US is bombing Nabi. Is anybody with a beard fair game? Many of Yemen’s militants spent time fighting in the state sponsored jihad in Saada, including Nabi, as the US was allied with Saleh and condoned the collective punishment of an entire province. In Saada, the military was indoctrinated in hard core takfiri Salifism and soldiers were told Houthi blood is free. Suddenly the US is turning on its former allies by association, the previously acceptable “tribal paramilitaries” are now al Qaeda militants and subject to assassination. Its extremely inconsistent. They are all on the state payroll.

Al Harithy Jr., killed in a drone strike this month, had fought in Iraq and was not sanctioned by Yemeni court for those murderous activities. There was no strenuous objection from the US in 2007 at the time of his sentence. At the same time, the US military is staking US national security to the al Qaeda infested Yemeni security services led by Saleh’s relatives. I’ve previously published the names of the members of the counter-terror units who are also affiliated with al Qaeda. Secretary Gates had no post-Saleh planning as the US disrupted, and continues to disrupt, the progress of the Yemeni revolution. Yemen is a complex environment that requires a multi-pronged approach to vanquish al Qaeda, step for step nearly the exact opposite of current and prior US policy. To paraphrase al Asnag, continued US support for murderous criminals is severely alienating the rest of the nation.
Governmental war planes bombarded the farms and property of wanted Islamic militant leader Khaled Abdul Nabi in Jaar, Abyan.

Abdul Nabi has been considered the most powerful Islamic militant in Yemen since the late 1990’s. This is the first time the government raid him directly.

Clashes have been ongoing in the province for the last seven hours and officials in Abyan said that three civilians have been killed in today’s raids.

Over the last two weeks of clashes in Abyan, more than 200 people have been killed, a number of them due to US drone attacks.

Ja’ar residents protest infiltration of “Al Qaeda”; 18 US drone strikes mostly miss

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Counter-terror, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:37 am on Sunday, June 19, 2011

From the Yemen Post:

A US drone attack took place in Jaar, Abyan, on Saturday injuring six civilians. Eyewitnesses said the attack was expected to be targeting senior Jihadists in the area. No al-Qaeda members were hurt in the attack.Most of the attacks in Abyan have resulted in injuring wrong targets this month. At least 18 US drone attacks have taken place in June, in the highest foreign attack toll on Yemen lands in recent history.

The US is bombing and missing although there is supposed to be a better intelligence stream. In 2009, General Patraeus said the Bedouin locals killed in Abyan by a US missile strike were providing material support to al Qaeda by selling them food, implying the 42 civilians killed weren’t really civilians, and overlooking they had complained about the AQ infiltration to local authorities. What is one supposed to do when al Qaeda moves in? In this case, the residents are actively protesting.

Dawn ADEN, Yemen: Hundreds of residents of a southern Yemeni town in which al Qaeda has embedded itself called on Friday for the departure of the Islamic militants from their neighbourhood, an official said.

“Hundreds of residents of Jaar gathered in front of the town’s mosque to show their opposition to armed groups with links to al Qaeda,” Mohsen Salem Said, a member of the municipal council, told AFP.

He said residents “demanded that these armed men leave Jaar, so it does not befallen the same fate as Zinjibar,” a neighbouring town in Abyan province.

Hundreds of men presumed to be connected to al Qaeda on May 29 took control of Zinjibar after battles with the Yemeni army in which 140 people died, including about 80 soldiers. (Read on …)

More weapons distributed by Saleh loyalist officials

Filed under: Military, Post Saleh, Proliferation, Yemen, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 4:03 pm on Sunday, June 12, 2011

A lot of the weapons will likely be sold into the black market for food money. The weapons were destined for the military but they were diverted to para-military forces.

Al Sahwa

Sahwa Net- The commander of the Air Forces Mohammad Saleh Al-Ahmar has distributed 13500 pieces for thugs, loyal to the regime, well-informed sources told Sahwa Net. The sources affirmed that Al-Ahmar, half-brother of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was supposed to distribute 25,000 pieces of AK-47 to arm soldiers and officers of the Air Forces, but that did not happen.

They affirmed that some officers of the Air Forces held a meeting with Al-Ahmrar a week ago and they were promised to receive the weapons, but his promises has not been fulfilled. Meanwhile, dozens of the Air Forces’ officials carried out last week an open strike, demanding to have their financial dues.

Al Qaeda operative Amar al Waeli killed in Abyan, Yemen?

Filed under: Abyan, Marib, Military, Security Forces, Yemen's Lies, obits, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:10 am on Friday, June 10, 2011

To my recollection, a search here on Ammar al Waeli will likely lead to the following history. Al Waeli was the subject of a 2002 FBI seeking info alert generated by an associate of Fawaz al Rabie, killed in 2006. Al Waeli was seen by eyewitnesses on a rooftop in Saada City exhorting residents against the Houthis during the sixth war (2010) while Ali Mohsen’s troops chewed qat. Al Waeli was also involved in the 2009 plot against Saudi CT chief Prince Naif along with Naif al Qatahani. Al Waeli, along with Hamza al Dyanai was allegedly instrumental in the 2007 murder of eight Spanish tourists and two Yemenis in Marib in a suicide bombing by the (also deceased) Hamza al Qaiti group.

Al Waeli was convicted on terror charges in March. My assumption at the time was he was tried in absentia although the Saleh regime didn’t mention that part. Now in theory he is killed exiting Zinjibar, echoing some southerners reports of the RG attacking fleeing residents. Just keep in mind, Qasim al Reimi was reported dead three times by the Saleh regime. Al Waeli was also reported as killed in Jan 2010. Its important to note that different aspects of the Yemeni regime have relations with different groups of jihaddist mercenaries or state jihaddists as I call them, like al Nabi.

The Jaber al Shabwanis are possibly relatives but certainly tribesmen of the tribal sheik/assistant governor of Marib Jaber al Shabwani who was killed in an errant air strike (by who is still a question, in Marib some insist it was a Yemeni plane) as he was en route to negotiate al Qaeda surrenders. Ali Mohsen said recently Saleh orchestrated the hit on Sheik Shabwani. The sheik was the brother of Ayyed al Shabwani, a know al Qaeda operative.

al Motamar

The source made clear that a number of the organisation leaderships and its dangerous elements have been killed in qualitative operations by army men from brigade 201 and mechanized brigade 35 while those elements were fleeing Zanjibar city.

The source added that the operations led to the killing of terrorist Amar Abada al-Waeli, one of the most dangerous leaders of al-Qaeda organisation and with him seven other elements in addition to killing the terrorist Abu Ali al-Harithi , a leading element in Shabwa province , terrorist Abu Ayman al-Masri , media official in the organisation , terrorist Ali Saleh Farhan ‘amir of the organisation in Mareb province an a number of terrorist elements that came from Mareb province , among them the terrorist Mabkhout Ali Jaber al-Shuwani and wounding his brother Fahad Ali Jaber al-Shuwani .

Yemen Wed June 8, updates: Proxy War in Abyan

Late update: Saleh: late night in Sanaa and Taiz, over two hours of heavy gunfire so far from pro-Saleh forces shooting in air at news of his return or good health. Simultaneous in Dhamar, Hadramout. In Aden, govt cars seen shooting live rounds (more celebration?) Over 20 wounded in Sanaa arrive at the field hospital. According to friends in Saudi Arabia, theres no report airing about Saleh’s good health and return, and Mareb Press just retracted the report that Saleh wanted to return in 24 hours. However “celebratory” gunfire continuing for hours already. The RG is going to be cranky tomorrow.

Sanaa: Ali Mohsen meets US, EU ambassadors; forces intercept two attacks on Acting President Hadi’s compound. Reports also disbursed protesters demanding a transition council, near Hadis compound, dozens injured. Vid, al Khaiwani arguing with Askar Zoail, Ali Mohsen’s extremist office manager who incited soldiers with sermons on jihad against the Houthis at a mosque in the fifth Saada war. Al Khaiwani was later nearly kidnapped. Later video indicates Zoali’s forces shooting into the air. See below for Mohsen’s role in Abyan fighting.

JMP: did not meet with Hadi, expect to meet within two days; seek Hadi’s formal declaration that Saleh’s reign is over, threaten to unilaterally create transitional council with protesters.

Protesters: demand transitional council immediately in mass demo, “In Sana’a, a spokesman for the youth-led protesters in the change square outside Sana’a University said, after thousands of people marched Street 60th, they had given a 24-hour deadline for the concerned political parties to form a transitional council otherwise the revolutionaries will do that.”

Taiz: still tense, sporadic clashes on the outskirts of town. The Al Qaeda district is the name of the suburb, not a AQAP hideout. Three killed Maweah and Thikra

Ibb : YP: Government forces clashed with armed tribesmen in Qaeda district, Ibb province, 30 miles off Taiz province. According to the tribesmen, the goal of the tribes is to get rid of all government forces attacking the people. “Security forces are now using this lawless time in the country to loot and attack civilians. We will not allow our people to be attacked and will ensure that they are safe from any attacks from pro govt thugs,” said a tribal fighter.

Hodiedah: roads leading in blocked by pro-Saleh thugs.

Saudi Arabia, “Yemen’s neighbor and the biggest GCC country, said after a June 6 Cabinet meeting chaired by King Abdullah that the proposal is still viable, and called on Saleh to accept it. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, will also send Yemen 3 million barrels of oil to alleviate fuel shortages, Yemen’s state news agency Saba reported yesterday.” ( SFgate)

Saada: Mass protests in favor of the end of the regime and against all plots on the rev.

UNICEF: Yemen facing humanitarian disaster.

State Department briefing; must read

AQAP: a decent analysis at Foreign Affairs of relation between tribes and AQAP and prospect in the post-rev phase.

Zinjibar: reduced to “hell” with fighting among unclear sides: < <"There is a cat-and-mouse game going on in the streets now between the army and armed men. I can't tell who's who among them any more,"... The fighting has reduced Zinjibar, once home to more than 50,000 people, to a ghost town without power or running water.>> Most residents of Zinjibar fled to Aden where many are sheltering in public buildings. The Central Security forces of Yahya are attacking the refugees as they flee.

The armed parties appear to be the national military, local tribesmen, local militants (both Saleh’s and Mohsen’s) and the defected army but I’m checking. Update: Gah!!! Armed members of the southern movement also maintaining security on some roads, and for sure they would be described by the regime as al Qaeda. If this is true, southerners carrying arms and creating their own security checkpoints outside local villages in various governorates, its new. (I deleted the areas where they are deployed or the regime will start bombing them.) It needs to be double checked. But being rebuffed after asking to coordinate security with the international community leaves few options. However as security fails, its likely the Southern Movement will reject new deployments by either Saleh’s forces or Mohsen’s forces. The only possibility is Aliwi who has a better reputation in the south than Hadi (as unlike Hadi he didnt attack civilians in the 1986 civil war, according to local lore.) And Mohsen is Mohsen.

Abyan: Local direct reports indicate military airplanes dropped two bombs today recently. Vid here of warplanes that bombed Abyan City, per local sources.

Another says the attack was on tribesmen who took up arms in the face of military assaults. “Ms. Novak – Greetings – I would like to clarify what is happening today in the province of pilgrimage in southern Yemen as a witness elders – the army is firing different weapons on the housing Almutnyen and Batalli tribes touched by the bombing respond and of these forces and drops dead from both sides.” Still no names on the militants leaders, but likely remnants of the localized jihaddist group AAIA operating under another new name. Upon asking, it seems that most discussions on southern forums regarding Zinjibar are operating on the assumption (as am I) that Khaledabul Nabi* is leading the jihaddists in Abyan but no eye witness confirmation. Ja’ar and Zinjibar are close enough. In 2009, Nabi was fighting on the side of Saleh in the battle of Ja’ar, another jihaddist proxy war.

Update, Southern Yemen: Ali Mohsen’s forces are in Abyan, see YT article Rebel soldiers engage militants, but are described below as “gunmen” so these could be the jihaddists as well. Majority of Mohsen’s soldiers are either graduates of Iman Univ or loyal to Zindani, per local buzz. The defected military issued a statement though that they were going to intervene in Abyan as military, and that may be what is triggering an armed (defensive) response by the southern movement if there is indeed an armed response. When the article below talks about forces loyal to Islah, it sounds like they mean armed militants loyal to Mohsen and Zindani. Maybe this is what Nuba meant by an invasion of Zindanis forces.

So Abyan could be a proxy war between Saleh and Mohsen with both sides using militants and military men and equipment. and the southerners who take defensive positions attacked by both. Now I really have a headache. Saada source comments, “That’s exactly whats happening with al Jawf,” and likely why the Houthis are fighting there, as a defensive measure.

Al Jawf/ Marib: Battles reported and continue over last months between Houthis and “Islahis” in conjunction with Mohsen’s forces, with back up from pro-Saleh forces according to news and local sources. Explains positioning of large amounts of troops there. Both the Mohsen forces and Saleh forces, militants and military, are fighting the Houthis in rotation. These developments bring into question both Mohsen’s alleged reformation and his commitment to the youth rev goals. Maybe he is just out to finally wipe out the Houthis and the Southerners. Clarification: There’s no troops on the al jawf/Saada border. Troops and militias of both Saleh (Republican Guards and militias) and Mohsen’s army and militias are on the border of Aljawf/Mareb and also inside both Aljawf and Mareb. There’s quite a number of troops in Saada but they are non-combative.

Yaf3press: Lapin: genocide and the destruction of cities, “Zanzibar and Jaar .. and forces loyal to the Reform Party (ed-Islah) and Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar involved in control of southern Yemen. (Read on …)

Rebel military fighting “al Qaeda” in Abyan, Yemen (not Saleh’s forces)

Filed under: Abyan, Military, other jihaddists, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:12 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Its General Aliwa and the other high level military commanders who defected from Saleh’s army who are coordinating the engagement of the militants in Abyan. The pro-change military are trying to restore stability in Abyan in the security vacuum that arose after Saleh withdrew forces. Possibly another goal is to burnish their CT credentials and commitment, however the western media is reporting it all wrong. The following article outlines the structure and intentions of the defected military commanders. The forces loyal to Saleh are now primarily the Republican Guard, headed by presidential son Ahmed Saleh, which are staking out the palaces in the main cities; some RG units are locked down in their camps in other regions by locals. However there have been high level as well as low level defections from the RG. The residents displaced by the militants’ take-over exceed the 20,000 estimated by the UN; some are living in schools in Aden.

Rebel soldiers engage Abyan militants, Yemen Times: SANA’A, June 1 — The Yemeni army has continued its military operations against armed Islamists in Zinjibar, the capital of the Abyan Governorate, where the alleged members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of the city last Saturday amidst local suspicion that Saleh was responsible of handing over the area to such “terrorist groups”.

Defected military generals issued their first statement on Sunday stating, “Saleh is trying to divide the military forces in Yemen by leaving Abyan governorate to terrorists and to scream about the Al-Qaeda threat to the international community, with the aim of quelling the popular uprisings demanding Saleh’s departure.”

General Abdullah Ali Aliwa, former Minister of Defense, Major Hussein Arab, former Minister of Interior, Major General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, commanders of Yemen’s northwestern region and General Mohamed Ali Mohsen, leader of the eastern area were the top defected military figures who signed the statement.

They vowed, “We will not let Saleh use the army to achieve his ill-dream and will pay for his malfeasance.”

They also called on their colleagues who are still loyal to Saleh to join them for “the best for their nation.”

Saleh’s media sources say that the Islamists who took over Abyan are “members of Al-Qaeda and they benefit from any instability to establish their Islamic state.”

However until now, the armed groups have not yet unveiled their identity. They currently occupy two governmental buildings and carry out raids on security headquarters, targeting soldiers coming from other camps to fight against them.

Taiz: tank shells area near palace, hits residential area, kills 3 kids, 1 adult

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen's Lies, other jihaddists, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:54 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The fighting in Taiz is largely between the pro and anti governmental factions of Brigade 33 along with some civilian volunteers, not a tribe. Taiz is not a tribal area, only about 40% of Yemen is tribal.
The military/ security forces fell back from major areas but have not left the city. Al Sahwa and ohter local reporting indicates the shell was fired by the Republican Guard forces headed by Saleh’s son Ahmed.

The situation in Abyan continues to flare, 15 killed, often getting greater attention than anything else in Yemen because of the AQ packaging to the media. The opposition continues to insist its another of Saleh’s elaborate ploys: pulling back security, giving the green light to some of the state’s cadre of loyalist jihaddists and then sending the army in small numbers to be overwhelmed. While the situation remains unclear, there is no doubt that Saleh has the requisite lack of ethics required to send Yemeni soldiers to be slaughtered in order to gain a favorable sounding scroll on the cable news tickers. A good overview here at Muftah of basic fragmentation and groupings in Yemen.

MSNBC: Clashes killed 19 people, including three children, in two Yemeni provinces, military and medical officials said Tuesday.
(Read on …)

General Nuba writes the UN, GCC imploring to coordinate on security issues in southern Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:58 pm on Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mr. / Secretary General of the United Nations, Esquire
M / permanent members of the UN Security Council, Distinguished
Mr. / Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Esquire
Sirs / members of the GCC, Distinguished

After greeting:

Subject: keeping security in southern Yemen

We are pleased to send vest regards and wish you continued good health and
Success in your grave work. As you are aware the current situation in Yemen, and South Yemen in particular, could be leading up to the stages total collapse. Which leads to the formation of discussion of the seriousness of the situation on the local, regional and international as well as on the lines of international navigation in the Gulf of Aden.

We would like to extend to you a proposal to request material to us, and through which we can cover security issues in South Yemen and maintain the security and stability in the region, and the international corridor, and this Itati through Tkdmoh who support us.

We are hopeful and confident of your agreement to our proposal for the benefits of everyone.

Yours sincerely.

Brigadier General / Nasser Ali Al Nubia

President of the Supreme National Commission for the independence of the South.
President of the Supreme Coordination Council of the Assemblies of the retirees military and security officials and civilians

Issued in Shabwah on 03/04/2011

(Read on …)

Islamic Emirate in Shabwa, Yemen? A seaport in Abyan and militants with links to Islamists

Filed under: Abyan, Lahj, Yemen, other jihaddists, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:49 am on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Certainly in the security vacuum created by the stalled revolution, militants who believe in strict Sharia would try to impose their will on local populations. The pull back of the trained CT units prior to the fall of Abyan to Saleh’s cadre of militants does give rise to questions. As far as I know, AQAP never claimed to have taken over Zanzibar despite widespread media reporting. There was an announcement on the radio station and maybe some internet something. But nothing by Wahishi confirming or denying. The last thing attributed to them as AQAP was a call to AFP by an anonymous leader after bin Laden’s death promising revenge. According to residents, there’s some jihaddists in Azzan, Shabwa but they only come out at night. The reporting from the Chinese news agency though is a serous overstatement and the “local official” quoted is spinning Saleh’s propaganda.

Xinhuanet SANAA, June 1 (Xinhua) — Al-Qaida’s regional branch in Yemen took control over another large city in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa on Wednesday, a week after they controlled the southern Abyan province, local officials and residents said. (Read on …)

Militants in Abyan, Yemen are not AQAP, cause humanitarian crisis

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:03 am on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Update: 1) UNHCHR 20,000 internally displaced displaced by the fighting. 2) Residents report severe water shortage, roads cut.

original: So I’m the only one who recalls Saleh’s long time stooge Khalidabdul Nabi ( al Nabi background here) and all that blah blah about reviving the Aden Abyan Islamic Army to establish an Islamic Emirate. As recently as 48 hours ago the USG was talking about AQAP in Abyan. Is it shorthand for any jihaddist, a scare tactic or ignorance? The militants in Abyan are historically more likely to be state jihaddists than the Wahishi death cult. Saleh has corrupted everything in Yemen including its jihaddists.

See 12/28/09 “Nabi calls for an Islamist state in Yemen.” Do we recall the January 09 face to face meeting with Saleh and Nabi and others that culminated in the Feb 09 release of the 109 aged members of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army (as the Yemeni embassy described them at the time, making quite clear at the time they were not al Qaeda). For names of the attendees, see here. There was also a large chunk of cash that changed hands at the time. Earlier on Khanfar, Abyan.

DW “Saleh is known for the creative use of chaos as a means of control, and has pitted jihadists against the South before, so it could be a strategy,” Professor Sheila Carapico, a Yemen expert at the University of Richmond and the American University in Cairo, told Deutsche Welle….Yemen’s elite, American-trained counterterrorism units had been engaging AQAP elements in fierce clashes throughout the region in recent months but were pulled out of Abyan just days before the AQAP raid on Zinjibar took place. Reports from Zinjibar claimed that the militants were unopposed and took over the city without a shot being fired, an unusual event given the severity of combat that had taken place between government forces and militants in the preceding weeks.

Local residents in Zinjibar also claim that, far from being hardcore AQAP fighters, the militants were members of the estimated 300-strong Ansar al-Sharia movement, a group of local tribesman committed to setting up a fundamentalist state in the south of Yemen, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Ansar al-Sharia is thought to have no connections with the protestors in the capital Sanaa or the opposition forces battling his troops elsewhere in the country.

Other reporting (Read on …)

SOHR: indiscriminate bombing by the Yemeni military in Zanjibar, Ja’ar, al Kaud

Filed under: Abyan, Protest Fatalities, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Monday, May 30, 2011

Southern Observatory for Human Rights issues distress call to Red Cross and international orgs. Yemen packages it as six civilians were killed and nine others were wounded on Sunday when Yemeni military forces shelled al-Qaida hideouts. They are suddenly fighting al Qaeda now, from the air after withdrawing forces.

Distress call to the international organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross

May 30, 2011

Sirs and madams in the international organizations and the International Committee of the International Red Cross

The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) presents its best compliments to you. And it appeals you in an urgent way that does not bear waiting or delaying to meet some demands, since the fact that there are many people of the south are exposed to murder, torture and seizure till this very moment by the Yemeni forces stationed in Abyan, southern Yemen.

According to our own sources that the cities of Zanzibar, Al-Kaud, and Ja’ar are subjected to indiscriminate bombing by the Yemeni military forces stationed in the region, resulting in the death and wounding of dozens of citizens, including many women and children. (Read on …)

Dictator’s forces kill four, shoot 90 in Taiz, Update artillery fired on protesters, Update 2: ongoing, tents burnt, corpses stolen, injured trapped

Filed under: Abyan, Military, Protest Fatalities, Security Forces, Taiz, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011

51, the deaths so far are tallied at 51, but many corpses and injured were kidnapped by the security forces. The water cannons shot petrol or gas on the protesters tents at 3 am while they were still inside, many burned. Charred bodies of children and the disabled were discovered this morning. Details and sniper videos below the fold.

Summary from the YT:Taiz, May 30 – A group of security force soldiers have raided the protest camp in the heart of Taiz city, known as the “Freedom Square”, at 3:00 AM on Sunday, 30 May, killing dozens of people and injuring others.

The loyalist soldiers attacked the square from all directions and gunmen in police and plain clothes shoot at protesters from the roofs of surrounding buildings. (Read on …)

Zanjibar, Abyan under bombardment: residents, Update: Arhab

Filed under: Abyan, Sana'a, War Crimes, Yemen's Lies, reconfigurations, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:46 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011
Urgent message to Human Rights Organizations

The city of Zinjibar in the Province of Abyan in Yemen is under heavy bombardment that includes large bombs and rockets, fired on them by the Government forces of the Yemeni Regime. Various reports indicate that there are dozens of civilians are under the rubber of their homes and bodies scattered in the streets of the city. The residents of the city are calling for immediate help to stop the atrocities against them which are being carried out in the pretext of fighting “AlQadia”. They need, on urgent bases humanitarian aid of food & medical assistance and most of all protection from the madness of the regime.

Saleh creates the chaos and then bombs it. Typical.

Bombing Arhab now: the 101 brigade is bombarding Arhub area, attempting to rescue the Rep. Guards 26 Brigade, Mareb Press Update: Zindani’s house bombed.

Pro-Change Military in Yemen accuses Saleh of handing Abyan to terrorists

Filed under: Abyan, Military, protest statements, reconfigurations, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011

This is why I have a category “state jihaddists.”

Update with English subtitles:

Al Masdar: The leadership of the armed forces in support of peaceful popular revolution in Yemen Statement No. 1, followed by Major General Abdullah Ali Elewa and former Secretary of Defense (Read on …)

Saleh orchestrated drone attack on Sheikh Shabwani: Mohsen

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, Marib, Military, Tribes, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:18 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Saleh regime topple watch has begun: Tomorrow’s Friday pro-Saleh rally has been canceled and no Saleh speech either. Republican Guard commander defected and called to the troops to join the protests. Tribal mediators working on exit for Saleh after tribes declared Saleh’s blood is free. Tomorrow will be the 16th week of peaceful protests in Yemen, and likely see the largest yet.

Original: After Sheikh Sadiq al Ahmar said today Saleh is leaving Yemen barefoot, Ali Mohsen al Ahmar says Saleh doens’t even have a fig leaf to cover himself with. At Mareb Press Ali Mohsen also said in an interview that Saleh orchestrated the assassination of Sheikh Shabwani in Marib who was thought killed by a US drone. Maybe Saleh deliberately misled the US, like when Saleh gave the Saudi Air Force the coordinates Ali Mohsen’s camp as a Houthi compound. I hope Mohsen keeps talking.

Revealed Mohsen that President Saleh is behind the machinations of the events of the stone that targeted elders Taiz and it is who is behind the events of 13 January 1986 that led to the fighting between factions of the Socialist Party, said: “This feline is raised Vtantha and fueled its horrors among our fellow members of the Socialist , a mastermind of the assassination of Sheikh Jaber Shabwani who sent in the mediation of Marib. “

Saleh really has a long history of killing or jailing mediators. Update: Another phenomenal post in the Trench, small teaser:

This dependency encouraged his bad behavior, antagonized Yemen’s populace, accelerated the revolution, and expanded AQAP’s area of operations. (Read on …)

Zindani trashes secular people on internet, needs dictionary

Filed under: Religious, Sana'a, Yemen, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:10 am on Sunday, May 22, 2011

A secular government is not one that rejects religion but one that protects all people equally to practice whatever religion they believe. Zindani also endorses the GCC proposal as a measure to avoid bloodshed. Update vid on role of Islam in the rev: watch it here.

Al Watan

الزنداني يصف الديمقراطية باللعبة ويهدد دعاة العلمانية Zindani describes the democratic game and threatens the advocates of secularism
السبت, 21-مايو-2011 Saturday, 21 – May -2011
( الوطن ) – دعا القيادي في التجمع اليمني للاصلاح المعارض -رئيس جامعة الايمان الشيخ عبد المجيد الزنداني، الشباب في الساحات وكل القوى السياسية والاجتماعية إلى عدم عرقلة جهود المبادرة الخليجية لتجنيب اليمن مزيدا من الدماء. (Home) – The leader of the Islah opposition – President of the University of faith, Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, young people in the squares and all the political and social forces not to obstruct the efforts of the GCC initiative to spare further bloodshed Yemen. (Read on …)

Abu al Fida discusses UBL death and AQAP, Update: drone attack in Shabwa?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:14 am on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Al Fida was a negotiator on behalf of al Qaeda in Yemen directly with Saleh and al Qamish in 2006, this was pre-AQAP. He was quite pleased with the deal and praised Saleh profusely. Al Fida is currently on the state payroll, a presidential adviser. Several years ago, Al Fida announced on behalf of al Qaeda Central that Saed bin Laden would lead AQ after UBL. There is a high probability Saed was later killed, 2009, but no firm confirmation. Al Fida says here that Zawahiri will likely lead the death cult, following bin Laden’s disposal.

Al Fida’s brother returned to Yemen from Gitmo amid great fanfare. While a very close associate of bin Laden (and the Taliban) in Afghanistan, Al Fida himself (al Feida) is now supposedly reformed; deactivated might be a better word. This article calling him AQAP is misleading. He’s more of an interlocutor. The joke is he says in this interview that the regime is still playing the same games, as demonstrated by Yemen’s announcement last week of a major AQAP kill in Aden. The guy had just been released from prison, al Fida says. As expected, al Fida says that AQAP will not be weakened by the loss of their leader. He’s going to be sadly disappointed.

Update: Also below the air strike that killed two “midlevel” AQAP: A US drone attacked a Saudi Al-Qaeda leader in southern Yemen on Thursday, but missed and killed two local Al-Qaeda members. There was another drone a few weeks ago that may signal an end to the lull after the fiasco in Marib when al Shabwani was killed. Update: Khaled al Qatani surrenders from Yemen it seems to SA where he is MWT #13. Unclear if he is a relative of Mohammed al Qatani. Update: Terror cell captured in Hodeidah with explosive belts 26 Sept says:K.M.M. al-Markadi, N.A.K. al-Nameiri, Kh. M.A. al-Sofi and H.G.A. Mubarak, adding they had confessed to belonging to al Qaeda.

Yemen Times exclusive: AQAP responds to death of bin Laden

Moneer Al-Omari interviewed Al-Qaeda leader Rashad Mohammad Ismail, known widely as Abu Al-Fida, over the phone to discuss several topics including his views about Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s death and the future of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)….

Why has President Saleh threatened that Al-Qaeda will gain influence over Yemen if he is forced out?

Al-Qaeda is a card which Saleh plays when he needs to. It is always a card for weak-minded people. Let me tell you a story in this regard. A person named Waleed Al-Kain’ai has been in jail since 2004. Al-Kain’ai, who was arrested and detained by political security, was never tried or indicted for any crime. Two weeks ago, he was released. While he was in Aden to visit some relatives a few days ago, he was shot dead in the Crater neighborhood. Later, the official authorities announced that their security forces managed to kill the most dangerous Al-Qaeda element in Yemen, though he is not so. How can a person who has been in prison for the last seven years be a dangerous element? (Read on …)

Gen. Ali Mohsen training and arming Al Iman Univ students

Filed under: Education, Military, Yemen, reconfigurations, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:54 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

An unfortunate counterpart to my earlier post about the Saleh regime distributing weapons. Ali Mohsen is such bad news. I have no doubt this is true. This pipeline (from al Iman to Ali Mohsen’s nearby camp) has been in place for years. I wrote about it in 2005 and people thought I was nuts but its all coming out now. A few years ago there were some Somali students who returned and perhaps are with al Shabab now. Also this journalist is among the most professional, independent and neutral in Yemen where most papers are affiliated with a party or cause and spin the news.

Nasser Arrabye; Weapon pieces were and are distributed to sincere supporters of both the largest Islamist opposition party, Islah, and Saleh’s party in the neighborhoods of Sana’a city at least, according to people who already received their weapon pieces over the last few weeks.

Furthermore, about 2,000 students from El Eman fundamentalist University, run by the extremist cleric Abdul Majid Al Zandani, have been receiving weapons and military training in the 1st armored division of the defected general Ali Muhsen, according to some students who believe that doing this is Jihad.

“Yes, we joined training courses with Ali Muhsen about one month ago, now I have my gun and I safeguard as a sentry,” Said the 20-year old student who identified himself only as Jamil.

“I’m very happy to work with a straightforward and devout man like Ali Muhsen,” said Jamil who now works as a sentry close to his university El Eman which is adjacent to 1st armored division of Ali Muhsen at the northern outskirt of the capital Sana’a.

Update: what a lot of flack I got over this post.

Wikileaks reveals US military considers Yemeni intel (PSO) as al Qaeda supporter; Nashiri the early day

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, USS Cole, Yemen, al nashiri, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:02 pm on Friday, April 15, 2011

Yes Nashiri did first meet bin Laden in 1996.

Chicago Tribune: According to the allegations against Nashiri, he met Osama bin Laden in 1996 and joined Al Qaeda two years later. In the fall of 2000, he allegedly recruited others to pilot a small boat filled with bombs into the Cole, setting off an explosion in a Yemeni port, killing 17 U.S. sailors and leaving a 40-foot hole in the ship.

Nashiri, a Saudi, was captured more than a year later, and “admitted he assisted with the plot,” according to the government allegations. He was taken to Guantanamo Bay, one of 779 captives who have been detained there at one time or another. (Read on …)

Abyan jihaddists seek Taliban style state

Filed under: Abyan, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:24 am on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Its not a widespread goal, and the jihaddists note they are ready to follow Saleh, if they are not doing this on his behalf already. The protesters are determined to have a civil state. Update: I’m starting to see a meme develop here, Nasser Arrabyee reports a well known Salafi cleric urges the adoption of Sharia and the retention of Saleh as a solution to the current impasse.

The Salafi cleric Abdul Majid Al Raimi was blasting opposition statements that the new regime after Saleh would be a real partner with the US and western world in combating the terrorism and Al Qaeda.

“The would-be new regime says it would be a sincere partner with the west in combating terrorism and Al Qaeda, and this a big mistake against Islamic faith,” said cleric Abdul Majid Al Raimi in an article published Wednesday.

Al Raimi, who runs a Salafi school in the capital Sana’a, strongly criticized the Yemeni brotherhood Islamist party, Islah, who leads the anti-Saleh protests in the country, for demanding the ouster of Saleh instead of demanding the Shariah, the Islamic laws. He said President Saleh might agree and the crisis would come to an end if the protesters demand the Shariah.

Article is from the quasi-governmental Yemen Observer.

Yemen Observer: The leader of jihadists in Ja’ar who identified himself only as Abu Basir has said that his group holds the same vision and fate of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. (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.

Hamoud al Hittar, head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda rehab, says Saleh insincere

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Ministries, Presidency, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 9, 2011

Just think! If Saleh goes quickly, then maybe Obama can return the Yemeni prisoners and close Gitmo before the presidential election in 2012!

News Yemen: Former minister of endowment Hamoud al-Hittar, who also headed a committee for dialogue with militants in Yemen for years, said President Saleh is not committed to fighting al-Qaeda in the country.

Al-Hittar said that President Saleh uses al-Qaeda threat to blackmail Arab and foreign countries to get more assistance. He said that al-Qaeda in Yemen is only 10 percent of what was reported by official media.

In his speech to almost one million anti-regime protesters in Change Square outside Sana’a University on “Friday of Steadiness”, al-Hittar assured Arab and foreign countries that Yemen will be able to put end to terrorism after the popular revolution succeeds and President Saleh stands down. He also said that Yemen will remain an active partner of the international community in counterterrorism in accordance with Yemen’s constitution, law and international legislation.

Al-Hittar urged Gulf countries to support the popular revolution and could confirm that Yemen will respect relationships with Gulf countries.

Abyan’s Sami Dhayan: State jihaddist, militant, or al Qaeda?

Filed under: Abyan, Yemen, attacks, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:23 pm on Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sami Dhayan? He and Nabi have been Saleh mercenaries for a long time! Sami Dhayan gave an interview about taking money from the Def. Min. to fight for Saleh two years ago during the last “al Qaeda take-over” of Jaar. And Nabi is a state jihaddist for years. How is the US empowering the moderates and residents to deal with the situation? Does the al Qaeda scare tactic help more interests than just Saleh’s? Is somebody’s budget at stake?

Update: A comment: “Family members of mine have seen Khaled Abdulnabi, years ago, being taken by helicopter (ali saleh). Only to have him return with the keys to a late model land cruiser. Tell me, who else has a helicopter in yemen besides ali saleh? No one. He has always been funded by the Yemeni govt. Its like a bad relationship when one spouse can’t c the obvious signs that the other one is in bed with another person.”

Yemen Post: Jihadists denied on Wednesday they had taken over the radio station in Yemen’s southern province of Abayn.
This week local sources said the Jihadist groups clashed with the security and armed forces in Abyan and took control of the station and other public compounds.
Sami Dayan, a spokesman for the Jihadist groups there, said they did not intervene in the tasks of the station staff, but they assigned citizens to guard it after the security forces had left it.
The Jihadist groups also aired from the station that Abyan had been declared an Islamic state, the sources said, amid the escalating protests calling for the ouster of the regime across Yemen.

Claiming (us) – A prominent leader in the Southern Movement and the Vice-Chairman of the mobility of the southern province of Abyan Khaled Alfayyadi in question by a news agency of Aden for Al-Qaeda in the show that “there is no such regulation alleged but that the organization follows the national security issued by the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh from his palace in Sanaa. ” (Read on …)

US counter-terror aid to Yemen comes back to bite in a humanitarian and PR disaster

Filed under: Counter-terror, Security Forces, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:03 pm on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Who is the brain surgeon who couldn’t predict that Saleh would use US counter-terror equipment on civilians well before he used it against al Qaeda? Its really very simple. How often has Saleh attacked and killed civilians over the last five years? Hundreds if not thousands of times. How many times did he attack al Qaeda with the same authentic gusto? Never.

Look at all this lovely stuff shot at the protesters this morning. Photos at al Madsar shows all US made canisters. Security source says some are specially made gasses for CT raids meant to immediately and thoroughly disable and incapacitate during a dangerous raid on a “terrorists nest” and arrived last year in a large shipment meant for the counter-terror forces.

Did somebody peer into Saleh’s eyes and really believe he had reformed from a war criminal into a partner against al Qaeda? Wikileaks is very clear that the US knew that US trained forces were sent to Saada to fight the Houthis well before the decision was made to bump military aid. US military equipment has been diverted all along, and the US knows it, and Congress knows it. Shipping this type of military aid is entirely irresponsible. The statements from the Ambassador, the Embassy and Johan Brennan just inflamed sentiments and hostility by trying to pressure the JMP and others to negotiate with Saleh when everyone knows he won’t keep any promises and he just gassed them. Its a total disaster.

Update: You have got to be kidding me. They need a fully formed, pre-approved functioning government before the US can shift any support from Saleh. And he just dodging the question on the gas by saying the US doesnt have the expertise to determine what was used. If we can make it, and give it to them, we can figure out which one it was and give some advice to the doctors.

The US ambassador to Yemen said Saturday unrest in the Arabian Peninsula country had reached a “dangerous” phase and called for dialogue, as three more people died in anti-regime protests. (Read on …)

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.

Al Shameri, Yemeni ambassador to Egypt, loses 1/2 million dollars in robbery

Filed under: Education, Ministries, Other Countries, Yemen, govt budget, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:03 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

Al Shameri is a very interesting guy, close to Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, with a lot of connections to disparate groups. Supposedly al Shamari was carrying a half million dollars to dole it out to Yemeni students in Egypt but that’s unbelievable.

New Age: Yemen’s ambassador to Egypt was robbed by gunmen, who stole about 594,000 dollars in cash, security sources told the German Press Agency dpa on Wednesday. (Read on …)

Bakersfield man not guilty of smuggling weapons

Filed under: Security Forces, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 2:28 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2011


A Bakersfield man accused of transporting U.S. military equipment to Yemen has been found not guilty four years after he was indicted.

Ibrahim A. Omer had faced 15 years in prison if found guilty. Defense attorney Michael Evan Mitchell said Omer just wants to get on with his life and put this ordeal behind him.

“Oh man, we’re just so excited about (the verdict),” Mitchell said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stanley Boone said he respects the jury’s verdict, which was delivered Monday.

“It’s the best system we have,” Boone said.

Omer and others were indicted in 2006 for allegedly sending secret defense documents obtained from an undercover agent to an individual in Yemen and also trying to sell stolen items such as night-vision goggles, satellite phones and chemical protective suits.

Omer, who owned a shipping business, was accused of transporting the items. Mitchell said Omer was just shipping containers on behalf of a customer.

“I think the big thing was that the jury saw there was no knowledge on his part that he knew what was in the containers he was shipping,” Mitchell said.

Omer is a Sudanese-born, naturalized citizen.

Another defendant in the case, Amen Ahmed Ali, was sentenced in January to five years in prison after pleading no contest to charges including acting as a foreign agent.

An investigation was launched in 2003 after a U.S. Customs officer discovered boxes addressed to Yemen containing bulletproof vests, chemical protective suits and night-vision technology, according to prosecutors. The boxes were being shipped from Long Beach to Yemen.

Ali, a Yemen-born, naturalized U.S. citizen, had lived in Bakersfield for more than 30 years.

Al Qaeda in Yemen executes Col Ali Hosam, PSO officer kidnapped in Saada

Filed under: 9 hostages, Saada War, Security Forces, aq statements, attacks, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:28 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

That is really disgusting, and a sad ending to a complicated story. Col Hossam was kidnapped after the Houthis captured Hussain al Tais in Saada and turned him over to the state. Why didn’t the security forces launch some kind of raid on Abu Jubarah? There were pretty good odds that’s were a lQaeda was holding him, as I wrote at the time. Full details, click here. Update: Now in English:

Yemen Online The Yemen-based al-Qaida wing executed a top intelligence official after Sanaa government refused to swap two al-Qaida detainees for the senior official, a video tape posted by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on the internet on Tuesday said.

“Deputy Director of the Yemeni Political Security Service, Colonel Ali Mohammed Salah al-Husam, was executed, with bullets fired at the back of his head, after he admitted that he had spied on Mujahedeen in the previous years,” they said in the 17-minute videotape. The group said al-Husam was running a network of espionage in Saada for 20 years and had snatched many of al-Qaida-related ideology students and held them incommunicado in prisons.

“The execution of this officer is also a message to those intelligence officers who still work for Sanaa government and the U.S. intelligence agencies,” the group added. Last September, the AQAP set 48 hours for Sanaa government to swap two al-Qaida detainees for al-Husam.

“There will be no way to know the fate of this agent unless the government releases the two brothers, Hussain al-Tais and Mashhour al-Ahdal, within 48 hours,” according to their statement which posted on Sept. 21 website. (Read on …)

Anwar Awlaki sentenced in absentia to 10 years

Filed under: Religious, TI: Internal, Trials, UK amb, Yemen, anwar, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:46 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

The judge said Anwar and his cousin incited the security guard, a member of the security forces, to murder the French engineer.

BBC: A Yemeni court has sentenced a man to death for killing a French contractor near the capital Sanaa last year. The court also sentenced in his absence radical US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to 10 years in jail for aiding the gunman. (Read on …)

Tariq al Fahdli disses exiled southern leaders and burns US, PDRY and Yemeni flags

Filed under: Abyan, Diplomacy, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:20 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tariq al Fahdli striving for relevance again. Update: an interview here at Yemen Today, and he really does sound sick of everybody, calling the exiled southern leaders idols and dinosaurs.

Yemeni former Jihadist burns US flag and ‘dinosaurs’ pictures
By Nasser Arrabyee/20/01/2011
: A controversial Yemeni politician from the south set fire on Wednesday to the American and Yemeni flags and picture of President Saleh, and pictures of the exiled socialist leaders, accusing all those of conspiring against the south.

The feudal lord, and former Jihadist with Osama bin Laden, Sheikh Tarek Al Fadhli said he would lead a revolution to liberate the south from the communists who ruled before unity and also from the “occupiers” of the north as call them. (Read on …)

AQAP has poison capacity: al Faifi

Filed under: AfPak, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Proliferation, UPS bombs, Yemen, attacks, prince, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:27 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011

If so, then why didn’t they add it to the toner cartridges? On the other hand the now deceased Pakistani expert that came a while ago to Marib in theory trained them also on CW as well as explosives.

Znews: Riyadh: Al Qaeda planned to use a powerful poison in a failed attempt to blow up a Saudi deputy interior minister in 2009, a former militant from the terror network said in reports on Wednesday. (Read on …)

Al Kurdi declares willingness to murder southern protesters in the name of unity

Filed under: South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:37 pm on Monday, January 3, 2011

Ali Al Kurdi was appointed the head of the unity brigades in Aden by President Saleh. Al Kurdi has been in and out of jail on terrorism charges. Al Kurdi, an Afghan Arab, announced that his group is ready to engage in suicide bombings against those who agitate against unity and/or oppose President Saleh. He denied receiving funding from the state and that al Qaeda exists in Yemen, calling it a US ploy. The following is a google translation.

Marib Press
He told (Marib Press) that he supported the survival benefit of president for life
Chief of Defence of the unit in Aden: ready to carry out martyrdom operations against militants in the southern movement
الأحد 02 January to January, 2011 at 19:00 / Adan – Marib Press – Abdul Rahman Anis:

Expressed on the Kurdish leader of the so-called “People’s Organization for Defending unity” in Aden governorate, the willingness to implement what he described as “martyrdom operations” against the activists of the southern movement. (Read on …)

Where’s Fahd al Quso?

Filed under: AfPak, Air strike, USA, USS Cole, aq statements, fahd, photos, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:40 pm on Saturday, December 11, 2010


Maybe he’s in Aden at his mum’s house building a bomb in the kitchen, (just random speculation). Fahd was convicted in the USS Cole bombing and granted early release in 2007.

Yemen Observer: Al-Quso is believed to be hiding in the al-Said district of Shabwa, close to the Abyan province border according to Major Mansoor Hadi, security director of the Mayfa district of Shabwa. However, the major was unsure if this location was accurate.

Ahmed Salim abdul Salam, one of ‘Al al-Abdullah bin Dahah Sheikhs in Wadi Rafadh, al-Quso’s hometown, was unaware of his whereabouts.

“He’s not here. They released news about his death and we’re not sure whether he is alive or dead,” said the Sheikh. He also stated that al-Quso, along with Qasim al-Raymi, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, and Said al-Shihri lived in Wadi Rafadh for a period of time following al-Quso’s release in 2007.

“American drones flew over us yesterday and earlier today,” said the Sheikh when asked if he believed that US forces were actively engaged in searching for al-Quso.

Break my heart. He was supposed to be dead in Pakistan. What was that all about?

Bumped: Suicide car bomb targets al Ghadeer procession in al Jawf, Yemen killing 17, Update: Houthis blame US

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Religious, Saada War, TI: Internal, al Jawf, attacks, state jihaddists, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 8:40 am on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The post was bumped because the suicide attack today may be in retaliation for the Houthis capture of Ali Hussain al Tais and other al Qaeda operatives in Saada, which prompted the al Qaeda kidnapping of Sa’ada PSO deputy Ali Abdul Hosam. Maybe. (The regime’s counter-spin was that al Tais, a former Gitmo detainee surrendered.) What it feels like is the bombing of the al Salman mosque which precipitated the fifth Sa’ada war and the kidnapping of the western medical workers, which precipitated the sixth.

Original: In an overt al Qaeda attack on Yemeni civilians, a suicide car bomb targeted an al Ghadeer procession in al Jawf, Yemen. Fatalities are estimated at 24 including two children and a Sheik in his 80’s. The Saada Wars began in 2004 between the al Qaeda infested Yemeni military and a small group of Shia rebels. The sixth war ended in a truce early this year. Hundreds of thousands of Saada residents are still displaced by the fighting, and many are in al Jawf. Al Ghadeer day, a mainstream Shia holiday, was outlawed in Yemen from 2005 through 2008 and many were arrested for their religious observances. Last year some boys lighting firecrackers (a traditional means of celebrating) were arrested in Sana’a. This year Abdelmalik al Houthi issued a statement urging worshipers to take part in celebrations and to conserve their bullets, and not fire into the air.

I’m curious if this bomb matches any other al Qaeda car bombs including the September 2006 twin attacks on the oil installations, the July 2007 al Qaeda attack on the tourists in Marib, the August 2008 car bombing in Sayoun and the September 2008 attack on the US embassy.

An outbreak of intense clashes near the Saudi border between the Houthis and “pro-government tribes” was already straining the truce. While all of al Qaeda’s tactics are deplorable, targeting people who are going to pray is particularly repugnant. This is the first time there has been an open al Qaeda attack on the Houthis, normally they pretend to be soldiers or tribal volunteers. In this case it may be the inverse, soldiers pretending to be al Qaeda. All the lines become blurred in Sa’ada. Unfortunately there are plenty of brainwashed teen-agers to deploy as suicide bombers.

Update: the Houthis blame the US for the crime, seriously. See statement and article below. In another statement to the WaPo, they suspect al Qaeda, but the Houthis think that al Qaeda is a CIA proxy so the statements are not contradictory.

Update 2, 24 dead including two children, CNN: Almasmari said he had spoken to government officials who blamed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni wing of the network calls itself. The officials declined to be named, he said, saying they were not authorized to speak to the media. Almasmari said AQAP recently said the procession was a legitimate target for attack.

Update 3: In retaliation for the Houthis capturing several of the al Tais in August. The Houthis turned them over to the security forces. Al Qaeda then captured the deputy PSO chief in Sa’ada and issued a 48 hour deadline in September. Since then nothing.

YemenOnline.Nov24,2010 – No one claimed immediate responsibility but a tribal leader told Yemen media that Al Qaeda carried out the attack as retaliation against the Houthis for detaining five Al Qaeda operatives earlier this year.The explosion -– believed to have been detonated by a suicide bomber in a car -– targeted Shiite tribesmen on their way to a holy festival, known as Ghadeer, in Jawf province south of the Saudi border. As many as 30 people were injured….Local sources said Islamic militants were likely behind the attack: “Al Qaeda affiliates believe that celebration of Al Ghadeer is not Islamic. The sources said Al Qaeda repeatedly issued fatwas that Al Ghadeer is ‘Bedah’, not (a) truly Islamic occasion to celebrate.”

(Read on …)

Difficulty in gaining intel in Yemen

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, TI: Internal, USA, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:25 pm on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Beware the triple agent, that’s all I have to say.

WSJ: Limited U.S. intelligence experience in Yemen has created “a window of vulnerability” that the U.S. government is “working fast to address,” a senior Obama administration official said. (Read on …)

Zawaheri in Yemen (1990’s) and Nuclear Terror

Filed under: Counter-terror, Religious, TI: External, USA, USS Cole, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:31 am on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Zawaheri spent a lot of time in Yemen in the 1990’s, many of these relationships remain intact. Osama bin Laden was also a frequent visitor. One strong line of thinking in the ME puts bin Laden behind the murder of Azzam. Also we cannot assess AQAP as a new entity that sprung fully formed from the womb of the PSO prison in 2006, without taking into account the context of the prior three decades, and the global inter-relation among various jihaddis and groups, that would be stupid.

Al Qaeda’s Religious Justification of Nuclear Weapons NFB: “This vanguard constitutes the solid base [qaeda in Arabic] for the hoped-for society … We shall continue the jihad no matter how long the way, until the last breath and the last beat of the pulse–or until we see the Islamic state established.”[1] Abdullah Azzam

When legendary jihadist Abdullah Azzam was assassinated under mysterious circumstances in November 1989, suspects in his murder included Osama bin Laden and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. (Read on …)

Bad intel from Yemen to Saudi Arabia promted crisis of confidence

Filed under: Saada War, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, prince, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:53 am on Sunday, November 7, 2010

There have been many false and/or unsubstantiated statements from Yemen to the Saudis, one such incident prompted the canceling of the third donors conference in February 2009 when Yemen had to retract their announcement of seven arrested Saudis. The al Masdar article notes Yemen’s announcement of the arrest of a Saudi financier without notifying the Saudis (and they still have no confirmation) and during the Saada war giving coordinates for the Houthi leadership but really the location was General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar… Part of the difficulty in unpacking the “terror attacks” in and from Yemen is that sometimes different factions of the (Yemeni) royal family acts through their jihaddist proxies.

al Masdar: What is behind the deterioration of the relationship and lack of trust between the security of Yemen and Saudi Arabia?

Along with several other things, the incident revealed “packages” recent deep crisis of confidence between the security of Yemen and the Saudi government, and apparently it is a reflection of the deteriorating relationship between the two regimes, or vice versa. (Read on …)

Another guy thats got to go, al Alimi

Filed under: Local gov, Ministries, Presidency, Security Forces, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:40 am on Sunday, November 7, 2010

Al-Alimi receives EU counterterrorism coordinator

Thursday 04 November 2010, 26 September Net

Deputy Prime Minister for Defence and Security Affairs and Minister of Local Administration Rashad al-Alimi met on Thursday with the European coordinator for counterterrorism M. Gilles de Kerchove. (Read on …)

Yemen: Known al Qaeda operative a member of US trained CT unit

Filed under: Abyan, Security Forces, Tribes, USA, state jihaddists, surrenders — by Jane Novak at 8:01 am on Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This is true, and I’m happy to see it in print in the Wall Street Journal: the US trained counter-terror special forces contain al Qaeda members and sympathizers.

Its not that one al Qaeda operative recently infiltrated, its several and they were part of the unit long before the US stepped up its efforts this year. The PSO, the National Security and the Yemeni military all contain substantial elements of al Qaeda, some at the highest positions. And its hard to call them covert or double agents when they are known, protected and facilitated. The challenge in Yemen is elite support of al Qaeda. From the WSJ, via Youweb, an article that explains the very complex events in Mudiyah and the surrender of the 16.

On Oct. 16, al Mai’aser members (the governor’s tribe) surrounded the home of a man they suspected was a key operative in the ambush (on the governor of Abyan). The Yemeni security official says the man is a known al Qaeda sympathizer who also works as an officer in a U.S.-trained counterterrorism special-forces unit deployed in Mudiyah. The military didn’t return calls seeking comment.

When the suspect refused to surrender, a gunfight broke out; one of al Mai’aser’s rivals was killed and at least six others injured, although not the suspect himself, according to local residents.

A day later, tribal elders intervened to mediate a truce, a discussion that involved local government officials and military personnel who were also members of the two tribes. By Oct. 28, in a deal brokered by the tribal mediation, 14 men had surrendered to the governor for their alleged role in the attack on his convoy. The men were taken into tribal custody, to be dealt with under the rules of tribal justice.

Late Monday, the governor announced the 14 men would be handed over to Yemen’s security agency—apparently breaking the tribal guarantees given to the men to surrender.

Update: Those with good will are to be released…

Yemen Post: Abyan Governor Ahmed Al-Maisari said on Monday that 14 Al-Qaeda members handed themselves in to the authorities after they had been convinced by the local government and sheikhs. 5 Al-Qaeda leaders were among the 14 including Jamal Nuairan, said the governor, adding: “We also arrested 3 other terrorists.” — They would be sent to the political security prison in Aden and their investigations would be completed, he said, pointing out that anyone of them would be found guilty of committing illegal acts would be turned over to justice. But those with good-will will be released and rehabilitated, he added, as he said the authorities are continuing a hunt for other terrorist elements.

Al Qaeda in Saada, Abu Juabarah, May Execute Kidnapped PSO Cmdr

Filed under: 3 security, 9 hostages, Counter-terror, Sa'ada, Security Forces, Yemen, abu jubarah, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:09 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010

This must mean that Hussain al Taiz is still in custody. Earlier reporting here. If Ammar al Waeli is in Abu Jabarah, along with other top level terrorists, why doesn’t the military launch a raid on the training camp? Oh wait, the military subcontracts their services on a regular basis.

Al Tagheer: قال مصدر أمني بمحافظة صعدة اليمنية ، فضل عدم ذكر اسمه لـ ” التغيير ” ، اليوم الاثنين ، إنه قلق بشان تردد أنباء عن اعتزام عناصر القاعدة تنفيذ حكم الإعدام بحق العقيد علي محمد الحسام نائب مدير الأمن السياسي الذي يعاني من وضع صحي حرج ، خلال الـ 24 ساعة القادمة . A security source said the Yemeni province of Saada, who preferred anonymity for “change”, on Monday, he was concerned about the reports about Al-Qaeda’s intention to implement the death sentence against Colonel Ali Hussam Mohammed, deputy director of political security, who is suffering from critical health status, during the 24 the next hour. (Read on …)

Abu al Feida’s Jihad Think Tank: hidden hands of western zionists plot against Arab countries

Filed under: Yemen, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:10 pm on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Abu al Feida, Rasheed Mohammed Saed, is an al Qaeda expert because he is a friend of bin Laden

Mareb Press:

تساءل الدكتور عبدالله الزرقة في ورقة قدمها في ندوة أقامها منتدى إب الثقافي بمدينة إب، عن المنهجية التي يتبعها التنظيم و الايدولوجية التي ينطلق منها، معتبرا ما يقوم به التنظيم من استهداف لرجال الدولة امر لا يمت للاسلام بصلة. Asked Dr Abdullah blue in a paper presented at a symposium hosted by Forum Eb Eb cultural city, on the methodology followed by the organization and ideology from which, considering what the organization of the targeting of statesmen is not related with Islam. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda planned Saudi attack during Saada War, undead Naif Qatani along with Ammar al Waeli

Filed under: Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Hadramout, Sa'ada, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, abu jubarah, personalities, prince, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:11 am on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ammar Al Waeli is apparently multi-tasking in Saada, plotting with Qatani on Saudi while fighting the Houthis for Saleh. Naif al Qatani was reported dead in May by Abdulelah Shaea, normally a credible source on AQAP. The US sanctioned Qatani the same week. The attack was planned for 12/09, about the same time that the US resumed air strikes after a seven year lull.

Al Qaeda Planned to Attack Saudi Arabia during Saudi – Huthi Conflict – Report 21/10/2010
Awasat: Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- Documents obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat reveal that Saudi Arabian national, Ahmed Abdel Aziz al-Jasser – who Yemen yesterday offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest – was planning to carry out a terrorist operation on Saudi soil during the conflict that took place between the Saudi military and the Huthi insurgents in late 2009. These documents also reveal that al-Jasser was working with 4 other Saudi nationals whose names are included on the Saudi Arabian list of 85 suspected militants wanted around the world. (Read on …)

Assassinations in Yemen: History Repeats Itself

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, Hadramout, Security Forces, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:58 am on Friday, October 15, 2010

Update: death toll of convoy ambush rises to five.

In 1993 through May of 1994, over 150 Yemeni Socialist Party officials were assassinated. The attacks were thought organized by Yemen’s Central Security forces, then headed by President Saleh’s brother, Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, who is now deceased. The president’s son Ahmed now heads the CSF. The 1993 assassinations were the work of the Afghan Arabs who had returned to Yemen following the Soviet defeat. In return for the attacks, the Saleh regime had promised the al Qaeda leadership to install a more fundamentalist, neo-Salafi doctrine on the nation. The deal went from General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar to Usama bin Laden. This is well documented history. Likely not all of the assassins knew the terms of the deal or even that there was a deal. The rationale of the supposed apostasy of socialists was enough for their leaders to motivate the hit men. The string of murders then looks very similar to what is going on now in the south of Yemen, where dozens of security officers have been killed, primarily from the Political Security Organization.

The policy of diversion through crisis generation has worked well for Saleh for a long time. The failure of the state to achieve any noticeable progress against AQAP since December may be due to its fragmentation, incompetence and corruption. Often when the Yemeni government fails at implementing even the most basic policy, it is because competing intra-governmental interests are threatened. In Yemen, generally, different militant factions liaise and negotiate with different government intermediaries and presidential relatives. The 2009 battle of Ja’ar was largely a red on red confrontation where the state’s jihaddists including al Nabi fought other jihaddists to return control to the state’s designated proxy. The string of current assassinations targets largely the PSO. Some southerners suggest its a purge. Most people though interpret the bloodbath as hostilities between AQAP and the state, specifically al Qamish, head of the PSO. The last news article about direct state facilitation of AQAP (al-Wahishi) was last year when he was helped out by members of the National Security. (If I have time, I’ll try to find the link to the article. Its posted here somewhere.) The external landscape evolved significantly since then. Currently some element of the state is at war with some element of AQAP. Its the status of the other elements that is unclear.

CNN: Al Qaeda in Yemen is suspected of being behind three separate attacks that have targeted Yemeni security officials, according to a government official.

“In the past 72 hours, there have been three attacks in the south of the country,” the Yemeni official, who was not authorized to speak to the media, said Thursday. “The attacks are getting worse and the scene is getting bloodier.” (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 …)

Former Yemeni presidents say al Qaeda in Yemen is backed by the authority

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2010

ي بيان مشترك للرئيسين علي ناصر والعطاس: القاعدة صنيعة السلطة ونطالب بلجنة دولية لتقصى الحقائق في شبوة In a joint statement of Presidents Nasser and Ali Alatas: Al-Qaida is backed by the Authority and the Commission call for an international fact-finding in Shibuya al Tagheer

Ali Nasser Muhammad, Haidar Abu Bakr Al-Attas and ministers Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Saleh Obaid Ahmed, in a joint statement today what was done by Yemeni security forces in the town of Al بمحافظة شبوة , وحملة الاعتقالات الواسعة لقيادات ونشطاء Shabwa, and the campaign of mass arrests of leaders and activists الحراك السلمي في محافظتى عدن ولحج. Peaceful movement in the provinces of Aden and the pilgrimage…متهما السلطة بانها:”تفرخ وتدرب عناصر مفترضة للقاعدة وترسلها للجنوب لخلق الذريعة لنفسها ، مستغفلة الرأي العام المحلى Authority, accusing it: “spawn and trained elements of suspected Al-Qaeda and sent to the South to create pretext for itself, Mstgvlp domestic public opinion والاقليمى والدولى، لضرب الحراك الجنوبى السلمى “. حد تعبر البيان . And regional and international, to hit the southern movement’s peaceful. “Fairly reflect the statement.

Updated: Nabi doesn’t know which agency is behind attacks on Policital Security, but its not him.

Filed under: Abyan, aq statements, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:16 am on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Khalidabdul Nabi denies the reports published that he entered into another deal with the Saleh regime to calm the situation in Abyan before the Gulf 20 games. He says his band is not behind the attacks on the Political Security officers in Abyan. The perpetrators are likely tribal, partisan or the state, he says, but he’s not sure which. The name of his group, the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, is from the Koran and no one should take offense.

A better translation of the last part thanks to Jassim Mohammed, and yes, they are all intelligence officers: “Over the years, sharp differences emerged between him and the intelligence services in the province and shows those differences and reaffirmed the continuation of these differences because of the state « The state took his money and overturned all agreement of promises with him». Its good to mention that abd Al- Nabi and big numbers who had been in Afghanstan are now officers in Intelligence and currently occupy high positions and as managers have been deployed in the provinces of Lehej and Abyan.”

aha, Asharq al Awasat

Sanaa, Asharq Al-Awsat- Sheikh Khalid Abdul-Nabi, A prominent Yemeni jihadist leader and head of the banned Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, has denied any connection to the assassinations that have been taking place for the last three months in Abyan Governorate, in southern Yemen, which has targeted officers of the Political Security Agency (intelligence) and other security men.

In a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, Abdul-Nabi said that these assassinations are “illogical” and that he does not specifically know the party or parties behind them. He added that these assassinations were “probably tribal or partisan vendetta. I do not know whether the Southern Mobility Movement [SMM] or the state was behind these assassinations.” (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 …)

Ammar al Waeli? What? AQAP Kidnap Update, Dammaj students?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Mahweet, Sa'ada, Security Forces, Yemen, abu jubarah, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:41 am on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Update: Yemen Observer (quasi-governmental) says the two al Qaeda members, al Tais and al Ahdal, were “studying” at Dammaj: The men of whom al-Qaeda is demanding the release are Hussein al-Tais and Mash-Hoor al-Ahdal. These men were studying at Dar al-Hadith, the Wahabi religious center known for having a number of students with al-Qaeda sympathies, in Damaj area of Sa’ada province. Then the part of the AQAP statement referencing Dammaj makes more sense. But its quite odd for al Qaeda to publicly tie themselves to Dammaj. So then Hussain al Tais is a link between Dammaj, abu Jubarah, AQAP and General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar. All I need is al Zindani for a full house.

Original Post: I agree with the following article that concerns about incarcerated al Qaeda operative Hussain al Tais’s health are groundless because he is so close to the authority. At the same time the fate of Officer Ali Hosam Mohammed Saleh is worrisome because al Qaeda previously released an execution vid (sick dogs they are) of another security officer. Also its fascinating the AQAP is now claiming the right to retaliate for harassment of Dar al Hadieth (Dammaj) students. And the media previously reported that Ammar al Waeli is in Saada. But what does al Waeli have to do with this case? I think the article is saying that al Waeli and al Tais were accused in the media after the kidnapping of the Germans. And al Waeli belongs to the al Tais al Qaeda gang, which as the article notes, is often given tasks by the authorities. Maybe Ammar has Deputy Hosam at abu Jabarah. Ammar is pretty high ranking and an old timer. Its good the Mawheet tribes issued their threat/request to AQAP, because the state isn’t doing anything for Hosam. Earlier posts on this topic were updated here and here. SITE translation below the fold.

Al Eshteraki, website of the Yemeni Socialist Party: وقال البلاغ أن الحسام كان “يدير شبكات تجسس منذ 20 عاماً، وقام بترويع الناس ومداهمة بيوت الآمنين وخطف بعض طلبة العلم من دار الحديث بدماج وتغييبهم في سجون الأمن السياسي ظلما وعدوانا”.، وهو ما يجعل التهديد بإعدامه تهديد جدي كما عملت القاعدة مع رجال امن اخرين وقامت بتصوير ذلك بشرائط فديو وبطريقة اجرامية بشعة The authors (of the al Qaeda statement) state that Hussam had been “running spy networks 20 years ago, and has intimidated the people and raid homes of innocent people and the kidnapping of some students from Dar Al-Hadith Bdmaj and Ngyibhm in political security prisons unjustly and aggressively.”, Which makes the threat of being executed a serious threat as al Qaeda has worked with security men others, and has filmed bands Video heinous crime and in a manner…وقال المصدر ان الخبر لااساس له من الصحة “وان التيس وأمثاله معروفين لدى السلطة والمهام التي يكلفون بها بين الفترة والأخرى ” The source said that the news of his health groundless “and that the goat (al Tais) and his ilk are known to the Authority and the tasks assigned to them from time to time”

وكان اسم حسين التيس وعمار الوائلي قد تم تبادلهما في وسائل الإعلام لأول مرة بعد اختطاف الأطباء الألمان بصعدة قبل أن تعلن السلطة ان التيس سلم نفسه مع آخرين لأجهزة الأمن في سياق الحوار الذي تجريه الدولة مع من تسميهم بالمغرر بهم من عناصر القاعدة The goat’s (al Tais) name was Hussein, Ammar Waili were exchanged in the media for the first time after the abduction of German doctors Saada before announcing the power to ram him with others to the same security in the context of its dialogue with the State of Bamorr designated by their al-Qaeda members

(Read on …)

Updated: AQAP demands release of General’s Operative and Possible Kidnapper of German family

Filed under: Sa'ada, Yemen, abu jubarah, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:17 am on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Update: Click here for the report August 27 on the kidnapping of Ali Hosam by the al Tais family which references their living in Abu Jubarah, extremist affiliations, military commissions and the similarities to the Germans’ kidnapping.

Original: A more coherent summary:

In August, the Houthi rebels captured al Qaeda leader Hussain al Tais in the al Jawf province of Yemen. Al Tais is head of the al Qaeda group active in the Sa’ada province. The group is long thought to report to General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, the president’s half brother and commander of the six wars against the (Zaidi Shiite) Houthi rebels in the northernmost Sa’ada province. The use of jihaddists as mercenaries by various branches of the military and intelligence is common in Yemen.

Upon capture, the rebels transferred al Tais to the Political Security office in Sa’ada. Yesterday al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a statement indicating the terror group had kidnapped the deputy head of intelligence in Sa’ada, Ali Hosam Mohammed Saleh AQAP has demanded the release of al Tais in exchange for Hosam with a 48 hour deadline that expires Wednesday.

The al Tais al Qaeda group in Sa’ada is suspected to be behind the kidnapping of nine westerners in June 2009 in Sa’ada. Three young nurses were murdered immediately. Two toddlers were released into Saudi custody in May 2010. An infant boy, his German parents and a British man remain unaccounted for in Yemen. The nine were kidnapped near the area of the Political Security, and while Yemen immediately accused the Houthi rebels, the operation bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda. The Houthi rebels have never attacked civilians or Westerners.

Today 200 of the al Tais clan demonstrated in the capital Sanaa for the release of Hussain al Tais. With the clock ticking, the ability of German intelligence to interrogate al Tais about the remaining hostages is questionable. The fact that AQAP is agitating for a known affiliate of General Al Ahmar should put to rest questions on the degree of enmeshment between the al Qaeda terror group in Yemen and some elements of the state.

In related news, al Qaeda member Badr al Hassani, on trial for an attempted assassination of UK ambassador Tim Torlot, said yesterday in court that the head of the Yemeni Political Security Organization (PSO) had paid him to train al Qaeda terrorists in hand to hand combat in Marib province. Al Hassani demanded Ghalib al Qamish, the head of the PSO, be summoned to the trial to testify on his behalf.

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 …)

Deputy PSO Chief Captured by Al Qaeda in Saada, to exchange for their leader Hussain al Tais captured in al Jawf by the Houthis

Filed under: 9 hostages, Sa'ada, Saada War, Yemen, al Jawf, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:42 pm on Monday, September 20, 2010

At the time of the Germans’ kidnapping, in Sa’ada in June 09, myself and others published reports of Hussain al Tais’s (and the al Tais al Qaeda gang in Sa’ada’s) possible involvement. (Actually for five years I have documenting the al Qaeda in Sa’ada including al Nabi who fought there in 2005 and is now commissioned to fight in the south.) So recently, the Houthis captured Hussain al Tais in al Jawf, handed him over to the PSO in Sa’ada, and then al Qaeda kidnapped the deputy PSO to bargain for al Tais’s exchange. The AQAP statement on al Tais also proves that they are in Sa’ada. Its a very important base for them. But maybe someone should ask al Qaeda to return the other four European hostages, (two German parents, their infant son, and a Brit) before they give him up. But clearly al Tais can’t remain in custody- because he actually knows something. The Yemeni government will release him or kill him. Link at Marib Press. But the one at al Masdar Online translates better:

Source Online – Special
Al Qaeda in Yemen (Base of Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Colonel Ali Hussam Mohammed Salah, deputy director of Political Security in the province of Saada.

And demanded that al-Qaeda in a statement in this regard, published positions on the Web site, the government release two members of the al-Qaeda said, “they captured in a point belonging to the Alhouthein in al-Jawf province, after that, the Houthis Shiites surrender them to the Director of the Political Security Saada Yahya Almrani according to confessions deputy director of political security prisoner to us. ” The statement said.

And the granting of the statement of organization, dated today, Monday, 11 October 1431 the government 48 hours to release (Hussein goat and famous VMA) in return for disclosing the fate of the alleged “spy” Deputy Director of Political Security kidnapped al-Qaeda. (Read on …)

Khalidabdul Nabi, Islamist gun for hire in Yemen

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, TI: Internal, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:55 am on Monday, September 20, 2010

Sana’a re-activates the role of jihadist Khalid Abdul Nabi and gives him 10 million rials to revive his activities on behalf of the state. So the US is now funding the Aden Abyan Islamic Army? Nifty. I’m going to work on getting a better translation: Aden Press

Informed source in the city of Zanzibar Abyan governorate for “Eden Press that” security leaders Northern governorate Mmmthel occupation authority in the governorate of Abyan Ahmed Almisri met with Sheikh Khaled Abdel Nabi, one of the Afghan Mujahideen in earlier, was paid 10 million Yemeni riyals to Abdul Prophet of additional support for the maintenance of the Centre Sana’a to control totals extremist in the Abyan province, is known that the Nabi of Almqrbeyen of Loa Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar Alchksbip radical fundamentalism in the power of Sana’a and half-brother of Yemeni President, on another level took place early in the morning flights of Air Occupation Yemen over the area of the delta show the impact of armed clashes in the area of Jaar – Fort Attia m / Abyan between armed groups, “tribal jihad” with the occupation forces

Truce with al Qaeda in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:11 pm on Sunday, September 19, 2010

I remember when the National Security moved al Qaeda including Wahishi from Marib to Shabwa, so maybe now they are moving them back. No joke. I need a link here, dont I?

Awlaqi: the occupation authority held a truce with al-Qaeda in the North and Aden News Agency – 09/19/2010 Shabwa (us) – was charged with “Nasser fixed Awlaqi” movement, a leader in the southern province of Shabwa experienced over the last three days of military operations between the the army and the militants accused the government of Yemen, “the transport of members of al-Qaeda terrorist from the northern province of Marib, the neighboring southern province of Shabwa,” according to the Macal that “truce held between the Yemeni regime and Al Qaeda elements by the military commander in support of the terrorists Mohsen al-Ahmar” as described by Awlaqi.

(Read on …)

al Shamari speaks

Filed under: Biographies, Yemen, history, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:36 pm on Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shamari is another one of those ambassadors that never change, like Saleh’s two brother-in-laws, the Yemeni Amb to the US and the UN. The interview at Marib Press. Al Shamiri wrote about the earlier wars entitled, “One Thousand Hours of War.” It was referenced by the Yemen Post: (Read on …)

The southerners explaination for all the al Qaeda attacks in South Yemen

Filed under: 3 security, Religious, South Yemen, TI: Internal, Targeted Individuals, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:29 pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

To wipe out the people with inside knowledge of all the dirty tricks, and that was the buzz on the attack on the prison and they are mysteriously re-zoning all of the Aden free zone. Its a giant conspiracy theory and if one quarter of it is true, then the US is in deep trouble. I like the part where the author analyzes the al Qaeda statements and really al Qaeda has been wheeling and dealing with the Saleh regime for two decades.

Saada Aden Revealed a legal expert and political analyst south of the facts confirm beyond any reasonable doubt and the parking system the occupation of Sana’a and behind all terrorist attacks in the areas of the South recently targeted a number of figures southern security headquarters and facilities of the State under the pretext of “Al Qaeda” emphasizes partnership this system in the industry of terrorism. (Read on …)

Baoum joins in accusing Sana’a of using al Qaeda to weaken the SM

Filed under: 3 security, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:14 pm on Friday, September 10, 2010

The northern government’s terrorist plot will expand after Eid, Baoum says. Aden Press:

أن هذه الجرائم التي ترتكبها قوات الاحتلال ضد المدنيين الجنوبيين تحت أسم القاعدة تكشف عن مخطط رهيب سيتوسع بعد عيد الفطر المبارك مع أثارة الفتن توصلا إلى تهجير سكان بعض المحافظات والمديريات الجنوبية تسهيلا للأستيلأ على الأراضي والثروة لذا فأن على أبناء الجنوب أن يكونوا متيقظين لمثل هذه الخطط والمؤامرات وأن يعملوا على إفشالها ولابد من العمل السريع والمسئول والحاسم لتوحيد الصف الجنوبي وصيانة أهدافه وضمان استمرارية وجود الحراك ككيان وطني مستقل وموحد يناضل من أجل الاستقلال والتحرر وإستعادة الهوية الأصيلة للشعب الجنوبي التي حاول الأعداء طمسها … That these crimes committed by occupation forces against southern civilians under the name of the rule uncover plot terrible expand after the Eid al-Fitr with sedition reached displacement of residents in some counties and districts south convenience Estela land and wealth, so long as the people of the South to be vigilant to such plans and plots and work to make it fail and must be quick and decisive and responsible for the Unification of the Southern Tier and maintenance of its objectives and ensure the continuity of the existence of mobility as an entity separate national and unified struggle for independence and liberation and recovery of identity inherent to the people of the South tried to obliterate the enemy …حسن أحمد باعوم Hassan Ahmed Ba’oum

رئيس المجلس الأعلى للحراك السلمي لتحرير الجنوب President of the Supreme Council of the mobility for the Liberation of South peaceful

Al Qaeda lists 52 security officials targeted for death, 50 are southerners

Filed under: 3 security, Security Forces, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:42 am on Friday, September 10, 2010

Scan of the document at ANA

He revealed: “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” in a publication distributed by the city of Zanzibar Thursday in Abyan for a list of 52 security personnel belonging to what he described as “a black-Ansi” deemed “legitimate target” for murder.

وأرفق المنشور الذي وزع في مدينة زنجبار – وتحصلت «وكالة أنباء عدن» على نسخة منه – بقائمة اسمية لأفراد الأمن المستهدفين الذين ينتسبون لأجهزة الأمن السياسي والبحث الجنائي وجهاز الاستخبارات العكسرية ، والذي قال تنظيم القاعدة انهم باتوا “هدفا مشروعا لنا ابتداء من 1 شوال 1431 هجري” أي اليوم الجمعة الموافق أول ايام عيد الفطر. Attached to the publication that was distributed in the city of Zanzibar – and obtained «news agency Eden» a copy of it – a list of nominal members of the security target those who belong to the organs of political security and criminal investigation and intelligence-military, which al Qaeda said they have become “a legitimate target for us, starting from 1 Shawwal 1431 AH “Any day Friday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr. (Read on …)

Three Yemeni soldiers killed in Modia, Abyan, Yemen

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:25 pm on Thursday, September 9, 2010

After the “escaped” Lauder, they regrouped in Modia.

SANAA, Sep. 9, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) — At least three soldiers were killed and four others wounded Thursday in clashes between the security forces and al-Qaida fighters in the province of Abyan in southern Yemen, a provincial police official said.

Nearly 200 al-Qaida militants were involved in the clashes early Thursday in Modia district after they had been defeated in a week-long fight erupted late last month against the security forces and driven out of the neighboring Lodar city, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda Member Al Zaidi Renounces June Deal with Yemen President Saleh

Filed under: Presidency, Yemen's Lies, aq statements, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:31 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Saleh never keeps his promises to anyone. He’s a compulsive liar or has some pathology where he’s unable to keep his word. But this mechanism of negotiation with al Qaeda really isn’t working and hasn’t worked for quite some time. If all the jihaddists Saleh made a deal with band together, its going to get ugly. Al Zaidi surrendered in June after being released from jail in 2006. ( Click here for an interview with al Zaidi in 2009 in which he discusses his imprisonment and prior dealings with Saleh. Al Zaidi says he was never a member of al Qaeda and was imprisoned because he was a personal friend of Mohammed bin Mohammed al Ahdel. )

News Yemen: A leading member of al-Qaeda in Yemen has renounced an agreement with the government to stop violence and terrorist activities in the country, independent source reported on Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with the Yemeni independent weekly Al-Wasat, Khalid al-Zaidi, a leading member of al-Qaeda in the northern province of Mareb, said that his agreement with the government not to cause any instability in the country has been renounced.

Al-Zaidi said he met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh last June and wrote a pledge not to carry out any sabotage acts in the country on condition that the government releases al-Qaeda prisoners and cancel all convictions against him. He said that “the agreement has failed as the government has not fulfilled what we have agreed upon.” (Read on …)

“Terror mystery emerges in Yemen”

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:51 am on Monday, August 30, 2010

The Australian wonders what the heck is going on in Lauder and its a good question. How can we know when all the journalists are in jail? There’s difficulty even identifying the sides in the conflict, as there was in Ja’ar in 09 when the state’s jihaddists including al Nabi and Sami Dayhan were fighting another group intent on establishing an Islamic emirate in the city. Things went so far that several suspected homosexuals were killed and other Taliban style gross brutality occurred.

via al SahwaFAR from Afghanistan, Iraq and the flood plains of Pakistan, a bitter siege played out this week between al-Qa’ida and an American ally. Or did it?

The first reports from the siege of Lodar, in southern Yemen, told of 80,000 people fleeing as government forces encircled the town, dropping leaflets instructing residents to flee before a big offensive against al-Qa’ida militants hunkered there.

The next report revised the number of residents fleeing down to 3000, with 200 al-Qa’ida militants and 200 fighters from the secessionist Southern Movement holding the town. Yesterday the Yemeni government hailed its conquest of Lodar, having “stormed the dens of the terrorists”. Its count of al-Qa’ida fighters killed came in at 12. (Read on …)

Leaky leaky

Filed under: USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:26 am on Monday, August 30, 2010

I was hoping the Afghan anti-corruption model could be replicated in Yemen, but with the CIA as part of the corruption in Afghanistan, its not very promising. Wasn’t the CIA paying the al-Qaeda supporting mass murderer, Ali Mohsen al Ahmar? I thought the book by Kaplan said as much. But its a few years old, maybe they wised up. Its bad to leak info to the media but its more immediately deadly to leak it to the Yemeni regime.

AP: The Obama administration on Friday accused an analyst who worked at the State Department of leaking top secret information about North Korea to a reporter. Steven Kim, who worked at State as an employee of a contractor, maintains his innocence.

He was named in a federal indictment unsealed Friday and charged with illegally disclosing national defense information, which carries a top penalty of 10 years in prison, and with making false statements to the FBI, which has a maximum five-year sentence. It was the latest move in an aggressive campaign to crack down on leaks, even as the administration has supported proposed legislation that would shield reporters from having to identify their sources.

Recent disclosures to news media have revealed the potential for using CIA drones in the counterterrorist fight against al-Qaida in Yemen, the close relationship of the CIA station chief in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the CIA’s practice of paying some members of the Afghan government for information.

Obama Drops Charges Against USS Cole Bomber, Nashiri

Filed under: USS Cole, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:21 am on Monday, August 30, 2010

1) What are they afraid of? Losing the case or exposing the Yemeni government officials complicity? Now that would be tacky. Nashiri got weapons permits and travel documents from the Interior Ministry and one report says he hid out in Yemen for months after while the Y govt denied he was there. 2) The old military commissions worked fine, the “reformed” commissions are supposed to be even better somehow. 3) What an insult it is to the US service members and the families of the deceased that politics again is determining US policy toward terrorists. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the October 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.

The decision at least temporarily scuttles what was supposed to be the signature trial of a major Al Qaeda figure under a reformed system of military commissions. And it comes practically on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attack, which killed 17 sailors and wounded dozens when a boat packed with explosives ripped a hole in the side of the warship in the port of Aden. (Read on …)

CIHRS: To the Obama administration: Don’t defile your hands with the blood of innocent Yemeni Civilians

Filed under: 3 security, Counter-terror, Security Forces, USA, War Crimes, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:55 am on Monday, August 30, 2010

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies strongly condemns the Yemeni army’s shelling in the Lawdar district in the Abyan province, Southern Yemen, which has severely harmed the civilian population located there.

It is with deep concern, that CIHRS observes the nearly week-long shelling campaign, supported by heavy artillery and tanks, which has prompted hundreds of Yemeni families to flee the Lawdar district and take refuge in the mountains as the authorities continue their military siege of the area, sealing off all entrances and exits. According to information received from Yemeni human rights organizations and other sources, at least three civilians have been killed and dozens more injured, among them at least two children, while the artillery fire hit a local market and severely damaged homes, agricultural land, and a nursery.

The assault was launched after several Yemeni troops were killed in an ambush by either al-Qaeda operatives, as the Yemeni authorities claim, or elements involved with the Southern Movement. Exiled Southern Yemeni officials and leaders of the Southern Movement state that the attack was launched in an attempt to turn the international community against the peaceful Southern Movement by associating it with terrorism. It should be noted that the Yemeni regime used Yemeni fighters returning from Afghanistan to quell the rebellion in the South in 1994. Consequently, al-Qaeda began to establish a base in the area, which later became the largest in the Arab world.

The Yemeni authorities have persistently sought to stigmatize the popular protest movement and its leadership in the south as terrorists, in an attempt to justify the use of excessive force and increasing repression against citizens in the Southern provinces.

CIHRS would like to bring attention to the fact that the Southern province of Abyan has been the target of a series of brutal attacks over the last year. One of the bloodiest attacks took place in December 2009 ; when the Yemeni army, with support from the U.S. government, launched two air strikes on alleged al-Qaeda camps. At least 42 civilians were killed in these raids, most of which were women and children.

CIHRS stresses that counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda should not be used as a pretext for the international community to turn a blind eye to the grave abuses perpetrated by the Yemeni government against individuals suspected of affiliation with al-Qaeda; or against the regime’s political opponents. A noticeably large segment of the citizenry has become the target for various types of collective punishment in light of the militarization of the country and the civil strife being stoked by the regime in the Sa’ada region, North of Yemen, and the South to secure its monopolization of power. In this context, CIHRS would like to bring attention to the fact that it is these very policies that created such fertile ground for al-Qaeda to grow in the Arabian Peninsula.

Additionally, These policies have created an auspicious atmosphere for the recruitment of more terrorists and terrorist-sympathizers, both from inside and outside Yemen.

CIHRS further warns that the unconditional support given to the Yemeni regime by the U.S. administration and some parties in the EU will only exacerbate the dangers of terrorism. Numerous individuals are swayed to terrorism on a daily basis, driven by their growing sense of injustice and injury, which is fed by the daily practices of extrajudicial killings; abductions; forced disappearances; torture; repression of peaceful protests; vicious attempts to silence the press and human rights defenders; the increasing political, economic, and social marginalization of broad swathes of the population; the rampant spread of corruption; in addition to the spread and ascendancy of an extremist religious discourse fostered by the Yemeni regime itself.

Thus, CIHRS believes that averting the threat of terrorism requires concerted efforts by the international community to push Yemen to construct a rule of law; prevent impunity for grave human rights abuses; adopt an enlightened religious discourse; and refuse to sacrifice human rights under the justification of combating terrorism. Yemen’s allies in the fight against terrorism must guarantee that the military, security, and financial aid given to the Yemeni government is not used to perpetrate more war crimes and crimes against humanities or violate the rights of suspected al-Qaeda members or the thousands of Yemenis civilians who are paying a catastrophic price for the policies of the Yemeni regime, which threaten to bring about the wholesale collapse of the central state.


(Updated) Yemen (Saleh) negotiates passivity agreement with al Jawf al Qaeda leader Safian

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, al Jawf, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:49 pm on Saturday, August 21, 2010

Update: Authorities admit Safain surrendered but no indication he’s in jail. I thought the Tays group had a lot of positions in the military, honey businesses, conduct smuggling to SA and were active in the Sa’ada war against the Houthis.

Yemen Post: Ali Husayn Abdullah Al-Tays was member of Al-Qaeda and ex-detainee in Guantanamo gave up to Yemen’s security authorities and showed readiness to cooperate with the government, according to the same sources.

Earlier this month, another Al-Qaeda operative, Jomaan Safian, surrendered to authorities in Al-Jawf province. Safian reportedly harbored dozens of foreign Al-Qaeda operatives and provided financial l support to the organization.

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The president of Yemen, Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, met with the leader of Al Qaeda in al Jawf, Jomaan Safian, Mareb Press reports. The Emir of al Qaeda in al Jawf, Safia turned himself in to the security services, wasn’t arrested but met with President Saleh. In exchange for medical treatment for his father abroad, YR 1 million and some jobs for his family, Safian assured the president that he rejected al Qaeda and that the rest of the cell in al Jawf would be under control (until of course Saleh needs them for something.) Safian was released after few hours of meeting. Unfortunately, few of Saleh’s deals with al Qaeda figures have worked for as long as planned or as necessary.

Marib Press: أكد مصدر قبلي وقريب عائليا من أمير القاعدة في محافظة الجوف الواقعة شمال شرق العاصمة صنعاء أن أمير القاعدة في محافظة الجوف جمعان صافيان، الذي قالت أجهزة الأمن اليمنية أنه سلم نفسه لها قد التقى بالرئيس علي عبد الله صالح وتم الإفراج عنه بعد ساعات من اللقاء الذي جمعهما. A source with me and close family of the prince of al Qaeda in al-Jawf province, located northeast of the capital Sanaa, the Emir of al-Qaeda in al-Jawf province Jamaan Savian, who said the Yemeni security services he turned himself in her had met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh was released hours after the reunion was .

ونقلت صحيفة الدار الكويتية عن مصدر قبلي ” أن الرئيس اليمني قام بصرف مليون ريال يمني كمكافأة شخصية لصافيان على موقفه وقناعاته الجديدة. Dar was quoted by the Kuwaiti source of me, “that the Yemeni President regardless million Yemeni riyals a reward personal Savian to his position and the new convictions. (Read on …)

Another Former Gitmo Surrenders in Yemen (Updated)

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:10 am on Saturday, August 21, 2010

and promises to be good! Of course if he’s going to “serve the country,” he can’t stay in jail. There are/were a lot of this group in Sa’ada. Update: Yemen Times Released from Gitmo to Yemen in Dec. 2006: Esam Hamid Al-Jaefi, Ali Hussain Al-Tais, Mohammed Ahmed Al-Asadi, Tawfiq Al-Murwai and Muhassen Al-Asskari.

Lahj News Net: A security source said an official former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and a member of Al Qaeda (Ali Hussein al Tais) surrendered to security forces and expressed regret and remorse to the period spent in the ranks of al Qaeda and expressed its readiness to cooperate all that would serve the country and maintaining security and stability, and called on other items that were deceived by the organization to follow in the delivery of the same security services and to renounce violence and integration into society and contribute to nation-building process. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda’s Weak and Unsophisticated Attacks

Filed under: 3 security, Counter-terror, TI: Internal, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:01 pm on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

That’s one way to look at it. Alternately millions in Yemen believe that state contracted out the attacks on the security in the south, and its all another ploy to make Saleh look like a victim of al Qaeda. After his long history of detente with al Qaeda, he has so little credibility that many doubt he is making sincere efforts. But the author of the article is correct in saying the substantial AQAP attacks all failed.

Yemen Post: With the growing number of Al-Qaeda attacks on governmental security officials, some tend to believe that this proves that Al-Qaeda is as strong as ever in Yemen. I believe the opposite. Killing security officials is not a complicated matter to plan nor does it cost a lot.

The effort for killing a government official is little, as it needs little planning and costs no more than $10 dollars! A couple of bullets, gasoline money for a motorcycle and a couple of loyal followers you are willing to do the attack free of charge are all you need.

The last major attack by Al-Qaeda in Yemen was the U.S. embassy attack two years ago. Even that attack was spoiled completely. This only proves that their presence is not what media pictures it to be. The attack on the British ambassador in Yemen is another sign of weak Al-Qaeda presence in Yemen, as the bombing took place nearly 200 meters away from the car of the British ambassador. Original Al-Qaeda attacks are much more accurate and Iraq and Afghanistan are examples of how destructive Al-Qaeda can be when it attacks. (Read on …)

Lahj Southern Mobility Branch Asserts AQAP is Acting as Regime Mercenaries and Assassins

Filed under: 3 security, Al-Qaeda, Lahj, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:46 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010

The indigenous Yemeni counter al-Qaeda narrative holds that the brothers are corrupt as the regime itself and the state deploys al Qaeda as a political tool to create domestic and international pressure. This statement from the SMM in Lahj asserts the authorities are behind the string of assassinations which targeted southern members of the security forces. Others assert that they are killing off those who know the state’s secrets about its inner deals with al Qaeda. The official story line is that President Saleh reformed and is now facing blowback from his sincere efforts against al Qaeda. Aden :

Indicated that members of al-Qaeda in the south they follow the Sanaa regime and his soldiers:

A statement issued by a branch of the Supreme Council of the mobility of the peaceful province of pilgrimage that the Sanaa regime views the situation in the south read wrong and that he was not aware of the size of the variable that wrought will existed in the People in the south, they failed and failed practices and policies in the south, whatever their plans and their own ends, and the statement described the recent assassinations that targeted the southerners as well as some incidents that killed dozens of people in Aden and Abyan, Shabwa and Dali as a sinister plot designed to the south by the occupation regime in alliance with tribal figures and different terrorist organizations including al Qaeda, which dates back its source origin to the Yemen Arab Republic and tactics shameful and despicable aim to drag the South to the box to violence and fighting procedure and the creation of security chaos Bgit infanticide mobility demands the independence of South peaceful and freedom of the south, which, according to the statement of the impossible to be achieved to the occupation that .. (Read on …)

Naba News and the National Security Launch Attack on Salafis

Filed under: Counter-terror, Religious, Security Forces, TI: Internal, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:01 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Its really a fascinating article at Naba news about the dangers of state sponsorship of Salafism and its penetration into society, but Yahya Saleh is more a liberal or perhaps modernist than Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.

Aden Gulf: نبأ نيوز ( موقع الامن القومي اليمني ) يصف السلفيين بالفئة الضاله ويتهمهم بالإنتماء لإيدلوجية تنظيم القاعدة ويحذر من خطورة تحالف علي صالح معهم News News (site of the Yemeni National Security) describes the Salafi deviant group and accuses them of belonging to the ideology of al Qaeda, warns of the danger of a coalition in favor of them (Read on …)

AQAP Urges Saudi Soldiers to Assassinate Govt, Royals and Westerners

Filed under: Saudi Arabia, TI: External, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:15 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MEMRI: On August 10, 2010, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a 15-minute audio recording from Sa’id Al-Shihri, aka Abu Sufyan Al-Azdi, the Saudi deputy commander of AQAP, who is also a former Guantanamo detainee. In the recording, Al-Shihri says that the organization has received communications from supporters of Al-Qaeda in the Saudi armed forces, who asked whether they should remain in their positions, or whether they should leave to join up with AQAP in Yemen. Al-Shihri tells them that they should remain in the Saudi armed forces and take advantage of their positions to further infiltrate the armed forces, carry out assassinations against the government, the royal family, and Westerners living in the country, and to provide logistical assistance to the mujahideen. (Read on …)

“Al-Qaeda” attacks checkpoint killing three in Abyan, Yemen

Filed under: 3 security, Security Forces, TI: Internal, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:55 pm on Thursday, August 5, 2010

I think the al-Qaeda losers took “credit” for two of the five recent attacks on security installations in the south, but they may claim them all sooner or later. The Saleh regime has so little credibility in the south that southern leaders are openly asserting that the regime instructed al-Qaeda to carry out the spate of attacks and willingly sacrificed some soldiers to achieve several goals- heighten tension, accuse the southerners of being aligned with al-Qaeda, set the stage for assassinations of southern leaders and of course, dupe the west into increasing support. This latest murder spree took place in the vicinity of Tariq al-Fadhli’s home and near the Political Security headquarters. One of the attackers threw a stun grenade or “sound bomb” before opening fire (well trained and equipped). The attackers escaped. The regime is rounding up all motorcycle drivers. The prior attacks took place in Aden, Abyan and Shabwa where, despite the emphatic southerners denials, there are some al-Qaeda hangouts. Jarr in Abyan was a hot spot for remnants of the Abyan-Aden Islamic Army who began assassinating people suspected of irreligiosity in the spring of 09 until state-sponsored blue on blue fighting brought some control to the city. Shabwa is where al-Quso and Awlaki are, and Aden is Aden.

Sana’a, Yemen – Suspected al-Qaeda militants attacked a police patrol in southern Yemen on Thursday, killing three policemen, security sources said. The attackers threw a hand grenade and opened fire at the patrol vehicle near a checkpoint in Zinjebar city, the provincial capital of Abyan province, the sources told the German Press Agency dpa. (Read on …)

Yemen Suicide Bomber in Dhalie was a Soldier, Theories Abound

Filed under: 3 security, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, al Dhalie, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:50 am on Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Yemeni observer notes, “The ministry of interior identified the bomber as a 36 years old Hadi Ahmed Saleh from Kohlan district province of Sanaa. He was a soldier in the 35th brigade based in the city of Dhala.Some of his colleagues suggested that he was unaware that his motorcycle was rigged with explosives. When you have a regime that uses terror to blackmail the international community , the prospect of Yemeni intelligence role in such attacks is not far fetched .”

SaadaAden: Aden news agency suggested that the soldier was a “victim of a conspiracy carried out by malicious military officials in coordination with the intelligence of Yemen, where witnesses confirmed that the soldier came out of the leadership of the camp and started down the road towards the Public Security Department and did not know the mission objective.”

And a truly gruesome video of the deceased at Youtube. A less hysterical rundown from the YT:

Yemen Times: SANA’A, August 4 — Nine soldiers were injured when a soldier blew himself up in front of the Al-Dhale’ General Security Office last Tuesday.

Of the nine injured soldiers, two are said to have been seriously injured. A 15-year-old child was also injured as he was passing near the office.

It was reported on the army website 26th September that the deputy of Al-Dhale’ governorate, Abdulla Husain Al-Haddi, had accused Al-Qaeda of organizing the attack.

According to local sources, the soldier committed this suicide bombing because his salary had been suspended for months and he had not been treated well by his commanding officer.

According to reliable sources, Al-Qaeda cannot be behind this suicide bombing because the group is not present in the governorate, and some even think that the soldier himself may have unknowingly been rigged with explosives. (Read on …)

Al-Qaeda Attacks Strengthen Yemeni President Saleh: Editorial

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Al-Qaeda, Donors, UN, Presidency, Yemen, shabwa, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:18 pm on Monday, July 26, 2010

Bingo. Yemen Post

Government Hoping for more Qaeda Attacks in South

The more attacks in the south means that the international community will support Yemen’s unity, fearing that if separation takes place, the south could be an Al-Qaeda safe haven.
Every Al-Qaeda attack in the south comes with great relief for the government and more pain for those who call for separation. The government gains even more financial support from the international community as it is funding Yemen’s fight against extremism.
So, it seems like President Saleh is finally getting something his way.
The last three Al-Qaeda claimed attacks took place in less than a month, and in three different provinces in the south, first in Aden, then in Abyan and Shabwa. It seems to me as if the government is linked to the Al-Qaeda attacks as it is the only one benefiting from the attacks and losing nothing.
Yemen is trying to picture to the world that the south is the backbone of Al-Qaeda, as it is also the homeland for its leader Osama bin Laden.
We also need to remember that Anwar Awlaqi, a Yemeni American preacher is from the south of Yemen. He is now internationally wanted for terrorism related claims.
Yemen is receiving almost $500 million dollars annually from western countries to fight extremism.
So, from the south comes oil, gas, cement, international support to fight Al-Qaeda, a 2000 kilometer coastal line, and 2/3 the size of the current Yemen, which proves that the northern part would do anything in its power to keep Yemen united.
We do not believe any attacks will take place in northern Yemen anytime soon, while on the other hand, we will see another attack in a different part of the south, maybe Mukalla or Seiyun. Such attacks will convince the west that southern Yemen could never be an independent state if it’s goal is to fight Al-Qaeda.

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 …)


Filed under: Yemen, personalities, shabwa, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:02 pm on Friday, July 2, 2010


Just before dawn on Dec. 24, an American cruise missile soared high over the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula, arced down toward the dark mountains above the Rafadh Valley in Yemen’s Shabwa province and found its mark, crashing into a small stone house on a hillside where five young men were sleeping. Half a mile away, a 27-year-old Yemeni tribesman named Ali Muhammad Ahmed was awakened by the sound. Stumbling out of bed, he quickly dressed, slung his AK-47 over his shoulder and climbed down a footpath to the valley that shelters his village, two hours from the nearest paved road. He already sensed what had happened. A week earlier, an American airstrike killed dozens of people in a neighboring province as part of an expanded campaign against Al Qaeda militants. (Although the U.S. military has acknowledged playing a role in the airstrikes, it has never publicly confirmed that it fired the missiles.) (Read on …)

Ghalib al Gamish to Investigate the Assault on PSO HQ in Aden

Filed under: Counter-terror, Ministries, Yemen, attacks, prisons, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:14 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Update: Apparently the security had no bullets. Yemen Times:

Last Saturday, armed people attacked the Political Security office in Al-Tawahi district, Aden governorate. They killed 13 people, including seven soldiers, four women and a child.

“What happened is a scandal,” private sources reported told the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. «Armed people attacked the Political Security office in Aden where the security guards could not stop them. They exceeded all the security barriers and entered the security office building without being shot at even once. In the end they departed the place chanting joyfully in a triumphant tone.”

The sources told the newspaper said that there are signs that the attackers were not confronted by the guards who had no guns. According to the locals in Al-Tawahi district, all people who were suspected to be working for political security secretly disappeared during the attack.

OP: That’s hysterical, al Gamish to investigate. Either al Gamish planned it or the arrests and subsequent jailbreak were the result of infighting like occurred with Hamza al Qaiti after all the mortars missed in 2008. There was quite a verbal sparring match between the two in which al Qaiti said he was betrayed by al Gamish. Then he got killed in a shoot-out (like al Fawaz al-Reibi and the Egyptian Dwieder). Head of the PSO, Al Gamish was promoted (or at least got a second position) after the 2006 jail break. He’s been around for decades. The PSO is largely subverted by al-Qaeda but then again, al-Qaeda is also largely subverted by the PSO and sometimes (some of them) act as mercenaries. It was Al-Gamish, along with Saleh who negotiated directly with Abu al Feida on behalf of al-Qa’ida back in 2006. Quite a favorable deal it was for both sides. Al Feida had nothing but praise for the way the Yemeni regime handles the brothers.

Yemen Post: Minister of information , Mr . Hasan Al-lowzi has conformed that Yemen is a partner for the international society in all plans and operations that aim to face terrorism and it is fighting its individuals , Al-thawranet reported.

He said also , responding the question of Al-arabia channel in terms of the armed attack of Al-Qaida in Yemen that aimed political security office in Aden , ” There is a supreme committee presided by General Ghaleb Alqamesh , chief of political security system and the deputy of interior minister , interrogating this event to know every thing about it” .

He clarified that this terroristic work was unexpected for a city that has settlement and security as Aden that he conformed it as a secured city and all its visitors recognize that .

He said ” Today we go to Aden and pass in its streets without escorts and arms , and what happened was unexpected for a city that really distinguished to have a strong security because it is totally forbidden to bear arms in Aden” .

And in terms of security situation in Yemen and efforts paid to face terrorism , Al-lowzi pointed out that there is a fight , country and people are fighting against terrorism works especially Al-Qaida , and war will not be ceased until the specific and marked purposes in security plans to be achieved .

Minister of information also said ” Yemen is fighting really against terrorism , and it is a partner for the international society at facing it and there are threats should be taken to consideration and to be on the alert in the all governorates .

Al-Qa’ida distributes CD’s in Sana’a Mosques calling for jihad on U.S.

Filed under: Religious, Sana'a, USA, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:48 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Really getting desperate, aren’t they? I guess the Saudi women didn’t come flocking to Yemen after al-Qa’ida’s last appeal to them for suicide bombers. Short of funds they are as well. Interesting how AQIY can distribute the CDs in such a systematic manner without drawing the attention of the state-funded Imams and security. Oh yes, it was actually the state funded Imams who first warned against US intervention in Yemen, threatening jihad in a statement. Yeah that was it. The AQIY zealots are hoping that US backing of the widely reviled dictator and his messy messy methods of counter-insurgency will create a backlash in their favor, not an improbable outcome even without the CDs, but there are a lot of other options for those with anti-government inclinations. Anti-US sentiments grew geometrically after the slaughter in Abyan (cluster bombs??!!) and the US’s extremely poor follow-up. (Nary a word. Even after the Yemeni government apologized, the US kept congratulating.) Inciting against US intervention incidentally and conveniently dovetails with Saleh’s position. This Abdulelah mentioned works for (gets a paycheck from) the state news agency SABA and is the brother-in-law of Abdulmajid al-Zindani, a long time Saleh loyalist. Abdulelah is the one who manages to interview all the top al-Qa’ida (including his bestest friend Anwar Awlaki, Nassir al Wahishi and Fahd “but I thought he was reformed” al-Quso) without a problem as we noted first in January 2009. We’ll file this about the CDs under the heading “flaky stuff”.

Yemen Post An unidentified group has distributed a CD at a number of mosques in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a that some people said contained interviews with Al-Qaeda leaders and videos about U.S. raids on terrorist targets in the country, independent sources said on Thursday.

Uthman Al-Ghamidi, Fahd Al-Qusa, Abu Musab Muhammad Saleh Umair and Saeed Al-Shari, all of the most wanted terrorist suspects by Yemeni and Saudi authorities, appeared in the CD speaking about U.S. crimes and calling for reviving Jihad, holy war.

They talked about terror raids that took place in late last year and early this year in Abyan, Shabwa and Sana’a with a focus on the raid in Almajalah district, Abyan, in which many were killed including civilians. Murdered terrorist Abu Umair was seen discussing Jihad with young Jihadists.

Abdul Elah Shaea, a local expert in terrorism issues, also appeared speaking about Al-Qaeda in Yemen including remarks he previously gave to Aljazeera Satellite Channel.

The CD was intended to incite the people against the U.S. intervention as concerns, mainly by the west, continued to grow about Al-Qaeda presence in the country and to praise the role of Al-Qaeda and its acts.

It also contained photos of some Arab leaders described as agents for the west including Egypt’s Mubarak and President Saleh.

Aden: 11 killed and 12 wounded as AQAP suspects escape Political Security prison

Filed under: Aden, Al-Qaeda, Security Forces, aq statements, attacks, prisons, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:32 pm on Saturday, June 19, 2010

Aden: 11 killed and 12 wounded
AQAP suspects set free from Political Security in Yemen

by Abdullah A. Qaid- For Armies of Liberation

Sana’a- 16 June- At least 11 were killed and 12 wounded Saturday morning in Aden, southern of Yemen, as unidentified gunmen attacked the Political Security office. Most of the dead people were soldiers.

The initial fingerprint of the operation is pointing to the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), security sources said.

About five gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the security building in Attwahi with fired bullets and bombs that led to clashes inside the building.

During the attack, unknown numbers of prisoners suspected of being members of Al-Qaeda were set free by the operators, security source affirmed.

Although, the clash lasted for nearly half an hour, all the assailants together with the released prisoners escaped successfully.

Three women including the secretary of the director of the Political Security, along with a child was far from the Political Security, were among the dead persons.

The operation comes a day after a release by al-Qaeda threatened to ignite a fire under the earth what it called retaliation for the killing of women and children in Wadi Ubeeda of Marib.

The BBC correspondent in Sana’a quoted as a security source asked anonymity that the incident may come after collusion of security members within the political security.

The Attwahi district of Aden witnessed over the past months two explosions near the building of the Political Security and Television Broadcasting, in which the Director of the Political Security Attwahi and Al-Muala was killed.

According to Yemen News Agency (SABA), the Supreme Security Committee confirmed its intention to pursue the terrorist perpetrators and bring them to justice for their punishment and commended the cooperation of citizens in all provinces with the security services in calling upon everyone to report any presence of these misguided terrorist elements wherever they.


The Political Security building in Aden after today’s attack.

Update, AFP: They brought a bus. Witnesses also said the assailants “were seen leaving the building in a bus, taking people who had been detained there with them,” in what appeared to be a coordinated and well-planned operation.

Oh it just gets flakier and flakier: They all escaped in two cars with no prisoners after an hour of gun battles and RPG attacks. Another update: The local council denies and calls al Jazeera a liar.

(Read on …)

Society for charitable welfare US funded, Zindani Awlaki

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Civil Society, USA, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:57 am on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Society for Charitable Welfare does good work in Yemen, actually delivering services to the poor, unlike some others.

Intel Wire : A spokesman for the Yemen-based Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) has denied an INTELWIRE report that the charity is linked to Al Qaeda figures Anwar Awlaki and Abdul Majid Zindani. INTELWIRE stands by the story.

“All information in this article is baseless and fabricated,” said Dr. Jamal Al-Haddi, the program manager of CSSW’s of ACCESS-Plus Program, wrote in an e-mail on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

The program, intended to to fight child labor and child trafficking, is funded by a $3.5 million partner-grant from the U.S. Department of Labor starting in 2008 and slated to run for three years. The grant is shared by CHF International, a Maryland-based foundation. The funding was granted despite CSSW’s apparent links to extremism and terrorism financing. INTELWIRE is continuing to investigate the grant, and additional stories will follow.

According to Al-Haddi, “Abdulmajeed Al-Zendani or Anwar Al-Awlaki never have been part of CSSW either as founders, members of Managerial Boards, employees, consultants volunteers or any position in CSSW.”

But substantial documentation supports the reported claims. (Read on …)

Soldier killed in Lahj, Sami Dyan Group Member Arrested

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:49 am on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Negotiations afoot one would think. Sami Dyan’s group made a deal with the Defense Minister during the battle of Ja’ar.

Yemen Times: SANAA, April 24 (Xinhua) — A Yemeni military soldier was killed in the restive southern province of Lahj, where separatist sentiments are deeply rife, local news website reported….Meanwhile, the report said that security forces arrested a most wanted man in al-Habilain city of Lahj province, one of the leaders of a brutal criminal group in the province.

“The man, identified as Bassam Abdullah al-Said, was captured while he was hiding in a hotel in al-Habilain,” said a security official.

“The group includes al-Qaida’s member Samiee Daiyan and other killers,” said the official, adding that “al-Said and his group were accused of killing several citizens and government troops, as well as committing acts of terrorism.”

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.

Zindani Fatwas Child Health Advocates

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Medical, Women's Issues, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:45 am on Thursday, April 8, 2010

This is from the guy who said women cant talk and remember at the same time. At least I think thats what he said because I can’t remember now that I’m talking. Sheik Zindani has a new statement that nine is a fine age to marry and any one who supports a ban on child rape is an apostate. Its not a small thing in Yemen to be takfired, and it comes with a level of risk. First though, the news that a 13 year old child died from bleeding four days into her marriage. The tragedy reminds me of the 12 year old who died in childbirth after four days of painful labor.

WaPo Some of Yemen’s most influential Islamic leaders, including one the U.S. says mentored Osama bin Laden, have declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be apostates.

The religious decree, issued Sunday, deeply imperils efforts to salvage legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry.

The practice is widespread in Yemen and has been particularly hard to discourage in part because of the country’s gripping poverty – bride-prices in the hundreds of dollars are especially difficult for poor families to pass up. (Read on …)

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, analysis by Abdulelah Shae’e

Filed under: A-analysis, Yemen, aq statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:53 pm on Friday, April 2, 2010

Scaled down attacks, pleading with lone wolves to attack and bypassing controversy by keeping focus on the US are all indications of weakness.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Part 1/3)

Yemen Times
(Read on …)

The State Run al Qaeda Camp in Northern Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Janes Articles, Saada War, TI: Internal, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:42 pm on Monday, March 29, 2010

In Yemen, al Qaeda’s training camp in the Abu Jabara valley is no secret. It is in an old military camp between Sa’ada and al Jawf provinces, near the Saudi border, and it houses hundreds of Yemeni and foreign al Qaeda loyalists.

Acting as mercenaries for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, al Qaeda operatives fought in the Sa’ada War against the Houthi rebels. As a result, hundreds of jihaddists gained battlefield experience during the five years of brutal war. In an interview with Jane Novak, Yemeni politician Hassan Zaid, recommended the terrorists in Abu Jabara be disarmed now that the war has ended.

Corrupt al Qaeda

Despite their high flown rhetoric, Quoranic citations and photo-shopped internet magazine, al Qaeda in Yemen is just as corrupt as the Saleh regime itself. The enmeshment of al Qaeda with Yemen’s subverted military and intelligence services is a product of long standing relationships that stretch from the caves of Afghanistan to the presidential palace in Sana’a.

The sixth round of the Sa’ada War ended in February when President Saleh declared a ceasefire. Yemen’s ability to construct a durable peace is doubtful. Disengagement is moving slowly. A frank assessment of the underlying issues of exclusion, religious pluralism, development and equality never occurred.

The rebels are required to turn in their weapons as one condition of the cease fire. Opposition politician Hassan Zaid said the terrorists in the Abu Jabara al Qaeda camp should be disarmed as well. “This group sours the atmosphere of peace,” Mr. Zaid noted to al Tagheer.

Al Qaeda with Official Passports

The rebels are Zaidis, a Shiite offshoot, and claim religious discrimination by the state. Mr. Zaid leads the Zaidi oriented al Haqq opposition party and previously headed the Joint Meeting Parties, Yemen’s opposition coalition. He disputed the notion that he was the rebels “spiritual leader” as regime propaganda to the Yemen Post.

In my interview, Mr. Zaid confirmed that the al Qaeda fighters in Abu Jabara participated in the war against the Houthi rebels. “Our brothers said there are around 500-800 (al Qaeda) fighters training there under General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar’s command,” he said.

A powerful military commander, General al Ahmar is President Saleh’s half brother and, as commander of the North West region, led the war against the rebels. Al Ahmar recruited fighters for Osama bin Laden during the Afghan jihad in the 1980’s and is reputed to facilitate several al Qaeda groups in Yemen.

“They are well armed and holding authorized (official) ID which enables them to move between Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” Mr. Zaid said. “They joined the government to fight the rebels. They are well supported and financed by (sources within) Saudi Arabia, and they are better-off, richer, than other Qaeda members in Yemen.”

Foreign al Qaeda in Northern Yemen

The al Qaeda group in Sa’ada includes foreign fighters, but the presence of westerners is unclear. In March 2009, the southern weekly Attagammua reported, “Local sources in Saada confirmed that members of various Arab nationalities as well as citizens from different provinces” were in Abu Jubara. The papers sources noted “the striking emergence of Salafist groups in the city of Saada, and the effort to build a center for Yemeni al-Qaeda in Yemen.”

The independent Yemen Times reported foreign fighters in Sa’ada the same month: “Thousands of Jihadist groups, or Salafia – including Yemenis and foreigners from neighboring Arab and non-Arab countries (were) gathering against the Houthis in coordination with the army under the management of military centers and sheikhs…”

In June 2009, al Eshteraki, mouthpiece of the Yemeni Socialists Party (YSP), said that large numbers of al-Qaeda operatives and other jihadist organizations in the Abu Jabara camp had gathered to meet “the Shiite tide,” represented by the Houthi rebels.

“It was originally an official camp of the armed forces of Yemen that was abandoned,” al Eshteraki reported, noting the camp is under the stewardship of Afghan Arabs inducted into the Yemeni military after they fought for President Saleh in the 1994 civil war. Usama bin Laden supplied fighters and arms to President Saleh’s jihaddist forces as they battled southern socialists in the 1994 civil war, the New York Times reported.

In December 2009, Attagammua again reported that al Qaeda terrorists who returned to Yemen after fighting American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan were in Sa’ada, fighting for the Yemen state.

State Support

The sixth round of the Sa’ada War broke out in August. In October, with the war raging, the Houthi rebels’ website, al Menpar, published an article referencing the Abu Jabara camp that alleged a high level al Qaeda leader had sold al Qaeda’s services to the Yemeni state.

“They agreed that the government will provide them with light weapons and the Al Qaida fighters will participate in the war against the rebels. Omar Obadah and his followers who just came back from Saudi Arabia (had) received some training in Afghanistan.”

According to al Menpar, some current al Qaeda leaders in Sa’ada were previously imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and others had escaped in the infamous 2006 al Qaeda jailbreak in Yemen.

“Many sources affirm that this coalition is beneficial to both parties, the Yemeni government, and al Qaeda leaders, and the Saudi’s as well. The Saudi embraced and supported (the camp) because they consider the Houthi rebels in the north as infidels from their perspective,” the article concluded.

In January 2010, Saada Online found a similar arrangement between al Qaeda and the state. The al Qaeda camp in Abu Jabara valley is funded by Saudi sources, the investigation found. After receiving arms and ammunition from the government, the al Qaeda mercenaries “attacked the rebels from behind” the Saudi border. The al Qaeda group coordinates through intermediaries at General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar’s office, the site said, noting some al Qaeda operatives were integrated directly into the military, and the group has freedom of movement across the Saudi/Yemeni border at the al Baqea crossing.

The sixth Sa’ada War took a heavy toll. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are internal refugees. Months of extensive bombing by Yemeni and Saudi air forces targeted markets, mosques, hospitals and refugees. Over 9000 structures were damaged. The Abu Jabara camp was not. It is thought that six western hostages kidnapped in June 2009, a German family and a British engineer, may be located in Abu Jabara. The external focus of al Qaeda in Yemen is a logical outcome of its merger with Yemeni state institutions.

Tribes Reject al Qaeda

Filed under: Tribes, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:55 pm on Saturday, March 13, 2010


JEFFREY BROWN: And to another part of the world, as Margaret Warner begins her reports from the Middle East nation of Yemen, a place that has attracted urgent new attention in the U.S.

MARGARET WARNER: The call to prayer sounds five times a day in Yemen, as it does across the Arab world. This ancient nation on the Arabian Peninsula boasts a glorious architectural heritage, along with grinding poverty and a new and increasingly deadly franchise of the global al-Qaida network.

Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Reddit Delicious The outfit calls itself al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. The top leadership includes two Saudi-born former Guantanamo detainees. While some have taken cover in the capital city, Sanaa, most members are believed to be sheltered in Yemen’s rugged tribal provinces, far from central government control.

Each week, tribal and community leaders meet on the outskirts of Sanaa to strategize about how to counter the al-Qaida presence in their nearby Marib Province. They insist they’re confronting AQAP where they can, not harboring it.

MOHAMMED AHMED AL-ZAIDI, Yemen (through translator): Al-Qaida in Marib feels unwanted. They are shunned and hunted. The ethics, morals and ideals of al-Qaida completely contradict the ethics and morals of the tribal system in Marib.

MARGARET WARNER: They fault Yemen’s central government for shutting their province off to foreign tourists, while still not providing reliable electricity, health services or schools. It’s a combination, they say, that aids al-Qaida.

ALI AL-GHOLESI, Yemen (through translator): We have a saying here: Where the paved road ends, al-Qaida begins. And we have a lot of unpaved roads in Marib.

MARGARET WARNER: They also blame the United States for their plight.

ALI AL-GHOLESI (through translator): I would say with confidence that the U.S. reestablished al-Qaida, as we see some leaders of al-Qaida were in Guantanamo and wanted revenge.

MARGARET WARNER: And why, if you know where they are and they’re shunned, you don’t just turn them over to the authorities?

AL-HASBHI, Yemen (through translator): A tribal chief may extend refuge or help someone until he sees clear evidence that this person has committed a crime.

MARGARET WARNER: At his home in Sanaa, former Prime Minister and presidential adviser Abdul Karim al-Iryani says there’s something more at work.

ABDUL KARIM AL-IRYANI, former Yemeni prime minister: There is a traditional system of accepting anyone who comes and says, I need you to protect me.

But I believe, with regard to al-Qaida, I can’t imagine that a tribe will shelter al-Qaida for free. It’s not a free ride. And, I’m afraid, they have money.

MARGARET WARNER: We came to Yemen to explore why this country has emerged as home base to the most effective new al-Qaida offshoot. And we found a contradiction. Ordinary Yemenis seem very welcoming to outsiders. Yet, from the medieval Crusades to the anti-Soviet campaign in Afghanistan and beyond, Yemenis have punched above their weight in waging jihad abroad.

We asked the former prime minister to explain the contradiction.

ABDUL KARIM AL-IRYANI: Yemenis are well-known traders, well-known migrants. So, being traders, you have to be tolerant. Being an immigrant, you have to accept the other.

MARGARET WARNER: But when fellow Muslims are under attack, he said, Yemenis have always answered the call.

ABDUL KARIM AL-IRYANI: The concept of continuous jihad is not a Yemeni phenomenon. It’s not — it’s not very entrenched in Yemen. However, when the call comes, they do.

MARGARET WARNER: Squarely in that tradition was Nasser al-Bahri, who went to Afghanistan in the mid-’90s and became a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.

NASSER AL-BAHRI, former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden (through translator): He was so calm. He was so self-confident. He was, for me, the only and best person who could confront the United States.

MARGARET WARNER: Though out of the action now, al-Bahri still considers the U.S. to be the world’s biggest menace to Muslims. And he says America is exaggerating the strength of AQAP.

NASSER AL-BAHRI (through translator): Al-Qaida in Yemen is weak. The real al-Qaida people in Yemen do not exceed 200, maybe a few more. The media makes it much bigger.

MARGARET WARNER: Yet, they were good enough to almost bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas.

NASSER AL-BAHRI (through translator): This doesn’t mean that they have a huge number of people. They need only an idea, training, preparation, then implementation.

MARGARET WARNER: One of AQAP’s ideas is recruiting radicalized young Muslims from the west, sometimes using Sanaa’s world-famous Arabic-language schools as unwitting cover.

The would-be Christmas Day bomber, Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, showed up for classes here, but dropped out after three weeks to pursue his deadly mission. U.S. and Yemeni officials say, however, that most of AQAP’s foot soldiers are drawn from local families, who struggle, whether in the countryside or the city, to live on an average of $2 a day.

Now they fear the desperation will grow, as terrorism takes a toll on Yemen’s all-important tourist trade. The medieval stone and plaster structures of the Sanaa’s Old City used to draw world travelers to look and to spend.

Usually, how many sales would you make a day?

SHOPKEEPER: Two hundred dollars, $300. It depends. Sometimes more, and sometimes less.


SHOPKEEPER: And now maybe $200 a month.

MARGARET WARNER: Shopkeeper Karim al-Faqi took us on a tour to show the wider impact.

Last month and this month, it went down. But, before, it was busy. Locals, it is no — no money coming from outside the country.

MARGARET WARNER: So, all of this, in a way, you’re saying is a little deceptive? There’s not enough really happening here?

SHOPKEEPER: That’s right. Too much stuff, and few people to buy.

MARGARET WARNER: Another risk? Too few teachers or jobs for the legions of restless young men in Yemen’s overcrowded and underfunded schools.

AMIN AL-ANDRISI, high school English teacher: For me, myself, I can’t keep — memorize all the names of the students.

MARGARET WARNER: High school English Amin al-Andrisi, mobbed by his students during a break, feels he’s letting them down.

AMIN AL-ANDRISI: You can get in some classes more than 80 students. Sometimes, we are reaching 120. Yes. Yes. You can’t believe that. No, you believe me. And you can ask any student here.

MARGARET WARNER: And he fears Yemen will let them down, too, when it comes to getting a college education or a decent job.

AMIN AL-ANDRISI: You know, you are teaching teenagers who are between 16 to 19 years old. This is the age which the students, they think, themselves, that they are very strong and very power and they can do whatever they want.

MARGARET WARNER: Whatever they want — in a country that too often doesn’t provide good choices for its youth.

JEFFREY BROWN: Margaret will continue her reports from Yemen later this

“The Official Yemeni Terrorism: Roots and Origins”

Filed under: Media, Proliferation, guest posts, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:44 pm on Saturday, February 20, 2010

An article by Dhaif Alsoolani, the editor of and YAATC representative in Yemen. On January 31, security authorities raided his home in Aden and arrested his younger brother, age 25, and two of his relatives, 19 and 15 years old. The prisoners were beaten with rifle butts at the PSO prison, (Alfateh). More here. In June 2009, another editor of the website was targeted, details here.

The Official Yemeni Terrorism: Roots and Origins

By Dhaif Hussein Al-Solani

During the times and eras, Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic) was and still a country full of weapons, with different kinds (sorts) and marks, and on all different occasions the Yemeni officials are proud of this state which specify their country to other neighboring and far Arab countries without any reasons to cause that type of pride. According to the last census by more than one local rightful and media organizations, there are more than 60 million pieces of Kalashnikov gun machines available for the Yemeni public, in addition to the other different medium-sized and heavy weaponry owned by the big tribes backed up personally by the Yemeni President such as the Hashed, Baked, Maareb, Hajjah, Al-Mahweet, Sa’adah, and Amran tribes.

The storage of such huge weapons has no logic meaning of being proud, moreover, it has made Yemen a hot center point for permanent fighting between the people in all situations over nonsense reasons for long different periods of the history. Many overseers agree that Yemen is the most known country in the world for the smuggling of weapons and mainly exporters, even to present today there are still countryside weapon markets surrounding and spreading to the capital city of Sana’a and other main cities and this is the best evidence of an environment with the color of blood and gun powder. (Read on …)

More on the Abyan Airstrike: killed “al Qaeda” chewed qat with officials and were on state payroll

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Islah, Parliament, Security Forces, USA, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:17 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2010

An Islah MP gave an interview to al Sahwa following the delay in the parliamentary session meant to discuss the airstrike in Abyan that killed dozens of civilians. Abdul Karim Shiban said that the “al Qaeda” killed in the strike were released from a PSO prison two years earlier. Since then, they moved back and forth from Shabwa to Abyan openly and freely. It was known by the security forces who would have been able to capture them easily. In fact, the men used to chew khat with security officials and received an allowance from the state.

al Sahwa Those targeted in the strike were closely linked to power (Read on …)

Yemeni Intel Subverted by al Qaeda: WaPo

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, USA, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:42 am on Friday, February 12, 2010

Yay, its not just me anymore. Now that the WaPo has another excellent article on the infiltration of al Qaeda to the Yemeni security and intelligence forces, I’m feeling a tad less lonely. Of course, some um, passport offices, financial exchange offices and other sensitive positions are currently held by “recently reformed” convicted al Qaeda operatives, not to mention the older bin Laden loyalists serving as governors and ambassadors, rewarded after the 1994 civil war. Jihaddis in ties, as I say.

The full WaPo is below. There is one section of the Washington Post article seems to be getting a lot of play in Yemen so, just to be nice, I am posting the original entry from History Commons: first theres’s 1990- 1998, Zawaheri frequently visits Yemen (Hello?) then as follows (PSO shelters Zawaheri) Spring-Summer 1998: Yemeni Officials Help Al-Qaeda with Knowledgeable Defector

Ahmed Nasrallah, a veteran al-Qaeda operative who has been in Yemen for several years, decides to defect and turn himself in to the Yemeni government. He discloses the location of al-Qaeda strongholds in Yemen and even gives away the location of al-Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a southern Yemeni town. He describes al-Qaeda’s weaponry, security, and violent plans for the future. He offers to spy on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan or on a militant Yemeni group led by Zein al-Abidine Almihdhar, a relative of hijacker Khalid Almihdhar. (In 1999 Zein will be caught and executed in Yemen for kidnappings and killings.) However, two officials in the Political Security Organization (Yemen’s equivalent of the FBI) have radical militant ties and hand over Nasrallah to al-Qaeda operatives. These operatives plan to kill him for betraying their group, but he escapes to Egypt before they can do so. The Egyptian government then interrogates him for more than a year. However, it is not known what he told them before 9/11, or what they might have passed to the US. One of the two Yemeni officers helping al-Qaeda on this matter, Abdulsalam Ali Abdulrahman al-Hilah, will be recorded by Italian intelligence in 2000 apparently mentioning the upcoming 9/11 attacks (see August 12, 2000). [Wall Street Journal, 12/20/2002]

Somewhere down the History Commons page is likely 1999: Yemen releases Khalid bin Attash after deal with bin Laden, but that’s also in the 9/11 Commission Report. Attash of course went on to have an instrumental role in the bombing of the USS Cole. Yemen as a stagnant political system has many, most of the same players playing now as in the 1980’s and ’90’s. For example, Ali Al Ansi, head of the National Security, has been Saleh’s office manager since 1982. Al Qamish also has been around forever. So the argument that these close ties to bin Laden were a decade ago doesn’t reassure me much. The article I wrote early in Feb. 2009 referencing a deal between Zawaheri and Saleh was based on current reporting but fits quite nicely into the overall pattern. The second terror attack on the South Korean’s in March 2009 wasn’t a result of a small leak, one subverted guy passing information, which is why even the Parliament started complaining openly. OK here’s the excellent WaPo:

Yemen security agency prone to inside threats, officials say
By Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post Foreign Service

SANA’A, YEMEN — As deputy director of Yemen’s feared internal security agency a few years ago, Mohammed al-Surmi was in charge of monitoring al-Qaeda extremists. But he also allegedly lived a double life, feeding the terrorist network information to uncover informants within its ranks.

Surmi was removed from his job, but still wields influence: He is now deputy mayor of the capital, Sana’a, where some residents call him “His Excellency.” (Read on …)

Saleh’s Salafi Ties

Filed under: A-analysis, Presidency, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:08 am on Thursday, February 11, 2010

Yes, yes, yes. This article is spot on, through and through. This has been one of my primary Yemen policy concerns for years. The US is supporting Yemeni President Saleh who reliles on and supports the true violent al Qaeda fanatics. Some bin Laden loyalists are in the military, security, media, intelligence and civil service from the botton to top. And they deploy tools of the state in service of al Qaeda. The Yemeni security orders or conducts false flag attacks pretending to be al Qaeda in order to create a crisis that draws support and deflects political pressure. Also, in addition and one more thing, since 2005 the Yemeni military has been slaughting Shiite civilians in Sa’ada in a state sponsored jihad, led by Ali Mohsen. The Houthis defeat would enable an al Qaeda land bridge from North Africa to the Gulf States. We the US are allied with some of bin Laden’s current friends and certainly friends of his friends. Why and for what? Saleh just lies and lies and lies some more. He’s never once been sincere and he isn’t sincere now.

WaPo Yemen’s alliance with radical Sunnis in internal war poses complication for U.S.

By Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post Foreign Service

SANAA, YEMEN — Even as it fights a U.S.-supported war against al-Qaeda militants here, the Yemeni government is engaging Islamist extremists who share an ideology similar to Osama bin Laden’s in its own civil war, adding new complications to efforts to fight terrorism.

Yemen’s army is allying with radical Sunnis and former jihadists in the fight against Shiite rebels in the country’s north. The harsh tactics of those forces, such as destroying Shiite mosques and building Sunni ones, are breeding resentment among many residents, analysts said, and given the tangle of evolving allegiances could build support for al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, which plotted the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a U.S. airliner. (Read on …)

Southern Politician Assassinated

Filed under: Abyan, South Yemen, Targeting, War Crimes, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:58 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010

World Bulletin

A Yemeni provincial opposition politician thought to be active in a southern separatist movement was gunned down in south Yemen, his party and local residents said on Monday.

The Yemeni Socialist Party said Saeed Ahmed Abdullah bin Daoud was shot dead on Friday in the southern town of Zanjibar in Abyan province, adding on its website that the province was in “an unprecedented state of disorder”.

Zanjibar residents said bin Daoud, a member of the Socialist party’s leadership committee in the town, was also involved with southern separatists seeking independence from the central government.

There was no immediate word on the reasons for the killing.

Saleh Importing Algerian Terrorists to Fight in Saada War

Filed under: Dammaj, Presidency, Saada War, TI: Internal, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:44 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010

Not only are they fighting on behalf of the regime against the Houthis but they gained entry through facilitiation by officials. Many are at Dammaj. Apparently this group was in Yemen for some time. Aden Gulf Network

Informed sources revealed that a number of Algerians took part in some battles based on Yemeni territory between the conflicting parties to the conflict there.

أضافت ذات المصادر، أن عددهم يزيد على عشرين عنصرا أغلبهم من ذوي الاتجاه السلفي، تنقلوا إلى اليمن بطرق رسمية عبر المطارات وبجوازات سفر سليمة، منهم من تنقل إلى المملكة العربية السعودية وأقاموا هناك بطريقة غير شرعية أين انقضت الفترة المحددة لتأشيراتهم، وبعدها تحوّلوا إلى الأراضي اليمنية، والبعض الآخر منهم سافر إلى سوريا وليبيا ليتنقلوا بعدها إلى اليمن. Same sources added that they are over twenty components, mainly with the Salafi trend, moved to Yemen through airports and official passports of sound, many of whom moved to Saudi Arabia and settled there illegally Where the specified period has elapsed for their visas, and then turned to the land of Yemen , and some of them traveled to Syria and Libya to move around then to Yemen. (Read on …)

Abu al Fida, Bin Laden’s Match Maker, Yemeni Govt Advisor

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:01 am on Friday, January 29, 2010

Abu al Fida is the individual who negotiated on behalf of al Qaeda with President Saleh and Gamal al Qamish starting in 2006 once the dialog program died. He always praised the relationship and gained some important concessions from the regime. More on al Feida here, with links back to older posts.

Times Online: When Osama Bin Laden decided to marry for the fifth time, he turned to his most trusted advisers to find him a bride.

He wanted a Yemeni girl, he told them. The marriage would cement his relationship with Yemen, his billionaire father’s homeland. Sheikh Rashad Mohammed Saeed Ismael, a Yemeni aide, took up the challenge. (Read on …)

al Zindani gets a cranky letter from Afghanistan

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: External, personalities, photos, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:06 am on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Abu Dujana San’aani trashes Zindani in letter from Afghanistan for his support of Saleh, the oligarchy and elections. He says I was building a bomb when I heard you made a fatwa against the US… Nice photo of al Zindani and Azzaam below.

Yemen Today: That your students here and in Iraq are leading the mujahideen, who took him forensic science that you can, as well as military science that they had acquired in the fields of jihad…Mr. Sheikhi I was the processing of explosive devices to kill the enemies of God worshipers of the cross and their apostate from the radio when I heard that the renowned scholar / Abdul Majid al-declare that any entry in Yemen is a U.S. occupation in his sermons calling for jihad when it comes to Yemen U.S. force! Glory to God who you are I want you to tell us that you would arrange to science Takdhuh who do not want you like a chicken! — (Read on …)

al Qaeda Demands Two Million for German Hostages

Filed under: 9 hostages, Other Countries, Presidency, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:32 pm on Monday, January 18, 2010

The last time “al Qaeda” demanded money was in August 08, five million dollars. It was the era of the Yemen Soldiers Brigades (now theres a blast from the past). Supposedly, Islamic Jihad and Hamza al Qaiti, claimed responsibility for the car bombing of a police station in Sayoun, and demanded the money to stop future attacks. The very sad incident of the German’s kidnapping has been bizarre from day one. The demand for funds is unusual. Damanding prisoner releases is not. But Saleh says he knows where the German family is being held and is negotiating. The Germans are skeptical.

Speigel: The German government has been presented with a new challenge in Yemen. Kidnappers holding a German family are allegedly demanding $2 million in ransom and the release of several suspected Islamist terrorists being held by the Yemeni government. The demands are being met with skepticism. (Read on …)

The Enmeshment of the State of Yemen and al Qaeda

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yemen reached the tipping point some time ago, when the political, administrative and security structures were co-opted by a growing number of terror sympathizers and/or operatives within. The tools of the state are themselves compromised. Meaning that if Saleh authentically wanted to make a serious move, on al Qaeda, (instead of just asking them to leave), it is nearly impossible to do so in any way that diminishes the capacity of the group. It is the elite support of bin Laden and his goals that is problematic. The following is from the Arab reform Initiative:

Is the War Against Terrorism Going to Save Yemen?
Mohammad Mekhlafi, Lawyer and member of the “Yemeni Joint Committee”

Since the re-unification in 1989, foreign fighters from throughout the Arab world have entered Yemen. The number of “Afghan Mujahedeen” reached over 60,000 people. They were led by Usama bin Laden, and participated in the 1994 war against the country’s south and the socialist party. President Ali Abdullah Saleh used them to break the society’s resolve and to weaken the different political forces. His objective was to rule alone and transform the structure of power into a kin system.

“Afghan Mujahedeen” were able to infiltrate Yemeni society and state apparatuses, including military and security bodies. Since this time, it is not clear if any distance between the Yemeni power structure and these terrorist organizations has been established. The ruling elite- in the name of the “War against Al-Qaeda” – is now trying to win support from abroad in order to annihilate political forces, continue accumulating power, and eventually ensure the succession of Saleh’s son. (Read on …)

Sa’ada: “They’re trying to starve them out”

Filed under: Biographies, Military, Presidency, Saada War, Security Forces, War Crimes, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:46 pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wow a really good article on the Sa’ada War, Saleh’s relatives commanding security forces and Ali Mohsen al Ahmar’s conduct of the Sa’ada War. It lays the facts out for the obvious conclusion about why the war just won’t end.

Globe and Mail: There have been tens of thousands of casualties and about 100,000 people in Yemen’s northwest triangle are now under siege – trapped by a combined force of the Yemeni regular army on one side, the Republican Guard on another, and Saudi military forces along the border between the two countries.

“They’re trying to starve them out,” said Abdel-Ghani Iryani, a development consultant and political analyst, who says he still can’t figure out what the war against the Huthi is all about. (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 …)

Yemeni Government Subverted by Al Qaeda, al Houthi

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Media, Ministries, Saada War, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:35 am on Monday, January 11, 2010

Member of Parliament and rebel spokesman Yahya al Houthi, translated by the Iranian Press TV, alleges al Qaeda infiltration into key Yemeni ministries (media and intelligence). But its not news. I’d like to add to the list the Political Security, National Security, aspects of the military as well as the certain passport and tourism offices as additional Yemeni government institutions subverted by al Qaeda.

A Yemeni Parliamentarian says al-Qaeda enjoys strong support from the government of President Ali Abdullah Salih and runs key ministries in his cabinet.

Exiled Yemeni lawmaker Yahya al-Houthi — who is the brother of the Shia leader, Abdul-Malek — accused the government of allowing hundreds of al-Qaeda militants into the country.

He said members of al-Qaeda are in charge of many key ministries in the Salih administration including ministries for media and intelligence. (Read on …)

Yemen Will Negotiate With al Qaeda, Again

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Presidency, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:42 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2010

1- This is not new. In 2005 it became clear that Judge al Hittar’s dialog program was an early release mechanism and little else and the program was discontinued. In June 2006, President Saleh and intelligence chief Gamal al Qamish began direct negotiations with al Qaeda, promising government jobs, more prisoner releases and an easing of travel restrictions in exchange for no attacks within Yemen on government facilities. After 23 high value al Qaeda escaped prison in 2006, those who surrendered were later released after a pledge of loyalty to Saleh. Although described by some Saleh apologists as a time honored tribal mechanism of conflict resolution, (“we have to understand the neighborhood,” they said), naturally the appeasement resulted in both the strengthening and legitimization of al Qaeda.

In January 2009, Saleh negotiated in person with dozens of jihaddists which culminated in the release hundreds of what the Yemeni government called “harmless and aged jihaddists” in exchange for the terrorists supporting the state in its efforts against the southerners. See my article, aptly named Yemen Strikes Multi-Faceted Deals with al Qaeda. Odd how all those al Qaeda training camps popped up in the South after that. Hmmm…

2- Saleh to this point has refused to negotiate with Southern protesters, who remarkably have eschewed violence. The police shoot those political oppositionists in the head and arrest them en masse, triggering more protests. Its little wonder they want to secede. Saleh also refuses to end the blockade on and carpet bombing of the northern Sa’ada province, although the Houthi rebels do not target civilians, unlike al Qaeda (and the Saudi and Yemeni air forces).

Lets look at the difference in the Yemeni government’s approach to the Houthi rebels, who the regime erroneously claims want to re-establish a Shiite theocracy, and their approach to al Qaeda, who do in fact want to establish a global caliphate.

Houthis: an all out relentless military attack, schools closed, preachers replaced, mosques bombed, mass arrests, labeled apostates, blockaded, censored, tortured, sentenced to death.
Al Qaeda: not.

VOA: Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is willing to negotiate with al-Qaida members who renounce violence and lay down their weapons. The offer goes against the aims of the United States and other nations that are seeking to help Yemen vanquish the local al-Qaida off-shoot. (Read on …)

16 Year Old Suicide Bomber Wandering Aden?

Filed under: Aden, Al-Qaeda, TI: Internal, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:38 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sounds hokey, hopefully its a false report, not that I would expect less of al Qaeda than to send a boy to murder himself and others to further their imperrialsit agenda. Now with the threat in Aden, Saleh can blame all the raids, checkpoints and round ups on the hunt for the boy. I wonder if they will say he was at the compound of al Ayyam newspaper that they they shot up and set fire to last night…

DUBAI — Counter-terrorism authorities are said to be hunting for a 16-year-old boy from northern Yemen suspected of having been recruited by Al Qaeda to be a homicide bomber at one of five foreign targets in the southern port city of Aden, according to Western sources close to Yemeni security officials. (Read on …)

Tariq al Fadhli Warns of Yemeni Govt Exploitation of al Qaeda

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, South Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:09 pm on Sunday, December 27, 2009

“The Council for southern peaceful movement” headed by Tareq Al-Fadhli issued a statement on the 25th of this month, the link is here . Al Fadhli was a long time ally of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and handled “the jihaddist file” for the state. In March, al Fadhli defected to the southern independence movement. He has been mum about al Qaeda to this point, and this is the first explicit rejection of the terror group by al Fadhli. Its important to recall the southern independence movement is highly fractured. Several leaderships and factions share the same goal of a reversal of 1990’s unity agreement, but have been unable to coordinate effectively or establish a regional representative mechanism or body. None of the other factions have any history with al Qaeda, beyond being their targets in 1994.

What’s interesting about this statement is that al Fadhli confirms to the United States that Al-Qaeda is the product of the Sanaa regime. He warns of a plot by the regime to frame the southern movement for AQAP. He says he rejects the terror group and their ideology and existence on the Southern lands. He asks all the southerners not to take this group lightly and to expel them from their territories.

My comments: Better late than never, but this is late. However, at least al Fadhli is in touch with reality. Yes, there are al Qaeda camps in the south. The question is the level of al Qaeda’s affiliation with the Sana’a regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, not whether it exists. Southern opposition figurehead, former President al Beidh, keeps claiming there are no terror training camps or al Qaeda presence in the south at all, and that reduces his credibility. Many southerners believe the recent air strikes (which missed all the leaders despite the Yemeni government’s hype) are solely an intimidation tactic against the protesters or a propaganda tactic for the benefit of the US. Some of the targets were authentic al Qaeda camps, and the leaders bugged out before the missiles struck.

Google translation follows:

Statement by the peaceful movement South on the recent strike by the Sanaa regime and Al Qaida (Read on …)

Abdullah not Qasim al Raimi (Raymi)

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:04 pm on Sunday, December 27, 2009

This one totally went by me the first time I read it. Abdullah al Raimi is thought complicit in a major terror attack in Saudi Arabia in 2003. According to the Yemen Times, Abdullah al Raimi was in the crowd when al Qaeda showed up at the protests in Abyan. Having escaped prison in the 2006 big al Qaeda escape, he was recaptured and released. He was thought cooperating with Yemeni authorities. (Another individual with the same name spent a year in jail and was recently released although it was immediately clear that it was a case of mistaken identity.)

Yemen Times: Al-Jazeera Channel showed part of the protests, Abdullah Ahmad Al-Raimi, Al-Qaeda leader who is currently on the Yemeni government wanted list, was recognized in the crowd. Al-Raimi had escaped from Yemeni security after serving three of the four year sentence he was given by a Yemeni court after he was handed over from Qatar.

from Global Jihad website, a refresher on Abdullah al Raimi:

On 01/09/2004, the Swiss police arrested 10 suspects related to the financing of the Riyadh Suicide Attacks in Saudi Arabia, on 05/12/2003. (Read on …)

Fahd al Quso’s Relative, Mohammed Saleh Al Awlaki, al Qaeda motivational speaker

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Civil Unrest, Counter-terror, Yemen, aq statements, security timeline, shabwa, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:52 am on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yemen got a total pass for releasing Fahd al Quso from jail early. Al Quso spent about three years of a ten year sentence after his conviction in a Yemeni court as a conspirator in the USS Cole bombing which killed 17 US service members.

Al Qaeda under fire in Yemen

The Thursday’s operations, which targeted an Al Qaeda training camp in the south, and a group of 8 would-be suicide bombers in the north, have gained a regional and international support. (Read on …)

Ja’ar, Zanzibar Controlled by Militants

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Presidency, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:02 am on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Khaled al Nabi is cranky because the Yemeni president didn’t give him the land he was promised. Al Nabi took over some government buildings to express his displeasure. Saleh doesn’t keep his promises to the militants any better than he does to the US, meaning they feel no compunction to honor their own parts of the deals. All those presidential agreements with major terrorists are meaningless in terms of real containment.

Jihadists and insurgents in control of the government institutions in Jaar, Zanzibar
الأحد , 13 ديسمبر 2009 م Sunday, December 13th, 2009 م

جعار/ التجمع Jaar / assembly
اقتحم مسلحون تابعون للجهادي خالد عبدالنبي عدداً من المؤسسات الحكومية وسيطروا عليها كتعويض للأراضي الذي يدعي خالد عبد النبي انه يمتلك الحق فيها. Fatah gunmen to jihad Khalid Abdul Nabi a number of governmental institutions and took it as compensation for the land, which named Khalid Abdul Nabi, he has a right to them.
وقال عبدالنبي: إنه يمتلك توجيهات خطية من رئيس الجمهورية بتعويضه عن أملاكه التي صرفت كتعويضات لكن السلطات ماطلت لسنوات في تنفيذ توجيهات رئيس الجمهورية ما دفعه لاحتلالها بالقوة. Nabi said: It has written instructions from the president to be compensated for his property that has been spent in compensation, but the authorities procrastinated for years in implementing the directives of the President of the Republic to pay for the occupation force. (Read on …)

Foreign Al Qaeda Fighting for Yemen Govt in Sa’ada War

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saada War, TI: External, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:39 pm on Monday, December 21, 2009

Yemeni local sources report that jihaddists who had earlier fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are now fighting for the Yemeni military in the Sa’ada War against the Houthi rebels. (Read on …)

Saudi Intel Opens Sana’a Office to Coordinate War Efforts and to Hunt and Kill al Qaeda

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, Security Forces, USA, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:00 pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yes, the PSO and other Yemeni security agencies are seriously compromised by al Qaeda infiltration. The Saudi intell in Sana’a are working with Prince Ahmed Saleh, who heads the Special Forces and Republican Guard. So far, in the Sa’ada War, Saudi Arabia is helping President Saleh with money, media propaganda, intell on the ground, tanks and other weaponry, fatwas, a naval blockade, arrests and deportations and air support including bombing villages. Meanwhile Saleh, with all due bluster and pomp, hotly rejects external interference or mediation. The article mentions Qamish, head of the PSO, who had the pissing match with al Qaeda cell leader Hamza al Qaiti after a trio of mortar attacks early in 2008. Al Qaiti blamed al Qamish for a double cross (or faulty equpment) when the mortars missed. Al Qaiti was killed shortly thereafter and before the September 2008 attack on the US embassy.

UPI Dec. 15 — Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service has established a station in Yemen’s capital ostensibly to help coordinate a joint campaign against northern Shiite rebels along the kingdom’s border.

But its main task is understood to be hunting down the Yemen-based operatives of a resurgent al-Qaida that threatens the Saudi monarchy, and eliminating them with extreme prejudice…The Saudi General Intelligence Presidency, the kingdom’s principal intelligence agency, set up its Sanaa operation in June following talks between King Abdallah and Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 40 years. (Read on …)

Al Beidh: Some al Qaeda in Yemen are Officers in the Security Forces

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:42 am on Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Republican Guard is headed by President Saleh’s son, Prince Ahmed. Who could al Beidh be referring to as “a leading member of the ruling regime”, certainly not Ali al Ansi, President Saleh’s personal secretary since 1982 and former head of the National Security. The general consensus among the western secure-ocrats is the subversion by al Qaeda doesn’t go that high in the Yemeni adminstration. I really hope they are right because if they’re wrong, its a whole differant ball game. As an aside, sometimes when Yemenis say al Qaeda (real al Qaeda) are members of the security, they mean that the terrorsts receive officer’s pay from a particular branch of the security forces or military.

Gulf News

Some reports spoke of an increasing presence of Al Qaida in the south? How do you see this dangerous trend?

I have already spoken about this issue and said that the Sana’a regime will play this card too to distort the image of the peaceful movement in the south, which has nothing to do with Al Qaida whatsoever. I hereby stress that the south has never been a land that would tolerate an ideology such as Al Qaida’s. On the contrary, this terror network has built a strong alliance with the regime in Sana’a, engineered and supervised by a leading member of the ruling regime. This is known by regional states, Egypt and the United States. I don’t exaggerate when I say that some leaders of Al Qaida are in fact officers in the Republican Guard. (Read on …)

Ja’ar, al Nabi and his brother Captain Ahmed

Filed under: Abyan, TI: Internal, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:26 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2009

From al Teef, this is a google translated part of an longer article.

Spectrum network – report – and a serious public

حقيقة ما يدور في جعار..!! The truth of what is going on in Jaar ..!!

ما أن تطال قدماك مدينة جعار وشوارعها ينتابك إحساس وشعور غريب ما يجري في دهاليزها المخيفة, مع تعتيم على حقيقة الوضع هناك، فهي تعاني كثيراً من المشاكل والصراعات “الكيدية” بين اتهامات السلطة ومقاومة المجاميع المسلحة التي تنتقم لجماعاتها وأقاربها الذين قتلوا في مواجهة حطاط”2003″م وما لحق بهم من أضرار بين ما كان يسمى بجماعة خالد عبد النبي المتهم بزعيم جماعات الجهاد الإسلامي جيش عدن أبين, وبين قوات الأمن والجيش في ضل غياب الحقيقة واعتماد الرأي العام على المصدر الرسمي , وتعتمد عليه الكثير من وسائل الإعلام المختلفة, دون البحث عن حقيقة ما يجري في أرض الواقع. What your feet do not reach the city of Jaar and streets you just get a strange feeling and a sense of what is happening in the corridors frightening, with blackout reality of the situation, they have a lot of problems and conflicts, “malicious” charges between power and resistance to armed groups that are retaliating to their own and their relatives who were killed in the face of Hatat “2003 “M and the damage suffered what was called the group Khalid Abdul Nabi, the accused leader of the militant groups Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan, and between security forces and the army lost in the absence of truth and public opinion on the adoption of the official source, and depend upon a lot of different media, without searching for what is happening on the ground. (Read on …)

Blue on Blue: Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Wahabbi State Terrorism

Filed under: Iran, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:07 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Iran accusing anyone of state terrorism is rather ironic.

Kansas City: Iran’s chief of staff has warned Saudi Arabia over its military offensive against Shiite Yemeni rebels, saying it signals the start of “state terrorism” and endangers the entire region. (Read on …)

Yemen Arrests Sami Dyan Trying to Flee Country

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, TI: Internal, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:09 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009

Yemen Post:

Yemen said on Thursday the police had arrested ten fugitives including seven Qaeda suspects. The arrested included the leader of Al-Qaeda in Abyan Sami Dayan who was held on the Yemeni-Saudi border while trying to leave Yemen. (Read on …)

Yemen’s al Qaeda Recruting Fighters for Government

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Iran, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, TI: Internal, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:04 am on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Xinhuanet: – An al-Qaida-linked group in Yemen warned Tuesday the Yemeni and Saudi majority Sunnis against Shiite Iran’s dangerous plots.

In an audio recording posted on an Islamist website, Mohamed bin Abdul Rahman al-Rashid, one of the Saudi most wanted suspected terrorist, said “Shiite Iran poses an extreme danger to Sunnis of Yemen and Saudi Arabia than Jews or Christians.”

“Driven by a greed to take over Muslim countries, Shiite Iran has long been plotting to install a Hezbollah-like group to occupy areas at the joint-border of Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” al-Rashid added, inciting the Saudi-Yemeni Sunni Muslims to “fight Iran-backed Shiite rebels.”

Yemen’s al Qaeda is coming down on the side of Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government against the rebels and Iran. That’s an amazing maneuver right there, an al Qaeda statement recruiting for the Yemeni government in the Sa’ada War.

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 …)

Yemeni Govt Hiring al Qaeda as Mercenaries in Sa’ada War?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Proliferation, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, TI: Internal, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:32 pm on Monday, October 26, 2009

The following report indicating a deal between the regime and al Qaeda is from the rebels website, link here, but the Yemeni government does use al Qaeda as mercenaries. Yes the report could be push back to the trial of Yahya al Houthi, but there’s lots of details there. Al Qaeda in Yemen is a multi-pronged organization, and Wahishi’s is the most visible group at the moment, but there’s several other factions equally dangerous and well connected, operating below the radar. If there is a deal, then the Chinese ship of weapons informally imported by government officials possibly makes more sense. A kind soul helped me out with the following summary:

According to some sources confirmed that the leader of Al Qaida in Abu Dubarah. They agreed that the govt, will provide them with light weapons and the Al Qaida fighters will participate in the war against the rebels. Omar Obadah and his followers who just came back from Saudi Arabia and stated that they received some training in Afghanistan. The article mentioned that the leaders were sent to prison by the Saudi authorities. The article also mentioned that Al Qadia leaders presently at Abu Jabarah valley were part of the group who plotted escape from the political prison in Sanaa, part of the tunnel scandal.

Many sources affirm that this coalition is beneficial to both parties Yemeni govt, and al AQida leaders, and the Saudi’s as well. The Saudi embrace and supported because they consider the Hothi’s rebels in the north as infidels from their perspective. The Yemeni govt is trying to keep this coalition as secretive from the public.

What is interesting in this case is the area of abu Jabarah is located in the Ruba Alkhali valley “the deserted area between Yemen and Saudi Arabia” on the north eastern side of Yemen. In this area there are such an extensive and concentrated militia who are wanted by the Yemeni and Saudi authorities as well. (Read on …)

al Hilal

Filed under: TI: External, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Saturday, October 24, 2009

Al Hilah was a high ranking PSO official working directly for President Saleh, tasked with implanting Afghan Arabs and other al Qaeda around the world with false passports, making his recent statement from Gitmo is very interesting.

The Star: The Pentagon claims the former politician and businessman was a key facilitator in Yemen for shuttling Al Qaeda fighters to Afghanistan. (Read on …)

Shipload of Chinese Weapons Disappears from Hodeidah Port?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, China, Hodeidah, Military, Proliferation, Saada War, Security Forces, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:59 pm on Thursday, October 22, 2009

Update: Parliament questions al Alimi who says maybe the ship went to Somalia and the weapons will be smuggled to Yemen from there.

Original Post: Actually it makes as much sense one way or the other, whether the shipment from Faris Manna (and the Defense Ministry) ultimately goes to the rebels or al Qaeda. I wrote in 2005 that Yemen was a primary weapons supplier to jihaddi groups all over the region- from Saudi to Gaza and lots of places in Africa. Later the Yemeni government promised (!!) to stop using brokers to buy and sell weapons. It was a big announcement, warmly welcomed by the US. But like nearly every and all announcements by the Yemeni regime, it lacked substance.

Following up on our earlier post, about Sa’ada mediator Faris Manna importing a shipload of Chinese weapons with forged documements from Yemen’s Defense Ministry: they can’t find the ship. Its in the port, left the port or never entered the port, one of those.

Yemen Post The debate over a suspected ship carrying Chinese-made weapons anchored in the port of Hodeida province in western Yemen heated up on Wednesday, with Parliament setting a deadline of next Monday for the government to submit a comprehensive report on the ship. (Read on …)

Two Students at Dar al Hadeth Islamic Institute, Dammaj Killed in Weapons Training Incident

Filed under: Religious, Saada War, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:16 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The shooter was a British student. Al Hadath is the site (listed as govt affiliated, not Houthi) that published the following, and this may be the direct link to the article:

The death of two students in training camps Dammaj Salafi Saada

تاريخ النشر: 2009-10-12 Date Published: 2009-10-12

لقي اثنين من الطلاب الدارسين بدار الحديث بصعدة مصرعهم صباح اليوم الاثنين على يد زميلا لهم يدرس في الدار . Least two of the students studying modern Dar Saada died early Monday morning at the hands of their colleagues studying in the home.

وأكدت مصادر مطلعة أن الطالبان قتلا برصاص زميلهما أثناء عمليات التدريب على استخدام الأسلحة المتوسطة والقنص في دار الحديث التابع لجماعة الوهابيين بمنطقه دماج . Well-informed sources that the Taliban were shot dead by colleague during training in the use of medium weapons and hunting in the modern home of the Wahhabi group Dammaj area. (Read on …)

Saleh calls Southern Protesters Apostates from Islam

Filed under: South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:50 pm on Monday, October 12, 2009

As Saleh mobilizes his cadre of “reformed” convicted al Qaeda terrorists in Saada, he is also personally excommunicating Southern separatists, heightening tensions and terming their deaths as an Islamic duty:

News Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has depicted calls for separation as “apostasy from Islam.”

The return to severance is like the apostasy from Islam,” President Saleh said in a meeting with participants in the 3rd Conference of Yemeni Expatriates held in Sana’a on Saturday. He said: “Imamate cannot return to north and Sultanates cannot return to south.” (Read on …)

State Sponsored Jihaddists and Tribesmen in Sa’ada

Filed under: Counter-terror, Saada War, Tribes, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:27 am on Saturday, September 5, 2009

First of all, the Yemeni government should stop its whining abolut the Iranian media and remedy what it sees as biased reporting by letting independent journalsits into Sa’ada. There haven’t been any since 2004. What are they afraid of? What is there to discover?

The issue of the jihaddists in Sa’ada goes to the parallel point of the Yemeni regime’s symbiotic relationship with fundamentalists which defines its counter-terror policies or lack thereof.

Ahram : Al-Qirbi also said in an interview with the official weekly Al-Methaq that the reporting of the Iranian media could harm bilateral relations between the two countries. (Read on …)

Yahya al Houthi: Saleh Regime Using al Qaeda in Saada War

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saada War, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:11 pm on Saturday, August 29, 2009

What a shocker! Just joking… Ok its Press TV and one of the participants in the war making the charge of President Saleh deploying terrorists, but there is a lot of other direct and circumstantial indications as well as a prior pattern of behavior starting in 2005.

Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda are helping the Yemeni government in its crackdown on Houthis, a dissident Yemeni lawmaker says.

“In recent months [Yemeni President] Ali Abdullah Saleh has taken many recruits of al-Qaeda who were afraid of falling into the hands of their regimes in countries like Egypt, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. His plan was to use these fighters from al-Qaeda to battle the Houthis in Saada,” Yahya al-Houthi told Press TV on Saturday.

He said Saudi Arabia also supported the Yemeni government because the Yemeni government “is meeting all Saudi demands especially those related to terrorism.”

The Yemeni lawmaker claimed that Saudi Arabia wants Ali Abdullah Salih in power otherwise “many secrets” might be revealed.

“Yemen is now a main party in carrying out terrorist plots sponsored by Saudi Arabia,” al-Houthi said.

According the Yemeni dissident, Saudi Arabia is propagating Wahhabi ideology in Yemen and the country is used as a base for Al-Qaeda operatives.

He said a training camp had also been set up for al-Qaeda members in the Waila region.

“The area’s of Malahit and Hasana which the Houthis have taken control over were also area’s where weapons were transferred from Saudi Arabia to the terrorists,” the lawmaker said.

“Reports of Salafi on the battlefield” – Aleshteraki

Filed under: Amran, Saada War, al Jawf, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:49 pm on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Its like the same day, over and over, again and again. During the last war, Saleh released several terrorists from jail on the condition that they go to fight in Sa’ada against the Houthi (Zaidi) rebels, but some ran away instead. Among the most repetitive reports since 2005 regarding the Sa’ada War and al Qaeda were those of experienced terrorists training the tribal militias for the state. Some foreign al-Qaeda always managed to show up for the prior Sa’ada wars to fight for President Saleh. Mercenaries is a more apt term. This time they started congregating before the war even broke out. Saleh whistled for his dogs apparently.

The article mentions the discovery of the terror training camp in Sa’ada during the international search for the missing foreign medical workers in June, but omits that the al Qaeda camp was actually an “abandoned military facility.” The surprising thing was that they discovered only one. If you want to find terrorists training in Yemen, start looking by at the military camps. Multi-tasking we can call it, perhaps sub-letting.

The unanswered question remains, what is the quid pro quo? Beyond the obvious transit of jihaddis of all nationalities from Yemen to Iraq, the money laundering, criminal facilitiation, prison escapes and the free flow of black market goods and services to Somalia and the Gulf, what else is al Qaeda getting for battling Saleh’s enemies?

While low level corruption and incremental deal making accounts for a good part of the subversion, there’s more going on in the upper eschelon than General Ali Mohsen’s extremist office manager Ashkar issuing fatwas against the rebels (and foreign medical workers), more than someone leaking the route for the South Korean diplomats. Terrorism as policy, Yemen gets get away with it time and time again.

On a less controversial note and previously discussed in context of the southern protests, the internationalization of any conflict in Yemen under the banner of jihad poses the serious threat of drawing foreign fighters, considering the Yemeni environment is so hospitable. However the Yemeni government is the one defining the conflict(s) in terms of apostasy and providing the hospitable environment. And in this war, this time, everything is bigger.

The following is a current report from the Socialist Party’s mouthpiece Aleshteraki, google translated:

Reports of Salafi on the battlefield, Friday, August 28th – August 2009 كشفت تقارير صحافية عن مشاركة فعلية لمسلحين متشددين ينتمون إلى “السلفية الجهادية” في الحرب التي تشنها القوات الحكومية والمسلحين القبائل ضد جماعة الحوثي في صعدة وحرف سفيان فيما يعرف بالحرب السادسة على صعدة التي انفجرت في العاشر من الشهر الجاري ولا تزال مرشحة للاتساع الجغرافي والاجتماعي بصورة غير مسبوقة Press reports disclosed on the active participation of armed militants belonging to the “Salafist jihadi” in the war by government forces and armed tribesmen against the Houthi in Saada, Harf Sufian known as the sixth Sa’ada war that exploded on the tenth of this month is still a candidate for the geographical and social expansion in non – unprecedented….

وكانت تقارير صحافية قد تحدثت قبل اندلاع الحرب الأخيرة عن مجاميع أصولية ومليشيات حزبية تتجمع في محافظة الجوف بكامل أسلحتها المتوسطة والثقيلة على اثر خلاف دام بين مواليين للجماعة الحوثي وآخرين ينتمون إلى حزب التجمع اليمني للإصلاح في المنطقة حول إمامة مسجد آل الوزير في مديرية الزاهر خلف عدد من القتلى والجرحى قبل تدخل وساطة قبلية لإجراء صلح هش بين الطرفي ما لبث أن تجدد تحت عنوان مواجهة تمدد الحوثي إلى الجوفي ولكن هذه المرة باسم قبائل دهم Press reports had talked before the outbreak of the recent war on the fundamentalist groups and militias party gathering in al-Jawf province full of medium and heavy weapons following a long dispute between the pro-Houthi’s group and others belonging to the Yemeni Grouping for Reform in the area around the mosque imam Al minister in the Department of bright behind a number of dead and wounded before the intervention of tribal mediation for a fragile reconciliation between the terminal’s just to renew under the heading face Houthi to extend the underground, but this time on behalf of Dahm…

يشار الى ان النسيج الاجتماعي والمذهبي في صعدة والجوف قد ظل حائلا دون اختراق القاعدة لهذه المحافظات الحدودية والمتداخلة اجتماعيا مع قبائل واسر سعودية tفي امارة نجران ومحيطها It is said that the social fabric and sectarian in Sa’ada, Al-Jouf has remained a barrier to penetrate al-Qaeda for these border provinces and overlapping with social tribes and the families of Saudi Arabia in the Emirate of Najran t and its surroundings

وكان حادث اختطاف وقتل اجانب يعملون في المستشفى الجمهوري بصعدة قد كشف وجود معسكر للمجاهدين في منطقة وائلة التابعة لمحافظة صعدة والمحاددة للسعودية The abduction and killing of foreigners working in the Republican Hospital in Saada has revealed the existence of the camp of the Mujahideen in the region and your gods of the province of Saada and Mahaddp to Saudi Arabia (Read on …)

Al Fadhli Welcomes/Invites Al Qaeda to Southern Movement

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Posts, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:53 pm on Saturday, August 1, 2009

What a total disaster. You know who I really feel sorry for are the dozens of people already killed, like Wadhah, who were sold out by a bunch of opportunists who prefer to win even if it means sacrificing their principles. But when you sacrifice your principles, you don’t actually win.

That’s likely the end of any hope of international support, and al Qaeda will slowly metastasize yet another valid nationalistic conflict into a fundamentalist quest. Its a shame, the movement was both peaceful and pro-democracy up until the point al Fadhli joined. Its difficult to discount as unrelated al Fadhli’s defection to the opposition and the up tick in violence against northern civilians and the security forces. At least now we have an answer about where he is standing.

The ready acceptance of al Qaeda also points to the erosion of respect for civilian immunity in war and the growing acceptance of violence targeting civilians to achieve political ends. The Yemeni government is overtly targeting civilians both in Sa’ada and in the South. Tribal conflicts often result in injuries to women and children. The Houthi rebels, although they mingle with civilians, don’t target them. Previously, the Southern movement had explicitly rejected violence and denounced terrorism in particular as an attribute of the regime. (Read on …)

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 …)

Chemical Weapons Ban “Draft Law” May be Issued in Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, Enviornmental, Proliferation, Saada War, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:26 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2009

Yemeni is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The draft law is a bit late for the people in Sa’ada some would say. SABA

Yemen bans chemical, biological arms

SANA’A, July 07 (Saba)- The cabinet approved in its Tuesday meeting a draft law concern works of the National Committee to Ban Chemical, Biological and Poisonous Arms.

The cabinet directed concern officials to complete necessary measures to issue the draft law, which was presented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Read on …)

al-Iryani: Yemen Will Act Now that Al Qaeda is Messing with Domestic Politics

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saada War, South Yemen, TI: External, TI: Internal, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:19 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2009

Unless of course they come to some kind of agreement like they did in 2003.

Washington Post DUBAI (Reuters) – A Yemeni minister downplayed al Qaeda’s presence in the troubled Arabian Peninsula country, saying in comments published on Sunday reports of militants relocating there from Iraq and Afghanistan were “exaggerated.” ——— “Western think tanks say that al Qaeda has moved from Iraq and Afghanistan to Yemen but the truth of the matter is that this is exaggerated,” Abubakr al-Qirbi, the country’s foreign minister, said in Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat.

“A limited group of al Qaeda elements are trying to involve themselves with the Houthis and the secessionists to take advantage of the current situation,” he said… “Now with this moving into destructive (militant) activity, the government will have no choice but to take measures against them,” he said, vowing a tougher government policy.
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Salafis Kidnapped the Germans, Hid Them: Tribal Source

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, Military, Saada War, Security Forces, security timeline, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:01 pm on Monday, July 20, 2009

But where are they now??? According to this report, they are alive and hidden. Please God let it be true. (The parallels to the French aid workers kidnapped in Somalia by al Qaeda are interesting if only in the timing and rationale.) Sheik Haba notes yet another specific camp where the Yemeni military is training Salafi recruits in terror tactics. I think that’s the fifth location of jihaddis traning in military camps published in the recent past. A continuation of the domestic, state sponsored jihad in Yemen naturally has regional security implications.

Yemen Times, SANA’A, July 19 — News reports said that a number of battalions from Yemeni special forces as well as other military units are being deployed in Wadi Jubarah and in other areas of the Wa’ela tribes adjacent to the Saudi borders.

A tribal source told the Yemen Times that military forces were seen moving in three fronts from Mareb, Al-Jawf and Sa’ada city and that they were heading toward Wadi Jubarah and the nearby areas belonging to Wa’ela tribes. The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the military forces told citizens that they were surrounding the house of the tribal sheikh who is accused of kidnapping the six foreigners.

“We are sure that the sheikh wasn’t directly involved in kidnapping the nine foreigners or the murder of three of them,” said the source. “The Salafia members that were involved in kidnapping and killing the foreigners persuaded the sheikh to hide the hostages until they can find a way to protect themselves from being held accountable for the murders. The sheikh himself didn’t participate in the kidnapping. He doesn’t belong to any Salafia groups. In addition, he doesn’t object to the existence of Christian missionary groups or any other religion in the governorate.” — Sources reported that the armed group that kidnapped the foreigners is affiliated with Wahabi Salafia extremists who are opposed to the existence of Christian missionaries who have been working at the Al-Jumhuri Hospital in the capital city of Sa’ada for 35 years. (Read on …)

Yemeni Military Training Salafis in Al Qaeda Camps: Rebels

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, Military, TI: External, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:16 pm on Sunday, July 19, 2009

Can I get some coordinates please, a specific location? Akkk, it wouldn’t matter, would it? Many locations were recently published including the military-supported al Qaeda training camps in the mountains near Ja’ar and the one outside Sana’a with the bus route; nobody cares, not a whit. Its amazing. These religious zealots are traveling to various theaters of jihad all over (including Iraq) with government sanction and aided by instruments of the Yemeni state, and no one cares. There’s a lot of empty talk in the world today, but when “group think”, politics and personal benefit overpower individuals’ and organizations’ dedication to strategic national interest, things are looking bleak indeed.

Sahwa Net – While the uncertainty of kidnapping nine foreigners in Saada province has not disclosed, Yemen’s authorities and al-Houthi rebels are still exchanging accusations on the case.

The spokesman of al-Houth rebels accused the Yemeni authorities of supplying Salafi groups of arms and training them in al Qaeda camps.

For their part, the authorities are still looking for six Germans who were kidnapped on June 13 in Saada. Yemen’s interior ministry explained that it along with counter-terrorism units belonging to the Central Security Organization is looking for the five Germans and a Briton.

It renewed its accusations to al-Houthi rebels of killing two German nurses and a Korean last month as they were in a journey with other six foreigners who their fare is still unknown to date.

When I first read this story, I thought it was an old article that popped up on the reader until I got to the part about the kidnapped Germans. Yemeni military facilitating al Qaeda in a variety of ways is really old news.

al Beidh Invokes Egypt/ Syrian Dissolution and References Yemeni State Infrastructure Supporting Terrorism

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, South Yemen, TI: External, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:01 am on Monday, July 13, 2009

A brilliant paradigm shift, in an excerpt from the text of al Beidh’s 7/7/09 speech. He moves away from the “Somali” scare tactic to provide a less threatening scenario of peaceful dis-unification: Egypt and Syria.

Love the term “air bridge” to describe the use of state resources in the transport of jihaddists to Iraq. It was so blatant. (He doesn’t mention the terrorist training thats been ongoing in the military camps for years but since the discovery of the military/jihaddist training camp in Sa’ada, that part of the infrastructure is a bit better understood, hopefully.)

Al Beidh also discusses official Yemeni arms and equipment going to Somali pirates, which we knew and is unshocking for several reasons; the first being that everybody in the black market has access to official Yemeni arms and equipment.

But its good al Beidh is talking. He’s the former president of Yemen and can’t be dismissed out of hand as another disgruntled oppositionist making reckless charges. Its not a few low level corrupt ideologs who are providing the support, its a well established and wide ranging machine.

This regime has chosen to respond to the logic of madness and hysteria instead of responding to the voice of logic and wisdom. Instead of admitting and accepting peaceful secession, as president Jamal Abdul Nasser did, with regard to the Egypt /Syria unity project, and instead of appealing to the factors of brotherhood and friendship between the two nations and following the examples of other similar world nations whose leaderships chose to dismantle their unity plans peacefully, the leadership in Sana’a choose to follow the example of Milosevic in encountering the disintegration of the regions of the Yugoslavian Union and the independence of its republics from the Serbian domination which launched the war and bloodshed; the thing that led to indicting the Yugoslavian leadership with war crimes against humanity by The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

The Yemeni regime wants to repeat the unity that was baptized with blood to end the peaceful struggle of the people of the South, who call for the independence of the South and restoration of its sovereignty and freedom.

On this occasion we are calling upon the human rights organizations to condemn this bloodthirsty occupation.

This reckless regime lives and survives on crisis, it manages crisis by creating other crisis…it is creating crisis and problems not only in our occupied South Yemen but also in Somalia as well as in the weapon markets in Yemen and in the Al-Qaida Organization cells in Saudi Arabia, it ranges from launching an air bridge to ensure the flow of Jihadist terrorism to Iraq, sending of Yemeni official equipment arms and ammunition to the Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to controlling the outlets of weapon and drugs trafficking and money laundering .

The incidents and Conclusive facts require that countries of the region and the countries of the world to remove the umbrella of protection from this corrupted terrorist regime of Yemen and support the aspirations of our people of ridding itself of this abhorrent Colonialism.

Jihaddists Training in “Abandoned” Military Camp

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, Military, abu jubarah, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:40 am on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yes, I know. There are several military camps that train jihaddists. The military built a camp to train jihaddists in the mountains near Ja’ar.

The following is an important article from al Estreraki that also references the state jihaddists fighting the Saada War. Also apparently the German and British investigators aren’t getting full cooperation from Saleh’s regime, just like the Cole.

The camp in the area between the Center and the Directorate of epaulette Abu Jabara Al near the administrative border of the province of Al-Jawf

وهو في الأصل معسكر رسمي للقوات المسلحة اليمنية تم التخلي عنه ولكن ظل معظم “ضباطه وجنوده” من العائدين من أفغانستان والذين تم استيعابهم في وحدات القوات المسحة بعد حرب صيف 1994م It was originally an official camp of the armed forces of Yemen has been abandoned, but under most of the “officers and soldiers” of the returnees from Afghanistan, who have been accommodated in the units of troops after the war reflects the summer of 1994 (Read on …)

al Nabi

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, Saada War, TI: Internal, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:04 am on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

One of my favorite stories demonstrating the duplicity of Saleh’s regime involves Khaled Abdul Nabi, leader of the Abyan Aden Islamic Army. The Yemeni regime told the US in 2003 that they killed al-Nabi in a shoot-out. Yemeni officials admitted that they let al-Nabi go after he was spotted breathing. In 2005, top Yemeni officials claimed Nabi was completely rehabilitated and living the life of a peaceful farmer. Beginning in 2005 and into 2006 and 2007, local media reported Nabi and his band of fanatics were training a tribal paramilitary for the government to battle Shiite rebels in Sa’ada. In 2007, a newspaper (Al-Sharie) that covered the topic of jihaddists in Sa’ada was brought up on charges of revealing state secrets, and the editor faces the death penalty. Al Nabi was again reported spotted in Sa’ada. In 2008, the Yemeni government announced with great fanfare that they had captured the dangerous terrorist al-Nabi after an intensive five year manhunt. The tickers all said, “Yemen captures al-Qaeda terrorist after five year hunt.” In January 2009, Nabi was at the meeting in Sana’a with Saleh. In March, Nabi (who is from Yafea tribe if i recall correctly) was fighting on the side of the regime in the Ja’ar battle (or as we call it now, Ja’aristan). The April 2009 prison release of 100+ jihaddists was defended by the Yemeni embassy here, which said they were mostly aged members of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army and not real al Qaeda. Update: now Tariq al Fadhli is saying the release was a good faith offering to al Qaeda as part of a deal where President Saleh asked them to leave Yemen for Somalia or Saudi Arabia.

Wahishi is a mediahadeen and was in Shabwa, before that Marib. Al Nabi has had a gun in his hands for years and commands a jihaddist/tribal army in Sa’ada in the service of Saleh.

General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar (President Saleh’s half brother) “holds the jihaddists file” and he is a Wahabbi. Commander of the North West Region, he has been fighting a war against Shiites using extremists and bombing civilians since 2005, but the war extends beyond the battlefield into the courts and mosques. Lets recall the connection between General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar and the Aden Abyan Islamic Army going all the way back to the 1999 tourists kidnapping. In Sa’ada today, we have General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, Khaled al Nabi and three murdered and six missing tourists in what looks like an al Qaeda operation.

There have never been any reports of Wahishi or his faction of al Qaeda in Sa’ada, and Wahishi has denounced those jihaddists who fight for Saleh. Other al Qaeda factions have made statements that Saleh asked them to fight in Sa’ada.

Sa’ada contains a lot of terrorist training camps, state allied terrorists, and extremist mosques and schools including Dammaj, the Ivy League of hard core Salafi institutes- and a media black out and no access since 2004. Sa’ada is an al Qaeda blackhole, Saad bin Laden could be there and no one would know. The fact that this al Qaeda haven is under the command of “US ally” General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar isn’t that reassuring.

If we were going to get really esoteric, we could also discuss the US intercept that includes a reference to Zawahiri sending fighters to Sa’ada for Saleh, and then a few months later there was an influx of Arab and non-Arab foreign fighters reported in Sa’ada by several media outlets.

Why the Yemeni Government is Lying: Reasons 1-7

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saada War, Yemen, attacks, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:15 pm on Monday, June 22, 2009

First an oped from the Yemen Post: Government Lying to the Media

Since the kidnapping of the group of nine foreigners took place last week, the government has been denying that the remaining six missing are dead. Independent and official sources in Sa’ada reported that the bodies of the foreigners, who the government claims are still missing, were seen dead in the streets of Sa’ada.

What would make the government hide the news that all the foreigners are dead? (ed- I dont agree that this is necessarily the case, but the Yemeni government is for sure obfuscating .) The strategy the government is using is to wait until the crisis is given less media attention and then announces the death of all the foreigners, therefore, making it less of international news.

That is the same reason the government blamed Houthi militants for the attacks and not tribesmen or Al-Qaeda. Both have histories of kidnapping and killing foreigners, but the government blamed Houthis because it would be more of a local problem.

If Al-Qaeda was blamed, the country would automatically be given international media attention, and western countries would immediately announce that Yemen is a safe haven for Al-Qaeda.

Now thats a damned good question right there, why would the Yemeni government lie to the media and to the international community? The confusion, contradictory statements and the strong push to blame the rebels has not aided the investigation. There’s quite a few possibilities.

1- the drug smugglers are usually regime affiliated, and the Houthis have hindered their trade since the cease fire when the rebels assumed control of some areas. The first possibility is: regime affiliated drug dealers kidnapped the medical workers, which was the first story on the streets, in a bid to restart the war or to negotiate for a seized drug shipment.

2- the Salafi mosque preachers (who were actively instigating against the medical workers) were doing so at the behest of the regime itself (just like the preachers agitate against the southerners etc.)

3- with the harshly critical international reports about the government denying aid groups access to internally displaced persons in Sa’ada, the regime is trying to get the aid groups to leave voluntarily. Why the Sa’ada region is closed off to all media and outsiders since 2004 may be due to several factors- the regime affiliated al Qaeda presence, the government attacks on civilians, criminal activities and smuggling into Saudi and the other things in Sa’ada they wish to hide.

4- the non-blaming of al Qaeda may be related to the fact that the al Qaeda in Sa’ada are all working for and/or associated with the regime and Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, so even if they did it, the regime would try to hide it, as opposed to other situations where the regime blames al Qaeda as a strawman just to get international support. I know the world is mesmerized by that al Qaeda bit of bling known as al Wahishi; however, the extremists in Sa’ada are not under al Wahishi, its a distinct group (not just fighters) and well entrenched and supported.

5- the blaming of the Houthis would take some pressure off the Yemeni regime when they resume the war. If the rebels are cast as such inhumane creatures as to murder nurses in cold blood, then few will care when the Yemeni military starts bombing villages and blockading food again. The biggest kidnapper historically in Yemen by far is the Yemeni government, but often they operate by proxy.

6- the Yemeni government lies so much, they don’t know how to tell the truth. Seriously there hasn’t been a fully truthful Yemeni government statement about the Sa’ada War, the Southern Mobility, the attacks on journalists, the budget, etc. for years. Al Qaeda operatives are out of jail when they are supposed to be in, announced as being hunted when in fact they receive military salaries, announced as dead when they are in fact living. You have to read the government newspaper standing on your head for it to make sense.

7- it was well planned and with all the obfuscating, the regime is giving cover, in which case the hostages would be alive, possibly in Saudi Arabia or with some drug smugglers.

Time will tell. God protect them.

Its not beyond the realm of possibility that whoever kidnapped the medical workers would be willing to give them back once that becomes to the strong advantage of Saleh’s regime. They could be somewhere with some rather confused persons who didnt expect this level of blowback. However, it seems rather likely that someone in the Yemeni government knows more than they are saying.

Al Qaeda Denies Support for Southern Mobility

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, attacks, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:25 am on Monday, June 22, 2009

This would be funny if we weren’t talking about a murderous band of religious fanatics. A top leader in al Qaeda says the regime is in a campaign to fool the international community. False hunting, some attacks, blah blah. Sounds familiar, yes? We’ll add this guy to the list of the wide variety of Yemenis from top politicians to al Qaeda operatives who make the same charges.

I think that premise is pretty much understood and the next hurdle of comprehension is- how high does it go? I’ve actually had several Western people tell me they think Ghalib al Qamish is clean. Seriously.

Oh and al Qaeda don’t really support dis-unification.

the third man in the al-Qaeda, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid denies support

فك الأرتباط بين اليمن الجنوبي واليمن الشمالي . Disengagement between South Yemen and North Yemen.

في مقابلة مساء هذا اليوم في قناة الجزيرة مع مسؤول In an interview this evening on Al Jazeera with a

تنظيم القاعدة والرجل الثالث مصطفى أبواليزيد Al-Qaida and the third man, Mustafa Obualezid

ينفي أن القاعدة تأييد فك الأرتباط بين اليمن الشمالي واليمن الجنوبي . Denies that the rule (AQ) to support the disengagement between North Yemen and South Yemen.

ولكنة يفيد بأن اللي حاصل في اليمن تحصيل حاصل كما أن القاعدة And but that in Yemen, which holds the collection also holds that the rule

قد شاركت في حرب 1994م الى جانب القوات الشمالية Had participated in the war in 1994, along with Northern troops

لكن عناصر القاعدة بعد هزيمة الجنوب في حرب 1994م But after the defeat of al-Qaeda in the south war in 1994

قد تعرضت لبعض الحملات من قبل نظام صنعاء وخاصة العناصر الجنوبية Had been exposed to campaigns by the Sanaa regime, especially the South

الذي كانت تحلم في حكم الجنوب وقيام الخلافة أو الأمارة الأسلامية على الطريقة الأفغانية و بعد أن Which was in the dream of ruling the South and the establishment of the Caliphate or Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the way and after

شاركت عناصر القاعدة مشاركة فعالة في أحتلال الجنوب مع نظام اليمني القبلي الزيدي الطائفي Al-Qaeda members participated actively involved in the occupation of the south with the Yemeni tribal sectarian Zeidi

لكن يظهر أن فكر القاعدة لا ينسجم مع فكر الطائفة الزيدية الرافضي But it appears that al Qaeda is not in line with the thinking of the Zaidi community Alravdi

وهذا سر الصراع بينهما الأساسي والخفي . This is the secret behind the conflict between the statute and the hidden. النظام يقوم أحيانا System is sometimes

ببعض الحملات ضد فلول عناصر القاعدة كونة يعرف أماكن تواجدهم ويعرف أسمائهم ويعمل على Some of the campaigns against the remnants of al-Qaeda from being known whereabouts and know their names and works to

أبتزازهم مستقلا ضعفهم والحملة الدولية ضدهم بأستمرار أن لم ينفذوا بعض العمليات Independent vulnerability and blackmail the international campaign against them that did not consistently carry out some operations

بالتنسيق مع عصابات النظام الفاسد في الجمهورية العربية In coordination with the bands of the corrupt regime in the Arab Republic
اليمنية Yemen
ينسبها الى هذه الجماعات Attributed to these groups

المغرر بها من قبل النظام نفسة ويقتل فيهم أحيانا Fooled by the system itself and sometimes kills them

بهدف أقناع الغرب بأن النظام ضد تنظيم القاعدة . In order to convince the West that the regime against Al-Qaeda.

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Neutralizing Al-Qaeda’s Support Network

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:28 am on Thursday, June 18, 2009

The following excerpt is from an interesting article by Ali Sofan at the Washington Institute that deals with the division of labor between the CIA and FBI on counter-terror cases. And I’m sure thats a relevant topic to many people. But, for me and in terms of Yemen, he also makes an excellent point about the support infrastructure of the jihaddist networks:

An asymmetrical organization cannot survive without a strong support system. The actual bomb placers and suicide bombers are few; they depend, however, on a ring of supporters for money, supplies, safe houses, travel documents, transportation, and other services. The U.S. strategy should aim to decrease the size of this outer ring as the most effective route to combat the most dangerous individuals at the center. The smaller the ring, the more successful the United States will be.

To take it a step further, beyond passports and logistics, in Yemen the government also legitimizes the jihaddist ideology as a weapon to use against its enemies. The “unity brigades” in the south and fatwas against the rebels in the north published by the military undermine the constitutional framework of the state. The government could make a fully legitimate argument against both insurgencies without resorting to religious terminology, but by casting them as “apostates” the regime further entrenches and resonates jihaddist concepts, tactics and worldview. A state sponsored jihad is never a good thing.

Hat tip to the Counter Terrorism Blog, and a fine blog it is.

Military Linked Jihaddists Captured the Germans- Paper

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, Military, TI: External, TI: Internal, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:35 am on Thursday, June 18, 2009

What the Yemen Times is reporting is a witness who saw the victims with men with long beards, another report of a phone call from the Germans, and the Houthi spokeman Sheik Sabra speculating that Ali Mohen al Ahmar’s intermediary to the jihaddists was involved.

I have to see if this Imam Zuael is the same guy who was previously described as Ali Mohsen’s extremist office manager who fatwa’ed the rebels during a sermon to the soldiers during the 2007 round of fighting.

Also the other news is the doctor in Sa’ada says the women’s bodies were not mutilated. Yemen Times:

SA’ADA, June 17 — Wahabi religious groups were involved in the kidnapping of the nine foreigners in Sa’ada last Friday, which led to three of them being found dead on Monday, according to a local source from Sa’ada who requested to remain anonymous.

The group had been on an outing on a farm in Ghuraz on the outskirts of Sa’ada city on Friday. On their way home, their 4×4 Toyota was intercepted by three armed men with beards in a black Suzuki Grand Vitara.

According to the source, a Yemeni nurse working with four of the kidnapped Germans at Al-Jumhuri Hospital in Sa’ada said she received a call from the Germans as they were harassed by the kidnappers. She reported the attack to the local authority and Houthi leaders. We were not able to contact this lady as she refused to answer the phone.

The bodies of the Korean teacher Young-Sun Ium, 34 and two German nurses Anita Gruenwald, 25, Rita Stumpp, 26 were found by local shepherds on Monday. A German engineer, his wife and their three children as well as the Briton engineer are still missing.

According to Dr. Hamboush Hussein, general director of the Sa’ada Health Office, the dead women were not mutilated. “I had seen the bodies myself and they had several gunshot wounds in the head, chest or back, as if the women were struggling and trying to escape. We found their bodies three days after their death, so they were swollen and somewhat disfigured from being exposed to natural decay in hot weather.”

Houthi spokesperson Saleh Habra speculated that Askar Zu’ael who is a local Wahabi religious leader and imam of a mosque in the Ghiraz area where the foreigners were kidnapped is involved. According to the spokesperson, Zu’ael is Ali Muhsin Al-Ahmar’s delegate in charge of jihad affairs.

Al-Ahmar is the military commander of North West Yemen, and is known for his extremist religious positions and relations with Al-Qaeda, he is allegedly in charge of training jihadis in Yemen before sending them to Afghanistan, Iraq among other conflict zones.

The thing I always found so irksome is sometimes the jihaddis are trained in Yemeni military camps before they go to Iraq to kill American troops. Its no secret that the training of jihaddis for export is largely supervised and facilitatied by military commanders. So maybe if we ask nicely or give Ali Mohsen more US military aid, we can get the kids back, alive.

So according to this paradigm, which is not confirmed, members of the state affiliated jihaddist militia captured the Germans, either on their own or on orders (with a motive to start the next war, recall how quickly the Yemeni government blamed the Houthi rebels.)

Now that’s the problem right there with state affiliated jihaddst militias, they have a tendency to engage in jihad.

Up to this point, Yemen’s deployment of Jihaddists against the rebels has been tolerated and apparently not seen as much of a threat. The practice is often sympathetically described as “co-option”. But the threat is there. Once fanatics get blood on their teeth, they often never lose the taste. Its very hard to back off an ideology that you have already killed for. Once the war is over, where will these trained and indoctrinated jihaddists deploy next?

On the other hand (or maybe the same hand), according to several announcements, the security forces are going to break the case and find the hostages today, within hours.

UPDATE: Yes, it is the same guy, a report by the Yemen Times in January 2008 noted:

Regarding behaviors believed to instigate a new war, tribal sources noted that an extremist Salafi cleric, named Askar Zuail, who works as Office Manger for Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, Commander of the Northwestern Military Flank, labeled Houthi followers as disbelievers while giving a sermon in one of the local mosques on Friday. The preacher said that Houthi loyalists are affiliated with the Shiite Ja’afari sect, adding that “the authorities will never negotiate with them.”

The same sources reported that Zuail is leading Salafi groups that support the army in its fight with Houthis, and during the past few months he began to instigate people against Houthis and their Shiite sect in his Friday sermons

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.”

Gitmo, Al Hittar, Abu Jindal and Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Military, USA, Yemen, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:42 am on Sunday, May 31, 2009

This Newsweek article captures several truths. Its also very entertaining: Regarding the Gitmo returnees, “do whatever you want with them,” one Yemeni official told me. “Screw them, bomb them, send them to a country where they have capital punishment.”

The Reeducation of Abu Jandal
Can jihadists really be reformed? Closing Guantanamo may depend on it.

Kevin Peraino
From the magazine issue dated Jun 8, 2009
All teachers have their problem pupils. Hamoud al-Hitar’s was a young man who liked to call himself “Abu Jandal,” an Arabic nickname that means roughly “The Killer.” The moon-faced, slightly paunchy Yemeni, whose real name was Nasser al-Bahri, had fought in Bosnia, Somalia, Chechnya and Afghanistan—all before his 30th birthday. For six years he worked as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, who once personally dressed one of al-Bahri’s gunshot wounds near Kabul. In Afghanistan he got to know Mohamed Atta and several of the other 9/11 hijackers. When al-Bahri finally returned home to Yemen about a year before the attacks, “it was the first time in my life that I had a passport with my real name on it,” the former jihadist told me one morning this spring when we met in the lobby of a Sana hotel. (Read on …)

al Beedh Accuses al Wahishi of Working for the PSO

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Security Forces, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:04 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009

President Saleh has used jihaddists for years to fight his wars, attack his enemies and occasionally to blow something up (or murder a few tourists) when the international community starts coming down hard on him or the domestic scene heats up.

While its difficult for some people to wrap their minds around the idea that Saleh orchestrates terror attacks, the allegation has a little weight when it comes from his former vice-president. The charge has been made by everyone from the terrorists to the politicians. More than that, we know that Saleh openly negotiates with terrorists (for example Abu Bakr al Rabie) in order to create an illusion for the west, for example the illusion of jail. And the decades long relationship between Saleh and Zawahiri et al has to be factored in.

The internal political dynamics at the time of some attacks made them nearly predictable. They work in that Saleh achieves his goal of changing the narrative. The games that follow are outrageous and absurd. To put it even more simply, Saleh’s total lack of ethics and morals makes anything possible. Terrorism is a big part of Saleh’s foreign and domestic policy. By placing so much emphasis on al Qaeda, the US gave Saleh a vested interest in being a victim of terrorism. From the other side, while its a complex and amorphous landscape, some know they are mercenaries, and some like the teenage suicide bombers don’t.

Mareb Press

هاجم علي سالم البيض العروض العسكرية التي اقيمت مؤخراً في اليمن بمناسبة العيد 19 للوحدة اليمنية، قائلاً: بالامس يحتفلون بعيد الوحدة بالدبابات والعروض العسكرية ،من يخوفون بهذا العرض ،أبناء الجنوب .أم دول الجوار ؟ Baid attacked military parades that was recently held in Yemen to mark the 19 anniversary of the unity of Yemen, said: yesterday, celebrating the tanks and military parades, of intimidating the offer, the people of the south. Or neighboring countries? بينما الناس يموتون جوعا في الجنوب وحتى في الشمال. While people are dying of starvation in the south and even in the north.

وانكر البيض في مقابلة مع قناة الحرة من مدينة ميونخ الألمانية معرفته بزعيم تنظيم القاعدة في جزيرة العرب ابو بصير ناصر الوحيشي، متهماً اياه بالعمل مع النظام اليمني في الامن السياسي. White denied in an interview with Al-Free German city of Munich to know the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Basir Nasir Louhichi, accusing him of working with the Yemeni political security.

Al Zaidi Says Mujahadeen Were in Charge in Ja’ar

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Saada War, South Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists   — by Jane Novak at 6:57 am on Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ja’ar- Mujahadeen??? Wow! (I’m joking of course.) Ok, al Zaidi: Stooge, or Not-a-Stooge?

Governmental leniency is supposed to secure loyalty of al Qaeda operatives to the regime, and often it does. When the al Qaeda line dovetails exactly with the regime’s talking points to the international community, sometimes its meant to be. He sure sounds like a true believer though. Does this make sense- they will fight those who want to close “the Sunni centers at Damaj, Ma’ber and Marib”? I wouldn’t put all three in the same bucket ideologically. But the fact that he is defending Dammaj is interesting in a rather tedious way.

Where’s Mohammed Hamdi al Ahdel anyway? Its the quiet ones with the international connections who worry me. A coordinated maritine attack on the NATO fleet, under the guise of pirates and/or small planes, worries me. The only thing they are missing is the C4. Al Zaidi lists the international fleet as a target, so has al Qaeda Central several times.

Yemen Observer
A prominent al-Qaeda leader in Yemen said that al-Qaeda “jihadist groups” are within the Southern movement, and are playing an important role inside it. He said that they were behind the control of “Ja’ar,” in Abyan’s battles, ensuring that the disturbances which are agitated by this movement and the Houthis will lead al-Qaeda to power in Yemen and the implementation of Sharia law.

This came in a statement issued by Ghalib al-Zaidi, a top wanted al-Qaeda leader in Marib, who served a three-year imprisonment in the political security prison in 2003 before he was tried and released. (Read on …)

Al Attas: Al Qaeda is Part of the Authority

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Presidency, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:47 am on Saturday, May 16, 2009

It would be nice to have a little proof or some details beyond circumstantial evidence, but the list of persons who advance this line is astounding from Wahishi and Dhayani to bin Shamlan and al Attas, the JMP, TAJ and a variety of notable individuals.

al Baidan News:

News rebounds _ white _ the Gulf of Aden – the follow-up political editor
قال المهندس حيدر أبو بكر العطاس في حوار أجرته معه قناة الحرة الأمريكية بأن ” القاعدة من صنيعة السلطة لأنها هي من تتبنى كل التنظيمات الإرهابية قبل الوحدة وبعدها ، وتنظيم القاعدة في اليمن جزء من السلطة ، وهناك قوى في السلطة تدعمهم ، كما تم دعم الحوثثين الذين كانوا يسلحون من مستودعات السلطة”. Al-Haidar Abu Bakr al-Attas, in an interview with Al-Free America that “the handiwork of the al-Qaeda because they are adopting all the terrorist organizations before and after the unit, and al-Qaeda in Yemen is part of the Authority, and there are forces in power, backed, as was support Alihutthein who were arm of the repositories of power. ” (Read on …)

Al Fadhli: Terror Acts are Government Made Ploys

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, attacks, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:32 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2009

Yemen Post Jihadist leader in Yemen Tariq Al-Fadhli, who announced earlier he was joining the Southern Mobility, has confirmed the joining and defended his decision, expressing no fear with it. (Read on …)

Ali Mohsen, Iskandir takes over jihaddists file

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Military, TI: Internal, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:04 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

al Wasat al-Fadhli replaced as handler of the al-Qaeda file by Sheik Arif Iskandir from Yafie, an Afghan Arab in the 1980s.

Iskandar assignment rather than the best (Tariq al Fadhli) of the Committee on communication with the mujahideen
الأربعاء , 29 أبريل 2009 م Wednesday, April 29, 2009 m (Read on …)

Al Fadhli Blowback

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:21 pm on Monday, April 27, 2009

We knew it was coming.

Saleh can get away with alliances with jihaddists, and current and former actual al Qaeda, and with creating his own little mercenary army. And he does.

Saleh is largely treated like an incompacitated child. (Its the best he can do, blah blah, not as bad as some of the others, blah blah, only he can ensure stability-as 20 million starve to death. It’s such a racist attitude).

But his opposition can not do the same. After a fifteen year alliance with Saleh, al Fadhli’s about face has the potential to become toxic for the southerners internationally, but they all love him unabashedly. Fadhli brings a lot of influence domestically. Maybe thats enough, but the southern position is now ambiguous unless Fadhli makes an unequivocal statement, which he hasn’t. Only a few have questioned his sincerity or the wisdom of the unconditional acceptance of his alligence.

Previously the Southern international selling point was the promise of support against terrorism and crime. The hard Muslims, as they call themselves, are an intregal part of the Yemeni fabric (and growing more influential due to regime policies), but the legitimization of civilian casualities (domestically AND abroad) in order to impose their world view is the fundamental point that has to be countered and cannot be justified. I’m just so radical, biased whatever.

Saleh overtly and covertly supports civilian deaths abroad under the banner of “resistance”. The southerners are too fragmented to form a consensus, and too weak to allientate any major domestic grouping. The allure is too great, see Bangladesh and Pakistan for the outcome.

The title of the first blowback article is: Jihadist Leader Arms Yemen Youth; Promises Surprise

Yemen Post
Jihadist leader in Yemen Tariq Al-Fadhli is arming youth particularly jobless people in the southern province of Abyan, in a move which comes as south is bracing for an April 27 festival.

Al-Fadhli, a founder of the Jihad group in the country and who has recently announced he was joining the Southern Mobility, promised a surprise for the youth after the festival.

Meanwhile, security forces have been placed on high alert with many new checkpoints spreading across Abyan as south is bracing for the festival which leaders of the Southern Mobility say would mark a landmark moment.

Another Assassination of a Southern Oppositionist

Filed under: Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Targeted Individuals, YSP, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:06 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Number four

al Sahwa

Aden, Sahwa Net- Son of a former parliamentarian and member of the Yemeni Social Party Wadah Saleh Harbi passed away on Sunday as a result of an unidentified bullet he was subjected to on Friday. (Read on …)

Zindani Fatwas Homeowner, 150 al Iman Students Burn it to the Ground

Filed under: Civil Rights, Religious, TI: Internal, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:02 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Update: the Yemen Times has a whole other spin on the incident. The father is a rapist/murderer and the mother a prostitute, not that the charges justify mob rule.

Original: The fanatics killing people in Ja’ar were no anomoly. Salafis destroying satellite dishes in Tharmar and Hodeidah.

Yemen Post: People destroyed the three-storey house of a citizen who they accused of tearing and stepping on the holy book of Quran in Sana’a on Tuesday night.
Eyewitnesses said the man tore the Quran and treaded on it before citizens but the reason for the transgression has not been identified.
Some people in the area called the police and informed them about a person who insulted the Quran. (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 …)

Some Ja’ar Detainees Associated with Al Qaeda

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, SK, Yemen, other jihaddists, personalities, security timeline, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:59 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

In another statement, they say Jamaat al Jihad is the remnants of al Nabi’s AAIA. Another references al Hitat and Afghan Arabs. Shabwa press

he governor of Abyan Ahmed Almisri The preliminary investigation conducted by the security services with those arrested in the city of Ja’ar revealed links to al-Qaida and some of them involved in terrorist acts. (Read on …)

Jaar, Abyan al Nabi Remants are Jamaat al Jihad

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, South Yemen, other jihaddists, personalities, security timeline, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:55 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Govt paper

May News – The governor of Abyan (South Yemen), Ahmed Ahmed Almisri that preliminary investigations with the subversive elements that have been arrested during the crackdown Almoktefp cells are the last of the invited Khalid Abdul Nabi and call themselves the jihadist groups are engaged in acts of sabotage and terrorist criminal threats to social peace of the province said. (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.

Yemen Retakes Ja’ar, Jama’at al Jihad Pledges Loyalty

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Janes Articles, other jihaddists, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:00 pm on Monday, April 6, 2009

On March 28, Yemen launched a major security operation to regain control of Ja’ar in the governorate of Abyan. Yemeni authorities announced Monday that 45 of 56 wanted militants have been arrested during the operation.

Commanded by Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, hundreds of Central Security police were supported by troops from the 312th Military Brigade. Security forces deployed helicopters, tanks and armored personnel carriers. Several police were injured in the clashes which have locked down the city for a week under heavy fighting. The militants are well armed, some with experience in Iraq, and coordinated defensive tactics, including snipers.

The fighting in Ja’ar is ongoing. A large explosion in Khanfar was heard Monday followed by prolonged gunfire.

The operation is targeting militants outside the scope of the Yemeni government’s truce agreements signed with the jihadists in January. In recent months, fundamentalists attacked government facilities and summarily executed citizens including suspected homosexuals, “wine drinkers,” and a woman. Homes were leafleted with warnings against “immoral behavior”. (See LWJ report, A city falls to jihadists).

Four terrorists are reported to have been killed, including jihadist commander Mohammed Hussain al Atif. More than 300 terrorists in are estimated to be in Ja’ar. Authorities said Monday that they had captured “Haliman”, one of the militants who stormed a police station in Khafar, Abyan last month. It is unclear if jihadists Alaa al Hulba, and bin al Sha’ir were among the arrested.

Abyan is home to numerous groupings of jihadists with cross cutting affiliation by tribe, ideology, and relation to the state and external terror organizations. Tribes in the region include the Fadhli and the upper and lower Yafae tribes. The current campaign is directed at a Jama’at al Jihad (the Jihad Group) splinter group which had targeted government installations. As a result of the campaign, government facilities closed by militants have begun to re-open.

The siege of Ja’ar followed a January meeting between Yemen’s President and several jihadist factions that culminated in the release of 108 prisoners (See LWJ report, Yemen strikes multi-faceted deals with al Qaeda).

Some militants are fighting on the side of the state. The weekly Al Tajamo noted, “Those who pretended to give up on the work of jihad and acts of violence during the recent years were seen carrying weapons and fighting alongside government forces… (including) Mujahideen affiliated to the security and military leadership in Sana’a, including those who had received the money and jobs paid in February and early March in the wake of the meeting of the President of the Republic Ali Abdullah Saleh.”

Hassaan Dayyan, representative of the Jama’at Al Jihad, said the group met with Defense Minister Ahmed before the assault began and provided information on wanted members. Nadir Al Shaddadi said Jama’at al Jihad planned another meeting the defense minister and the governor of Abyan to “reaffirm our commitment to the agreement with the State” and discuss the state’s obligations to the group. Members of Jama’at al Jihad were among the militants released from prison in January and promised payments.

Ja’ar offensive may be part of wider campaign in the south

The military buildup extended to Hadramout and included stationing two additional Central Security brigades in Sayoun. Dozens of tanks were shipped by sea to Mukallah’s Khalf Harbour.

The assault comes in the midst of increasing tensions in South Yemen. Civil unrest has wracked the southern governorates since 2007 (See LWJ report, Security forces blanket Aden). Dozens of protesters have been killed by security forces and over a thousand protesters arrested.

The southern opposition is factionalized in structure but unified in its viewpoint and goals. The southern opposition defines the unified Yemeni state as illegitimate as well as illegal under international law. Southerners reference the non-implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 924 and 931 that governed the end of the civil war.

Widespread popular grievances center on institutionalized regional discrimination in the years that followed the 1994 civil war. Many southerners consider themselves “occupied” by northern forces and see the wealth of the south as “looted” by Saleh’s regime. The goal of the southern opposition is a shift in the unipolar balance of power within the state. The remedy advocated by various opposition leaders range from a confederation to independence. The concept of an internationally supervised referendum on the issue of unity or independence has broad support.


Al Fadhli Profile

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:51 am on Thursday, March 12, 2009

dtd 2/27/10

(Read on …)

GPC Exploits Oil Attacks for Political Gain

Filed under: GPC, Yemen, attacks, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:02 pm on Saturday, September 16, 2006

Talking about corruption prompted the terrorist attacks, not the corruption itself:

al-Motamar: An official source in the General People’s Congress (GPC) warned leaderships of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) against resorting to practicing acts violating the law, whose consequences will be against the homeland and the democratic process. The source made linking between speeches of the JMP’s candidate Faisal Bin Shamlan on oil and his instigating of the citizens in his electoral festivals held in Hadramout, Marib, Shabwa and the terrorist operations that targeted oil and gas installations in Marib and Hadramout. The source also conveyed the GPC condemnation of those terrorist acts and the party’s demand from security authorities for quick investigation into background and complications of those criminal acts and the sides behind them and to arrest the perpetrators and send them to public court so that all the Yemeni people will know the directing and acting sides of such terrorist acts aimed at all the people and trey to defame our homeland and offend it.
The source said the information address of the JMP in its parties’ press and the speeches of its candidate in the electoral festivals have set oil wealth a main target of the JMP electoral campaign as if those parties do not realize that the wealth is the property of the entire people and there is no space for critics and outbiders from the JMP leaderships to obtain any illegal gains whatever were the ways of extortion or pressure. The source also expressed regret for the JMP’s practices through the process of intentional deformation of Bin Shamlan picture and attributes that to the GPC. He said those practices are considered the beginning of the parties of the JMP defeat especially that the ones who committed those acts have been identified

Saudi Arabia, running low on exiles, calls:

Sana’a Sept. 15 (BNA) Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz condemned today the two terrorist attacks that targeted oil establishments in Hadhramout and Maareb during a telephone conversation with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The president thanked Prince Sultan for his stance as he praised their countries’ strong bilateral ties. Yemeni security authorities foiled earlier this morning two attacks targeting a port for exporting oil in Hadhramout and an oil refinery and a gas production unit in Maareb.

AM: Interior Minister Dr Rashad Al-Alimi added in an ongoing press conference added that members of the cell were caught this morning in the city of Sana’a and they have relationship with the two terrorist attacks aimed at oil installations in Hadramout and Marib.
The minister has made it clear that the security members seized a large quantity of explosives and weapons that were in possession of the cell.
Al-Alimi did not rule out the existence of relationship between fomenting address of the opposition and the terrorist acts. He emphasized that the forces of terror will not be able to affect the progress of the elections.

But Saleh calling the opposition apostates, seperatists, totalitarians and Tartars had nothing to do with it.

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.


Filed under: Biographies, Religious, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:02 pm on Friday, May 20, 2005

With powerful bases in northern and southern Yemen, the Islamists are likely to become the major political force in Yemeni politics. This has prompted fear by Sa’udia and some Gulf states. The Islah party is known to have contacts with Usama Ben-Laden, the Sa’udi millionaire Islamist, now living in exile in Sudan.

Since achieving military victory, the Islamists are now poised to incorporate their agenda in the makeup of the post-war Yemen. The spiritual leader of the Al­Islah party (Islamist), Shaikh Abdul-Majid Zindani. is also a member of the Yemeni Presidential Council.

2002: Mr. Zindani also is a friend and mentor to another Bucailleism devotee of Yemeni descent: Osama bin Laden. The world’s most wanted man has regularly sought Mr. Zindani’s guidance on whether planned terrorist actions are in accord with Islam, says Yossef Bodansky, biographer of Mr. bin Laden and staff director of a U.S. congressional task force on terrorism. “Zindani is one of the people closest to bin Laden,” says Mr. Bodansky, who attributes the book’s findings to interviews with various intelligence agencies, current and former terrorists and others.

Mr. Zindani, who stepped down as secretary general of the Commission on Scientific Signs in 1995, is now a leading figure in a Yemeni opposition party that advocates an Islamic state.

2004: The Treasury Department today announced that Shaykh Abd-al-Majid AL-ZINDANI, a loyalist to Usama bin Laden and supporter of al-Qaeda, has been designated by the United States as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under the authority of Executive Order 13224 and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. His name will be submitted to the UN Security Council’s 1267 Committee’s consolidated list because of his support to bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

“With this action, the international community’s drumbeat against terrorist financiers continues to grow louder and the financial noose around al-Qaeda continues to grow tighter,” said Juan Zarate, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime.

The U.S. has credible evidence that AL-ZINDANI, a Yemeni national, supports designated terrorists and terrorist organizations.

AL-ZINDANI has a long history of working with bin Laden, notably serving as one of his spiritual leaders. In this leadership capacity, he has been able to influence and support many terrorist causes, including actively recruiting for al-Qaeda training camps. Most recently, he played a key role in the purchase of weapons on behalf of al-Qaeda and other terrorists.

AL-ZINDANI also served as a contact for Ansar al-Islam (Al), a Kurdish-based terrorist organization linked to al-Qaeda, which is included in the UN 1267 sanctions Committee list.

AL-ZINDANI is the founder and leader of the Al Iman University in Sanaa, Yemen, which has over 5,000 enrollees. Al Iman students are suspected of being responsible, and were arrested, for recent terrorist attacks, including the assassination of three American missionaries and the assassination of the number two leader for the Yemeni Socialist party, Jarallah Omar. Notably, John Walker Lindh was also a student at Al Iman University before he joined the Taliban.

2005: remains a prominent business man and political leader in Yemen

Update: Kohlman: In the aftermath of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, Zindani encouraged refugee Arab-Afghan fighters loyal to al Qaeda to resettle and continue their training in the mountainous regions of Yemen. There he started his own religious university, the very same institution where future American Taliban John Walker Lindh was to study before traveling on to Pakistan. Moreover, in 1994, according to a Jordanian criminal indictment, Shaykh az-Zindani gave $10,000 on behalf of Osama bin Laden to help finance a radical Islamic terrorist cell in Jordan that committed several fatal bombings.


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