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Which other Yemeni terrorists besides al Shihri are still alive?

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:19 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012

We all knew al Shihri was alive the day after the anonymous Yemeni defense official announced him dead but apparently it takes an audio from the dead man for the MSM to catch up. I’m posting the following article because it says that “many” other AQAP leaders announced as dead are still alive, and that wouldn’t be even slightly unusual.

Yemen al-Qaeda:second man alive, US asks Yemen delay DNA test

Another Abyan source, known to be an al-Qaeda affiliate, said al-Shihri is still alive. “I am one hundred percent sure he [al-Shihri] is alive. So close sources from al-Shihri have also affirmed he is still alive,” said the al-Qaeda affiliate source. Both two sources spoke on anonymity conditions citing personal concerns.

The al-Qaeda affiliate source, reached by mobile from al-Mahfad area which is now under al-Qaeda control, said “many” of al-Qaeda leaders announced dead by government are still alive, too. “Sometimes, they [al-Qaeda leadership] avoid affirming or denying that their members are dead for fear of [government] pursuit,” he said.

Related: Pakistani Emir in Abyan

Hadi appoints judges to SCER

Filed under: Elections, Janes Articles — by Jane Novak at 2:23 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On Monday Yemen’s interim president Mansour Abdo Hadi named several judges to the Supreme Commission on Elections and Referendum (SCER). The SCER is responsible for the technical aspects of elections and has a pivotal role in maintaining or subverting the integrity of elections.

In a meeting that included UN envoy Jamal ben Omar, President Hadi selected “honest and competent” judges, the state news agency SABA reported.

The SCER will oversee Yemen’s next presidential election, scheduled for 2014.

The question of electoral reforms has been the subject of heated dispute among Yemen’s political parties since at least 2003 when parliamentary elections were last held.

Yemen’s ruling party, the General People’s Congress party (GPC) systematically rejected electoral reforms that would diminish its stranglehold on political power, the Parliament and other state apparatus. As a result the GPC and the opposition party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) have been politically deadlocked for years on the question of the SCER and other reforms.

It was Parliament’s inability to implement needed electoral reforms that gave rise to the perceived illegitimacy of government and mass demonstrations in 2011 and led in part ultimately the overthrow of Ali Abdullah Saleh, president since 1978 and head of the GPC.

In the run up to the 2006 presidential election, the opposition JMP suggested the SCER be split equally between GPC and JMP loyalists instead of selected by the President. The partisan division of the SCER was a method deployed following 1990’s unity of North and South Yemen. In a compromise, two additional members from the opposition were appointed to the SCER.

Saleh’s 2006 re-election was characterized by wide ranging irregularities. Saleh’s ruling GPC party signed an agreement to implement a range of electoral reforms if the JMP dropped its claims of electoral fraud. The GPC wanted to cement a veneer of legitimacy on Saleh. The JMP refocused on the 2009 parliamentary election and its goal of a proportional representation system.

The JMP advocated adopting the proportional or list method. The “first past the post” method in place gives advantage to the ruling GPC and established parties in general. In 2003’s parliamentary election, the GPC received 58 per cent of the vote and 238 seats. Candidates of JMP member party, Islah, won 22 per cent of the vote but only 46 seats. The GPC’s parliamentary seats increased from 123 in 1993, to 187 in 1997 and 238 in 2003. The participation of independent candidates and women candidates sharply dropped in each election.

The 2006 agreement on electoral reforms between the GPC and JMP was based on reports from impartial international observers and included redrawing the imbalanced electoral districts, redefining “domicile” to prevent the transfer of army units into opposition strongholds in order to sway the vote, and revising wildly inaccurate voter rolls.

However the GPC dominated parliament stalled and stonewalled the negotiations, prompting opposition JMP members to boycott parliament several times. Without a modicum of progress since 2006, Yemen’s 2009 parliamentary election was postponed until April 2011.

Yemen’s Youth Revolution began in January 2011 and called for the overthrow and trial of Yemen’s long ruling military dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and his entire regime. The protesters rejected both the opposition and ruling parties as corrupt, ineffective and anti-democratic. For months the United States maintained support for Saleh despite atrocities committed against protesters by state security forces. The US had invested over $300 million in Yemen’s counter-terror forces since 2006 and had little contact with political forces outside Saleh’s family and circle of elites.

In April 2011, Parliament voted itself more time in office, again delaying elections in order to “give political parties a chance to develop the political and democratic system, reshape the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, and finalize discussions over related issues,” the Yemen Post reported.

By November 2011, ongoing nationwide protests forced Saleh from power under a transition plan devised by the United States and Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Known as the GCC plan and endorsed by the UN Security Council, the transfer of power in Yemen was based on a guarantee of immunity for Saleh and his cronies. The GCC plan left the ruling regime and its military assets largely intact. Saleh retained his financial assets, thought to be well in excess of $10 billion.

Saleh’s Vice President Abdo Mansour Hadi was nominated as a consensus candidate by both the ruling GPC and opposition JMP. Hadi was the sole candidate in a February 2012 presidential “election” that saw a 65% turn-out.

The electoral reforms stalled since 2006 were not an issue during the 2012 presidential election, as the winner was pre-determined, but any unresolved issues certainly will come into play in 2014 when President Hadi’s term expires.

By dividing the interim government between Saleh’s GPC party and the JMP, the transition plan artificially empowered Yemen’s opposition parties, especially the Islamic Reform Party, Islah which dominates the JMP.

A report detailing President Hadi’s 220 new appointments alleges they were selected based on party affiliation and political loyalty, not merit, competence or ability.

Saleh remains active in Yemeni politics as head of the GPC party. Saleh is also thought responsible for militias and terrorists who are undermining the Yemeni security with violence directed against persons and infrastructure.

Mass protests continue in Yemen calling for the ouster of Saleh’s relatives and loyalists who remain as military commanders and in other high ranking positions. Other demands include overturning the immunity deal, and trying Saleh for mass corruption, and the deaths of protesters during the revolution and for war crimes prior to 2011.

Hadi’s government is gearing up to hold a national dialog in November, bringing in disenfranchised groups including southern secessionists and northern rebels.

Al Iman South, new religious university opens in Aden

Filed under: Religious, al Iman — by Jane Novak at 6:21 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2012

Aden Tomorrow: Recently opened in the city of Aden branch of the University of faith .. They university founded by and run by Sheikh Abdul Majid al-Zindani, a wanted man internationally on charges of terrorism, has failed the former president and current in his recent visit to the United States to convince the president of dropping the man’s name from the black list as stated in some leaks.

Photos Hassan Baoum, Southern Movement leader in Yafea, Yemen 2008

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:58 am on Saturday, October 20, 2012

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220 new appointments in Yemen by political affiliation

Filed under: GPC, Islah, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:11 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

President Hadi did what he’s supposed to do; he split the ministries and appointments between the GPC and Islah. The failure of the US sponsored GCC transition plan is that it reinforces partisanship in a hyper-partisan context. The Yemeni parliament- which has been sitting since 2003- deadlocked and was unable to implement required electoral reforms or any reforms for that matter. The stalemate following the 2006 presidential election led to the delay of the 2009 parliamentary election. The opposition parties had little to do with the 2011 revolution in its inception, organization or demands. The revolution was a reaction to the dysfunction of the party system. Yet the US plan divides the ruling apparatus between Saleh’s ruling party (the GPC) and the opposition coalition (the JMP) mainly the Islamic party Islah.

In the process the Obama plan, or the Feierstein plan rather, gave the fundamentalists in Islah a greater credibility, power and status than they had at the height of the revolution when the demand for a civil state (not military and not theocratic) was gaining traction . At the same time, moderates, civil society and democrats remain entirely marginalized and excluded from the political scene. The revolutionary goal was to overcome ingrained corruption, nepotism and cronyism and establish a system based on merit, talent and ability. But when the US divided up the ministries by party, affiliation to the moribund political system took precedence. Again it was loyalty over talent in determining the following 179 229 new administrators. The new hegemony of Islah in the Sanaa school system is concerning for many.

RSF Unveils Dividing Lists in President’s Appointments
Yemenat
The revolution salvation front RSF has disclosed the most important violations involving the president’s decrees, rejecting public job sharing and dividing policy.
The RSF expressed an increasing concern over public job dividing policy, condemning the revolution circumvent and warning about so-called counter-revolution exercised by some forces.
In a statement made by RSF, it called honest national forces to express its anger and to seriously consider managing violations and general resolution manipulation. It also called the President of Yemen to dissociate the military and tribal forces that said it sought tight control of the state through imposing appointing loyal figures.
The technical committee chairman of the peaceful revolution salvation front MP Ahmed Saif Hashid called Islah and GPC affiliating youth forces to free themselves from traditional forces’ dominance of their parties which he said it once again sought control of public affair and exploit country resources for their advantage.
The RSF reported names of the figures appointed by presidential decrees according to their partisan affiliation, with names of the provinces they belong to. The list showed influential figures monopolizing of overall military forces appointments, with general Ali Muhsen, representative of Islah military Flank, ranking as first. The president Hadi ranked as second, followed by the tribal flank representative of Islah party. The RSF lists showed Islah and GPC shared appointments in civic sector, with some injected appointments from other parties.
The presidential decrees are as follows:
Military sector:
S. No Name Title province affiliation
1 General Ali Salem Qaten South military Region commander Shabwa An Abdu Rabo affiliate
2 Mahdi Maqwala Deputy army chief of staff for manpower Sanhan GPC affiliate
3 Brigadier-general Sadeq Saleh Haider Aden Security directorate General Shabwa GPC affiliate
4 Brigadier-general Tareq Mohammed Abdu Alla Saleh 37th Armored Division Brigadier Sanhan GPC affiliate(not started work yet)
5 Brigadier Mohammed Saleh Akahmar Defense Minister’s Assistant for Martial Maft Sanhan GPC affiliate
6 General Staff Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alahmar Deputy staff chairman for land forces affair Sanhan GPC loyal to Ali Muhsen
7 General staff Rowis Abdulah Ali Mujawer Deputy staff chairman for marine forces affair Shabwa GPC
8 Brigagier Mohammed Ali Almaqdashi Deputy staff chairman for technical affair Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
9 Ali Ali Mohammed Algaifi East military Rigion general. 27th martial Division general Hamdan. Sana’a GPC. Loyal to Ali Muhsen
10 General staff Ahmed Saif Muhsen Midst Martial Region General. 12th Infantry Division Lahej GPC loyal to Abdu Rabo
11 Brigadier pilot Ruken Rashed Air Forces Commander Wosab-Dhamar Independent
12 Brigadier Abduallah Salem Ali Abdu Allah Sea Forces Commander Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
13 Colonel pilot Rukn Abdul Malik Chief of Staff of the Air Forces and Air Defence Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmar
14 Brigadier-general: Abdul Rahman Alhalili 3th Armored Division commander. Republican Guards Sana’a. Bani Matar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
15 Brigadier pilot Rukn Faisal Alsubaihi Air Forces Hodeidah 67th Aviation commander Lahej Loyal to Ali Muhsen
16 Colonel Hefdullah Alsadami 29th Division Mika Ibb Loyal to Ali Muhsen
17 Colonel Abdurabo Mahdi 3th Infantry Division Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
18 Colonel Saleh Mohammed Abdu Rabo Special Republican Guards Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
19 Colonel Abdul Khaleq Ahmed Shuwit Staff Major 312 Infantry General Sa’ada Loyal to Ali Muhsen
20 Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Ali Alhubashi 39th Armored Division Staff Ibb Independent
21 Brigadier Naji Ali Alzaidi Defense Minister consultant for Air Defense Affair Mareb GPC
22 Brigadier Ali Nasser Lakha’ Deputy Interior Minister Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
23 Brigadier Abdul Rahman Abdul Hkaleq Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Public Security Sector Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
24 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Alsharqi Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Financial Sector Hajja Loyal to Ali Muhsen
25 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alzalab Chief of Prison Dept. Amran Loyal to Ali Muhsen
26 Brigadier Ali Mohammed Alsaeedi Deputy immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. Ibb Islah affiliate
27 Colonel Abdullah Saleh Haran Dean of Police Faculty. Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
28 Colonel Qaideen Qaid Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Education Affair Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
29 Colonel Abdul Wali Ahmed Saleh Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Financial& Managing Affair Hajja Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
30 Brigadier Fadhl Yahya Alqawsi Central Security commander Dhamar
31 Mohammed Gumai Alhkader Undersecretary of National Security Apparatus for external Affairs Sect. Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
32 Brigadier Hassen Mohammed Hassen Patrol Forces commander Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
33 Yahya Ali Abdullah Patrol Forces Staff Hajjah Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
34 Colonel pilot Rukn Adnan Alasbahi Alanad Air Base & 90th Air Division commander Taiz Loyal to Abdu Rabo
35 Colonel pilot Ali Qassem Muthana Aldalei Deputy 90th Air Division commander for Operation Affair Dhalei Loyal to Abdo Rabo
36 Brigadier Ahmed Bin Ali Almaqdisi Taiz Security Directorate general Dhamar GPC
37 Brigadier Nasser Abdulah Altuhaif Under-security assistant of Immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. for Arab & Foreign Travel Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
38 Colonel Abdu Hussen Alsharb Personal & Facilities Guard police commander Taiz Loyal to Ali Muhsen
39 Colonel Ali Mahdi Alhkawlani Deputy commander of Patrol Forces Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
40 Brigadier Abdul Hameed Mohammed Alsosowa Financial Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
41 Brigadier Abdullah Ghaleb Alkabudi Retirement Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
42 Brigadier Mujahed Ghuthaim Military Attaché Dhamar GPC
Civil Sector
No Name Title Province Affilliation
1 Mohammed Hadi Mansour Especial secretary of the president Abyan GPC
2 Yahya Ahmed Alarasi Press secretary of the president Ibb GPC
3 Waheed Ali Rasheed Aden Mayor Aden Islah
4 Tawfieq Abdul Wahid Undersecretary of Water Supply Ministry Ibb Socialist Party(SP)
5 Adel Yahya Alhadad Chief of Public Rural Water Association Ibb GPC
6 Mohammed Ali Alsuraimi Chief of Water Resource Association Rada’a Islah
7 Abdul kader Abdullah Hanash Chief of Water & Sanitation Ministry Sana’a GPC
8 Dr.Nabeel Taher (brother of former Finance Minister Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry &Manpower Sector Sana’a GPC
9 Dr.(Not a doctor) Ali Mohammed Alnasery Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry for public Relations Sect. Radda’a GPC
10 Salem Mohammed Mujawer (brother to former prime minister) Chief of Yemen Social Studies Center Shabwa GPC
11 Marwan Faraj Bin Ghanem Chief of Arab Yemen-Libya Board of Directors Hadramout Independent
12 Saleh Sarei Ali Deputy Mayor of Lahej Lahej GPC
13 Ibrahim Ali Ahmed Alshami Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Islah
14 Zaid Ali Argash Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Unified, people Nasserit Party
15 Ahmed Ali Saleh Deputy Assistant of Abyan Province Abyan
16 Najjeb Saeed Thbit Undersecretary Assistant of Folklore Sector Aden SP
17 Zakeria Alkamali Match Sport Paper Editor in-chief Taiz Independent
18 Mohammed Awad Bin Human Central Bank Manager Hadramout Independent
19 Mohammed Ahmed Alsaiani Deputy Central Bank Manager Ibb GPC
20 Ahmed Aubaid Alfadly Deputy Minister of Finance & representative Abyan Independent
21 Munasser Saleh Mohammed Central Bank Board Member Abyan independent
22 Hamoud Ali Alnajjar Central Bank Board Member Ibb Islah
23 Ammen Mohammed Ali Central Bank Board Member Ibb Alhaq Party
24 Hisham Abdul Kareem Ahmed Central Bank Board Member
25 Mohammed Abdullah Muqbil Chief of Board of National Bank of Yemen Hadramout Independent
26 Nabeel Hassen Alfaqeh Chief of Board of National Tobacco &Match Co. Sanhan Justice &Development Party
27 Fadhl Abdul Wahab ALamri Undersecretary of Central Bank of Yemen for Local Banking Operation Ibb
28 Dr. Tareq Yahya ALkipsi Deputy Assistant of Economic Statistics. Central Statistic Apparatus Sanaa’a Independent
29 Hassen thabet Farhan Chief of Central Statistic Apparatus Taiz Islah
30 Omar Abdul Aziz Abdulghani Deputy of Ministry of Planning for World Coop. Taiz GPC
31 Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Abdulmageed Deputy of Ministry of Planning for Project Programing Aden Islah
32 Abdullah Hassen Deputy Minister of Planning Sana’a GPC
33 Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Nouman Deputy Assistant Minister of Planning Taiz Islah
34 Abdulbari Mohammed Taher Chief of General Book Association Hodeida SP
35 Dr. Senan Muqbil Ali Deputy Mayor of Albaida Radda’ GPC
36 Saeed Muhsen Hussain undersecretary Assistant Mayor of Abyan Lahej Independent\businessman
37 Mohammed Bin Mohammed Almaswary Undersecretary of externally financed Beverages Hajja GPC
38 Suleman Ali Mohammed Qutabri Undersecretary of Development Plans & Programs Sect. Taiz SP
39 Dr. Ali Qaid Ahmed Yahya Chief of Technical Office in Ministry of Planning Raima Independent
40 Salem Awadh Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Hadramout Independent
41 Osama Ali Salem Deputy Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Aden Independent
42 Abdulhafez Ahmed Alkuaiti Consultant of Transport Minister Hadramout SP
43 Dr. Abdullateef Haider Hassen Chief of Board of Academic Accreditation & Quality Assurance Taiz
44 Ali Abdulla Ahmed Consultant of Education Minister Mahweet GPC
45 Dr. Mansour Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Board of general Association for Agricultural Researches Abyan Loyal to Abdurabo
46 Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Deputy chief of Board for Finance &Managing Affairs Dhamar
47 Moneer Taha Awn Chief of Board of Credit Housing Bank Taiz SP
48 Mohammed Ahmed Ghanim Chief of Aden TV Sector Aden GPC
49 Fares Abdulaziz Salah Deputy Chief of Aden TV Sector Lahej Independent
50 Saleh Abdullah Alwali Chief of public Land Trans. Affair Association Aden Loyal to Abdurabo
51 Sami Saeed Farea Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp. Taiz
52 Abdulla Mohammed Fudail Deputy Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp.
53 Yasser Mohammed Alrefaie Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
54 Murad Ali Mohammed Deputy Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
55 Tareq Abdo Ali Aden Intern. Airport Director General Aden
56 Shafiqa Saeed Abdo Chief of National Women Committee Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
57 Dr. AbdulKareem Mohammed Saleh Althwra Hospital Director General KHawlan. Sana’a GPC
58 Ahmed Masoud Alalwani Chief of Yemen Airlines Board Abyan Independent
59 Abdulkhaleq Saleh Alqaddi Consultant of transport Minister Sanhan GPC
60 Salem Ahmed Salem Prime Minister Office Director Yafei Islah
61 Ali Mohammed Ali Assistant Prime Minister Office Director Sana’a Member of People Force Union’s General Secretariat
62 Dr. Yahya Saleh Mohsen Executive chief of Public Investment Authority Hajja SP
63 Abdullah Ahmed Zaid Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
64 Sultan Mohammed Algaradi Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
65 Abdulraqeeb Saif Fateh Deputy Minister of Local Admn. Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
66 Abdulrahman Almasani Albarah Factory Manager Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
67 Abdulrahman Qassem Bagash Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Taiz GPC
68 Abdulla Abdulla Alsafani Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Sana’a GPC
69 KHaled Ahmed Nasser Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper for Finance Affair Sana’a GPC
70 Yaser Hussen Ali Director General of Economic Corp. Sana’a GPC
71 Sultan Alsuraimi Media Consultant Embassy of Yemen in Cairo Taiz SP
72 Waheeba Sabra Deputy of chief of Research and Studies Center. Sana’a Ibb SP Political Office Member
73 Abdulqader Ali Hilal Secretary general of the capital. Sana’a Sanhan GPC
74 Ali Mohammed Alsarari Media &Political Consultant of Prime Minister Taiz GPC
75 Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawer Ambassador to U.N Org. Geneva Shabwa GPC
76 Fahad Dahshoush Member of Shoura Council Hajja GPC
77 Khaled Mohammed Alshamsi Chief of Red Sea Fish Public Authority Sana’a
78 Dr. Abdullah Awadh Alghurabi Chief of Arabian Sea Fish Public Authority Hadramout
79 Nasser Abdulla Ali Alnasabi Chief of Aden Gulf Fish Public Authority Shabwa GPC
80 Dr.Kamal Mohammed Mahiob Undersecretary of Local Ministry Adms. Ibb GPC
81 Hasen Abdulla Alshaikh Undersecretary of Planning Sect &Quran Schools Hodeida GPC
82 Undersecretary of Custodianship Sect. Ministry of Empowerment Sana’a GPC
83 Mohammed Mohammed Hizam Undersecretary of Hajj & Omra Affairs Ibb Islah
84 Abdul Rahman Ahmed Almazlam Chief of Technical Empowerment Office Raima GPC
85 Muqbil Murshed Alkadahi Secretary-general of Higher Board of Empowerment &Guidance Ibb GPC
86 Tareq Abdo Alaswadi Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect. Taiz GPC
87 Muneer Mohammed Dabwan Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect.for Accounting Affair Taiz Islah
88 Kamal Andulla Bahurmos Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Abyan Independent
89 Salem Hassen Almamari Deputy Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Taiz Islah
90 Alkhader Ali Mohammed Deputy Minister of Transport for Finance Affair Sect. Abyan GPC
91 Ahmed Ali Abdula Baobaid Consultant of Transport Minister for Yemen Red Sea Port Corp. Abyan GPC
92 Ali Hassen Alahmadi Chief of National Security Apparatus Shabwa GPC
93 Ahmed Muhsen Alyafeie Chief of Military Intelligence Department Lahej Independent
94 Naser Taha Mustafa President’s Office Director General Sana’a Independent
95 Hisham Sharef Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research Taiz GPC
96 Ahmed Abdulla Dares Minister of Oil & Mineral Aljawf GPC
97 Mohammed Salem Bin Abbod AlJawf Mayor AlJawf Islah
98 Mohammed Hasen Dammaj Amran Mayor Ibb Islah
99 Abdulghani Gameel Sana’a Mayor Sana’a GPC
100 Aldaheri Alshadadi Albaida Mayor Albaida Loyal to AliMusen
101 Ali Mohammed Alanisi Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Dhamar GPC
102 Dr. Abdulhadi Alhamdani Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
103 Ali Saleh Alahmer Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
104 Ali Mansor Bin Saffah The republic’s secretary general Hadramout GPC
105 Kahlan Mujahed Abu Shawareb Member of Revolution Council Amran GPC
106 Mohammed Nasser Alamri Member of Shoura Council Albaida GPC
107 Ahmed Ali Hasen Shabwa Mayor Shabwa Islah
108 Mohammed Kulaib Safer Executive Manager
109 Mohammed Hussain Alhaj Oil Minister Consultant

List of partisan appointments by Minister of Electricity and Power
No Name Position Affiliation
1 Ahmed Al namer Deputy director general of Electrical power Corp. for Financial & Managing Affair Islah
2 Aref Ghaleb Abdulhameed Dhamar Electricity Director General Islah
3 Hisham Abdulhameed Almurshidi Managing Affairs Director General (of Dhamar Electricity) Islah
4 Saleh Suhlol Ibb Electricity Director General Islah
5 Abdullah Shaiban Purchased Electricity Director General Islah
6 Abdulkareem Thabet Computer Director General Islah
7 Abdussalam Ghaleb Rada’a District Director General Islah
8 AbdulGaleel Alshareef Safer Project Girector General. Mareb Islah
9 Fuad Hizam Albadani Deputy Director General of the Procurement Islah
10 Waleed Almatri The Financial Director General of the capital’s Electricity Islah
11 Zuhair Alzubairy Deputy Director of the Training Center Islah
12 Hamza Alzubairy Deputy Director General of the computer Islah
13 Mohammed Alkhalqi Commercial Manager in the fourth Area
14 Abdulsalam Almarzuh Taiz Electricity Director General Isla
15 Hussain Alhamay Areas Legal Affair Director Islah
16 Sadeq Muthana Aqlan Director of Dispute in Legal Affairs Islah
17 Abdulla Alwashah Deputy Director of Electricity in the province Islah
18 Adel Sharaf Alfudail Financial Director in the fourth Area Islah
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The schools monopolized by Islah, only in Sana’a
No Name School District
1 Ibraheem Ali Hamoud Muhii Aldeen Nashwan Secondary School-Boys Old city of Sana’a
2 Samera Mohammed Hamoud Yahya Gabirbin Hayan School Old city of Sana’a
3 Ali Qaid Hassen Almahfadi Primary School Azal
4 Samiha Abdullah Abdulrahaman Kamaran Primary & Secondary School-Girls Azal
5 Ruwada Adbulaziz Fadhel Alariqi Altawheed Primary School- boys Azal
6 Lawza Musleh Ahmed Thu Alnourain Primary school-boys Alsafia
7 Ahmed Yahya Ahmed Faqeed Aloma Primary School Althawra
8 Amat Allah Mohammed Nasser Fatah Altawqi Primary School- boys Althawra
9 Moneer Farhan Mohammed Alnasr Primary School-boys Alsabeen
10 Faiza Mohammed Abdulla Altihami Alzahra Primary&Secondary school- Girls Alsabeen
11 Ali Ahmed Mohammed Hassen Nov 30th Primary & secondary School Shuob
12 Abdo Naji Ghalib Mohammed Hassan Harml Primary School Shuob
13 Fathia Naji Ali Khairan Alwishah Primary School- co-education Shuob
14 Fadhel Ali Ahmed Muqbil Abu Mosa Alashari Primary School-boys Banil Hareth
15 Abu Zaid Abdul Qawi Naji Alhors Secondary School- Boys Alsabeen
16 Ali Mohammed Hassen Almikhlafi Darul Aitam Primary Secondary School Alsabeen
17 Hiam Qassem Ahmed Albana Ahmed Hameed Primary School-boys Alsabeen
18 Nabeel Abduaziz Ali Alsiaghi Ali Abdul Mughni School Alwahda
17 Samah Rasheed Abdul Rahman Dhat Albroug Primary School Alwahda
18 Gamila Manei Hussain Alkhawlani Alquds Primary &Secondary School-girls Alwahda
19 Gamal Shwqi Ahmed Muhammed Hassan Alamri Primary School Altahrir
20 Hana Ahmed Yahya Alzindani Alfath Primary School Altahrir
21 Amal Hamoud Ali Gar Allah Alolofi Primary School Altahrir
22 Mariam Mohammed Mashouf Salahudeen Primary& Secondary School Maien
23 Nasser qassem Othoman Akhusain Primary School. Co-education Maien
24 Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Alhakeem Abdulateef Primary School Alsabeen

While continuing unveiling exercises of political Forces,
RSF Calls People of Yemen to Reject Sharing and Dividing Policy in Judicial Sector
The dividing and sharing policy continues to be unveiled by PRSF. Significant positions in ministries and corporations are being divided among feuding political parties and influential figures, especially Islah, GPC, president of the republic, general ali Muhsen, sons of Alahmar, with purpose of intensify control over all civil and military apparatuses. The judicial sector is most prominent. The RSF calls public opinion to reject such policy that damage the homeland and hamper aspirations of its peoples, and to pay attention to the divided posts in judicial sector, which would be core of the hoped new civil democratic state if its appointments were made as per standards of competency. The following list shows divided positions in judicial authority.
No Name Position Province loyalty
1 Ali Nasser Salem Higher judicial Board Member Abyan GPC. Abdo Rabo
2 Isam Abdul wahab Alsamawi Chief of Supreme Court. Member of Judicial Council Dhamar GPC. Ahmed Ali Saleh
3 Murshid Alarashani Minister of Justice. Member of the council Arhab Islah. Ali Muhsen
4 Ali Alawash Deputy General. Member of the Council Sana’a GPC
5 Haza’a Alusufi Secretary general of the council Islah
6 Yahya Alansi Chief Appeal court of the capital. Member of the council Mareb Islah
7 Rashid Haredi Chief of Judicial Inspection Board Aden AbduRabo
8 Shafeq Zqwqari Member of the inspection Board Aden Abdo Rabo
9 Mohammed Abdulla Ahmed Judicial Council Member
10 Mohamed Ahmed Alwadie Supreme Court Member Amran GPC
11 Muhie Aldeen Ali Ahmed Member of civil . Board (a) Ibb GPC
12 Ahmed Yahya Almutawakil Member of civil Circle. Board (a) Dhamar GPC
13 Jamal Qassem Almisbahi Member of Penal Circle. Board (a) Taiz GPC
14 Mohammed Abdulla Baswedan Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Hadramout Independent
15 Hamoud Taher Alqassemi Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Sana’a GPC
16 Ali Abdulwahed Amuhalil Member of Penal Circle. Board (d) Taiz Ali Muhsen
17 Nasser Muhsen Alaqil Member of Appeals exam Albaida Islah
18 Ahmed Mohammed Alaqida Member Sana’a Gpc
19 Abdul monim Mohammed Aliriani Member Ibb GPC
20 Alizi Mohammed Alazani Member Rada’a Independent
21 Ali Ali Awadh Member Independent
22 Abulrazaq Saeed Alakhali Member Taiz Independent
23 Ali Ali Albadani Chief of Sana’a & Aljawf Appeals Court Ibb Islah
24 Zaid Naji Aldumaini Chief of Al-baida Appeals Court Ibb Islah. Officer in First Armored Division
25 Abdulmalik Mohamed Algharasi Sa’ada Appeals Court Sana’a GPC
26 Mohammed AbduAsad Alariqi Chief of Mareb Appeals Court Taiz Islah
27 Mohammed Mansor Alshahab Chief of Raima Appeals Court Taiz GPC
28 Abdulwahab Mohammed Abdulrahan General Penal Division. Ibb GPC
29 Abdu Muhsen Mohammed Alwan Third Penal Division. The capital Appeals Aden GPC. Abu Rabo
30 Fadhel Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Third civil Division. The capital’s Appeals Ibb GPC
31 Sultan Omar Mohammed saeed Chief of First commercial Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
32 Mohammed Muhsen Alfareh member of First commercial Division. Ibb Ibb GPC
33 Abdulkareem Sharaf Alhamadi Chief of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
34 Ahmed Ali Sultan Alkamali member of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
35 Abdulhadi Abdulraqeeb Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
36 Nouman Ahmed Saif Algalal Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
37 Abdullah Abdo Mohammed Member of First Penal Court. The capital (Sana’a) Ibb Islah
38 Mohammed Ahmed Alshameri Member of Second Penal Court. The capital
39 Mohammed Aidh Member of Personal Appeals Court. The capital
40 Ali Ali Ribshan The capital’s Member of Commercial Division Mareb Islah
41 Fuad Ahmed Abdul Rahman The capital’s Appeals Court Member Taiz independent
42 Abdullah Ahmed Massoud Alusofi Taiz Appeals Court Member Taiz GPC
43 Nabeel Abdulhabeeb Alnaqeeb Member of Commercial Division. Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz GPC
44 Najeeb Mohammed saleh Qadery Chief of Third Penal Court. Hodeida Ibb GPC
45 Mohammed Abdulghani Saleh Alshamiri Member of Civil Division in Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz Islah
46 Ahmed Ameen Abdulla Almilaiki Member of Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
47 Abdulnaser Saleh Muslih Alsaeed Chief of Second Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
48 Mohammed Ahmed Jumsan Member of Penal Court Division. Hadramout Appeals Court Taiz Islah
49 Abdullatif Ismail Saleh Chief of Civil Court Division. Ammran
50 Nabeel Abdulwahab Juma’an Amran Appeals Court Member Sana’a GPC
51 Ameen Abbas Almaqtari Member of Civil Court Division. Alduraima Appeals Islah
52 Ibraheem Mohammed saeed A judge in Bani Alhareth Court

Raima Islah
53 Abdullatef Abdulrahman Member of Hajja Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
54 Nabeel Abdu Othoman Alhalimi The capital’s Prime Commercial Court Ibb GPC
55 Hilal Hafed Ali Mahfal chief of Specialized Court. The Capital Raima Islah & Ali Muhsen
56 Mohammed Ahmed Qaid Alshaghdri Chief of Taiz Commercial Court Taiz Islah
57 Shatila Ahmed Abdul Rahman Albattah A judge in Alqatn’s Court Aden Arbitrarily moved, due to a case about Minister of Justice
58 Abdullah Saleh Ahmed Chief of Hamdan Prime Court Aldhalei Islah
59 Abdulhafez Hizam Abdulla Chief of Northern Hodeida Prime Court Islah Islah
60 Mustafa Mohammed Mohammed Kashm Chief of Hodeida Commercial Prime Court Taiz GPC
61 Mohammed Abdulalim Abdulraqeeb Alsarori Chief of Hajja Prime Court Taiz Islah
62 Ali Hamoud Alaqari Chief of Qaffer Shamar’s Court Amran GPC& Hameed Alahmar
63 Mohammed qaid Mothana Chief of Aldhalei Prime Court Aldhalei GPC. Abdrabo
64 Ali Ahmed Hussain Chief of Jahran Prime Court Dhamar Islah
65 Ahmed Ali Yahia Chief of Alsharq Prime Court Hajja GPC
66 Abdulghani Abdulwali Hameed Chief of Alodain Court Ibb GPC
67 Ameen Mohammed Abdurahman Almajidi Chief of Mareb Prime Court Taiz Islah
68 Ahmed Yahya Sharaf Ali Chief of Orar Prime Court Almahwet GPC
69 Wazei Sadeq Akadri Zabid Prime Court Ibb Both are independent and arbitrary moved from Hodeida Commercial Court, violating the criteria approved by the judicial council
70 Qassim Mohammed Ali Alfalahi Zabid Prime Court Ibb

Yemen Link Dump

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:50 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

60 intelligence officers assassinated in Yemen in 2012

Sanaa: Protests call for dismissing the remainder of Saleh’s relatives from the military

Al-Qaeda kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni troops:
About 15 soldiers were killed and 25 more were wounded in an attack carried out by Al-Qaeda on Friday morning against the 15th Brigade in the coastal town of Shaqrah in Abyan.
Military sources affirmed that six suicide bombers on a bomb car managed to enter the 115th Brigade after a skirmish with guards.
They said that the bombers who had explosive belts clashed with the brigade’s soldiers and others deployed inside the brigade, affirming that three officers with colonel ranks were among the killed.
The Defense Ministry said that eight al-Qaeda militants were killed, pointing out that experts managed to dissuade their explosive belts.
This attack came one day after nine soldiers of Al-Qaeda including Nadir al-Shadadi, an al-Qaeda leader, were killed in a US air raid on Thursday.

Alsahwah.net- The French Total Company has agreed to raise the prices of Yemen’s liquid natural gas after six years of the inauguration of the project . The London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi Newspaper quoted a Yemeni state source as saying that the company agreed to raise the prices from $3 to $7 per million BTUs. (TOTAL is the project manager, the sales department and a customer for over 1/3 of the LNG.)

10/16: One official said the attacker on a motorcycle killed Gen. Khaled al-Hashim on the spot and fled the scene. He said Al-Hashim was one of a number of Iraqi military experts hired by Yemen after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The attack follows a similar drive-by shooting last week that killed a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. Qassem Aqlani was on his way to work when a masked gunman on a motorcycle opened fire on him and fled the scene on Thursday, officials said.

FOUR DEAD IN AN ARMED ROBBERY OF GOVERNMENT BANK The Credit Agriculture Cooperative Bank in Al-Shohada’a neighborhood of Al-Hodeida was robbed at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday…Journalist Basim Al-Jenani said police checked surveillance cameras but found nothing because the cameras were switched off. “The looted money is estimated at 50,000,000 riyals, according to officials in the bank,” he said.

SANA’A, Oct. 17 — In a demonstration dubbed “Rooh Al-Thwara” (the Spirit March), Baleegh Al-Tamimi, the head of the Executive Authority at the Revolutionary Council in Taiz, along with protest organizers, called for the abolition of immunity granted to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The lawyer Haykel Bafana shown on the video is correct in stating that the US tallies all men killed in drone strikes as al Qaeda. At the same time, Obama has authorized the use of signature strikes.

US Ambassador to Yemen to Attend Pro Saleh Event; Yemen American Activists Angered

Information communication technology for a more accountable Yemeni government, paper by Walid al Saqqaf

Somalia: Puntland ‘Seizes Arms From Yemen’

Al Qaeda in Yemen: Countering the threat from the Arabian Peninsula by Katherine Zimmerman, full article at Critical Threats Project, always worth a close read

Yemen Seizes Parcel Explosives: The Yemeni authorities seized explosives including Russian-made bombs inside a parcel that was sent from Hadramout province to the capital Sanaa on Friday, the interior ministry reported. “Half a kilo of TNT, two Russian-made bombs, a mine and 50-cm detonator were seized in Sanaa inside the package, which was supposed to contain henna,” it said.

Wikileaks Gitmo: Abu Zubaydah has known detainee (al Nashiri) since 1993,87 added that it was well known detainee has excellent contacts within both the Yemeni tribes and Yemeni security services. These contacts provided travel documents and cover for extremists. s8 lAnalyst Note: These contacts contribute to detainee’s risk if he is handed over to Yemeni officials.)

Al Qaeda wants to rule south Yemen for 15 years, official says

MN: Yemeni security officials, meanwhile, said they believe militants have a hit list of officials on the new government that came to power earlier this year. They expressed fears that al-Qaida has also infiltrated military ranks and has informants who report on military movements. The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Saleh, Yemen’s former president, was toppled in the country’s uprising — the fourth longtime Arab ruler to fall as a result of the Arab Spring. But constant friction between Saleh’s remaining supporters and those of his former deputy who is now president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, have added to the volatile mix.
Since Hadi’s government offensive drove al-Qaida from southern towns and cities, militants have sought refuge in mountain areas and have retaliated with assassinations of top security officials. They have also staged deadly suicide bombings targeting the military and civilian militias working alongside the army.
One of the worst attacks against the Yemeni army took place on May 21, when a suicide bomber — who turned out to be a son of a colonel — blew himself up in the middle of a military rehearsal in the capital, Sanaa, killing around 100 soldiers.
A month later, an al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd of Yemeni police cadets, killing at least 10.
In March, al-Qaida militants launched a surprise pre-dawn attack on a southern base while troops slept, killing 185 troops and capturing 73. The fighters sprayed tents where soldiers had been sleeping with gunfire. They dumped their bodies in the desert, some beheaded, and paraded dozens of captured soldiers through a nearby town.

Awlaki’s Croatian wife

The Link: Will Abu Hamza’s trial implicate Ali Mohsen and al Zindani in terrorist acts?

Filed under: 9 hostages, Abyan, Military, USS Cole — by Jane Novak at 5:24 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

The kidnappers called General Ali Mohsen as verified by one of the hostages and Mohsen who said they called to negotiate. The following article (manually translated) says that both Mohsen and al Zindani are worried about what information may be exposed during the trial of Abu Hamza al Masiri.

The 2006 book Imperial Grunts by Robert Kaplan talks about the CIA paying “bad guy” General Ali Mohsen earlier in the decade as the cost of doing business in Yemen. Mohsen officially handled “the jihaddist file” for former president Saleh until his defection to the revolution in March 2011. From 2006-2010, Ali Mohsen commanded military forces and jihaddists in Saada against the Houthis in a manner thought to comprise war crimes. State tactics, like the denial of food to the region and mass arrests, were also labeled collective punishment by international rights groups. The pipeline of Yemeni and foreign jihaddists and suicide bombers to Iraq 2004-2007 ran through Mohsen’s camps and safe houses, with Ali Saleh’s full knowledge and approval. Not to mention the USS Cole bombing.

The US is long overdue in recognizing that “some officers hands are stained with the blood of our soldiers”, instead of continually placating and bribing both Saleh and Mohsen, two of the biggest terrorist facilitators in the region. But its a long shot in the absence of a rational US policy on Yemen.

Article below notes Dajalul was appointed a government position in Amran after his release in 2004.

The Link: Trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri, in America, is it going to finish with the request of trial ” Ali Mohsen” and ” al-Zindani ” ?
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Recently Britain handed Abu Hamza al-Masri to America for trial in America on terrorism-related offenses, and actually Abu Hamza’s trial began in America .trial will address issues related with Abu Hamza al-Masri , especially those relating to the kidnapping of 16 British and an Australian hostages. it took place in Abyan carried out in 98 and the ( Aden-Abyan ) Army in the province of Abyan , Which claimed the lives of a number of kidnapped when freed. The issue then was about a close relationship with Abu Hamza, according to the confessions of the accused during their trial in Yemen. So Yemeni authorities call on Britain to hand over Abu Hamza for trial, and accused him of officially being behind terrorist operations, and terrorist groups in Yemen.

On the other hand Ali Mohsen was a close relationship with the Army of Aden, and behind the same process , according to the results of trial Abulhassan Almihdhar,the main culprit of the process., Who sentenced to death and executed, he said,” we had informed the commander Ali Mohsen of the process but it is he who instructed us to do to put pressure on the authority to release our detainees” .He added” after kidnapping told him we have got sixteen cartons”, means kidnappers. And he was in contact with us and follow the process , and then reported information said that Abu Hamza al-Masri was on full coordination with the kidnappers side with Ali Mohsen in his activities and relationships in Yemen on the other, in real Ali Mohsen was direct contact with Abu Hamza al-Masri, in Britain, in particular coordination on some financial matters.

Things do not stop at this point, but extends to the bombing, which spilled over to the British Embassy, which was carried out by the time Abu Bakr close Djajul of Mohsen , who appointed him as an officer, and was appointed director of one of the districts of Amran governorate released after the end of 2004.
And who has appointed .

And timely trial revealed elements of the Army (Aden / Abyan) that the army was formed in the (Al-eyman University ) by confessions Abu Huraira Altunisi , also Abu Hassan Mehdar revealed that he was one of the guards ” Sheikh Zindani”, who in turn had a relationship with Abu Hamza, who was sending him students Muslims of Britain and Europe to study at (Al-Eyman University ) Which founded by Zindani and includes a large group of students from different nationalities.

Informed sources said that Mohsen follow Abu Hamza trial with deep concern , and his worried increased after last meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Guard commander, and reportedly that ” U.S. National Security Advisor” said to President Hadi, ” some of your officers their hands stained with the blood of our soldiers “, and benefit information that Mohsen and Zindani formed a team of lawyers those close to them to study and monitor the trial of, in America step by steps, fearing of surprises not agreed with him. and they had told him some specific messages before being handed over to America during his trial in Britain.

due to the relationship between “Ali Mohsen” and ” al-Zindani” with Abu Hamza al-Masri, there is likely to be tried both of them , in the case they discovery that there is a link between ” ali mohsen ” and ” the bombing of the USS Cole ” and other issues related which Abu Hamza al-Masri trial about it currently in America

Original Arabic below: (Read on …)

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.

Al Beidh boycotts Southern Yemen conference, new reformist Islamic party meets in Sanna, Updates

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:12 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Update 4: News of the conference

Update 3: Nuba trashes the conference as held by those with a totalitarian mentality and says, “Ba’oum is not one of those who early joined the Movement, but joined in January 2008 and Ali Salem al-Baid joined in May 9, 2009.”

Update 2: a few months old but good analysis of the configuration in South Yemen

Update: Mousa Alnmrani, media officer at Hood, and others announced the first meeting of the new political party, a reformist offshoot of Islah. The legal thresholds to form a political party should be low enough that a multiplicity of political parties can form. Currently the financial requirements as well as the number of initial founding members are high, keeping political party formation an elite activity initially. I guess the Rashad Party is going to keep with established Yemeni tradition of not having an English spokesperson.

Party launched Federation of Yemeni Rashad, on Sunday, September 30 / September 2012, the work of its founding congress, under the slogan “the arbitration law of God and the reform of society and achieving renaissance of Yemen”, in the presence of party leaders and official representatives of the Parties Affairs Committee.
At the opening ceremony, which was launched in any of the Holy Quran, the President of the Federation of Rashad Dr Muhammad ibn Musa al-Amiri speech in which he welcomed the attendees, stressing that the party which declares today its launch will reach out to all forces and parties on the Yemeni arena, without exception, in terms of “virtue, righteousness and piety.”

Southern conference

South Yemen separatist leader Baid boycotts talks (AFP) : ADEN — Yemen’s Southern Movement kicked-off Sunday a meeting calling for independence for the south from the central government in Sanaa, but the conference was boycotted by a leading separatist leader.

Yemen’s prominent separatist leader, Ali Salem al-Baid, a former vice president who lives in exile, boycotted the conference, saying it was not well prepared.

Baid, who a few days earlier had expressed his intention of not attending the conference, and his supporters represent a hardline faction of the movement. (Read on …)

Yemen rented electric generators for more than their purchase price

Filed under: Corruption, Electric — by Jane Novak at 10:06 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Every ministry is like this, the sums are enormous, but without holding anyone accountable (all crimes were forgiven in the amnesty), there is little incentive to change practices or be more transparent. Also this scam (where generators were rented for greater than the amount of purchase, and the funds allocated exceeded the amount billed) is coming to light via the SEMC not COCAO or SNACC.

The strain on the majority of the populace which lacks of electricity is tremendous. For the origins of the electric shortage, mismanagement and overt theft of allocated funds, see my category Electric. Its also pathetic that all these scandals are only receiving serious scrutiny years after I first wrote about them, whether its the Port of Aden, the oil smuggling, the LNG deal, the diversion of medical supplies; the point being grand corruption was never a secret, and the starvation now is not due to a lack of aid or money but corruption and malfeasance.

Economists and journalists accuse Minister of Electricity and energy of tampering funds allocated for providing power

The Studies and Economic Media center (SEMC) has urged the Yemeni government to uphold transparency in clenching power purchase contracts to offset the electricity shortage across the country.

The Center criticized the violations committed by the government when it bought a total of 60 megawatts over the past few months at the price of of 35.5 million to offset electricity shortage in Aden for two years.

The amount, which is much higher than the real value of the leased generators generating the purchased power, also includes 3.5 million in insurance to be paid for maintenance and fuel, it highlighted. It pointed out that the power bills handed over to Aden port and free zone customs authorities amounted to only 10 million while the value of the purchased power stood at 35.5 million dollars. (Read on …)

Misunderstanding the concept of “state”, Hashid tribesmen declare war on Houthis & pledge loyalty to Hadi

Filed under: Saada War, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 9:48 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

1) head of the PSO Galed al Gamish has to go, neutrality or not, 2) loyalty to the state does not mean taking up arms unilaterally to wage a sub-war 3) the Houthi issue has to be resolved through dialog not arms 4) applying the constitution does not mean taking the law into your own hands or applying a violent tribal remedy, does Sadiq have any idea how contradictory and illogical that position is? 5) the Houthis have to stop expanding and fighting, there is no doubt, but Hashid tribesmen launching a seventh Saada war is only going to be another pointless blood bath and 6) Yemeni politics is comprised of various competing cults of personality in an ever shifting caste system.

Yemen Fox, Tribal unanimous agreement to free Sa’ada of Houthis

Sheikhs and officials of Yemeni Hashid Tribe reiterated their support to President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi in building the new Yemen.

At their Saturday meeting hosted by the Tribe’s senior Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmer, sheikhs and tribesmen of Hashid stated that they “will not remain tied-handed towards violence ongoing in Raida, Sa’ada, Hajjah and some nearby areas,” calling on other tribesmen to line up and unite position against “enemies of the nation.” (Read on …)

SOHR Quarterly Report, Human Rights abuses in South Yemen, fatality list

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:33 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

This is the SOHR quarterly report from June through August 2012. I’m popping out the section on air strikes which notes the hits and misses, and the fatality list which includes all dead including airstrikes (it skips from 81 to 97) and pasting the entire 34 page report below and asking the Southern Observatory on Human Rights to post it to Scribd.

Its substantial documentation (complete with photos) of the ongoing targeting of southerners, innocent people, because of activities related to the Southern Mobility movement. The woman killed on the way to pick up her wedding dress and the guy dragged to death behind a government car are particularly egregious. While physical damage and deaths from the CT air strikes are mixed in, overall the report documents injuries at protests, the targeting of journalists, assassinations and the same type of collective brutality that has been going on since 2007.

With the National Dialog looming, Hadi has to step in with some confidence building measures, or at least denounce the pogrom, or it will demonstrate he either has no control or is in favor of it. The SOHR really needs a website. The following is the English version as received:

Air strikes hit civilian houses :
Resort Yemeni regime in confrontations with elements (Al Qaeda) to use air strikes, raids, which often exceeded its goals to claim the lives of civilian citizens, and some of them have target individuals not connected with al-Qaeda, as well as what caused the raids of threat and intimidation of the people fear that devastating missiles.would follow them.

While condemning the observatory those raids that results are in turn extrajudicial killings, as well as non-observance of the norms of humanity, we call on the government of Yemen not to resort to use whether using their air jets for war or those carried out by U.S. drone, as operations are not justified , Authority forces can field tracking methods lead to the fight against terrorism and the arrest of its elements and bring them to trial in accordance with the law, as much as they were able on June 12 of Liberation Abyan province of those elements.

We note that these raids, although achieved some goals, but it can cause loss of lives and property of civilians, making it unacceptable way, lead to pitting and wrath of the citizens of the south towards them. There still massacre village expedited killed 56 people, mostly women and children, in December 2009 still visible, as the raid carried out in the area “Khcamr” Directorate cotton on 29 Aug. and killed Professor Educational Salem bin Ahmed Jaber and Captain Walid bin Abdullah Jaber without have two links with al-Qaeda according to assertions parents, had aroused the wrath and anger of the citizens of the province of Hadramout and other southern provinces .

Also fell victim to an air raid carried out on June 14 on the city of Shakra of Abyan province, four children and a woman and injuring four others, including the bombing of a house belonging to “Hadi Amavat” and claimed the lives of his wife and two daughters. Also hit a house belonging to “Almawwada” next to it, as well as vertical house that killed his son, aged 4 years and 6 years old daughter.

Also led an air raid carried out on 13 June on the city of Azzan Shabwa province to the destruction of plant structural brick-making, as well as a nearby houses of Razi clinic and a damaged mosques worship. On the other hand led airstrike on June 20 injured motorcade continued to the International Red Cross Organization in Mahvd and caused the death of a member of the Group, Mr. Hussein Saleh Al Yazidi .

The flights, which have been implemented by government aircraft and other unidentified cities and districts south, are other not takes into account the legal systems of flying do not

Fatality list

Killed southern people by different attacks in the period:
June, July and August 2012
Nr Name Date Province Case Comments
1. Mohammed F Nasse 2012- 6-1 Lahj killed In shooting on a protest march in Alhoutah
2. Farooq M H Mohammed 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
3. Ali A Halim 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
4. Sallal A Fadhl 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
5. Salim M Alqarqari 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
6. Ali S Alqubati 2012- 6-8 Lahj killed In shooting on people in the Market of Alanad.
7. Abdulhamid S Rashid 2012- 6-9 Aden died due to As a result of torture during
8. Azman A Alfaqih 2012- 6-10 Lahj killed In shooting on a people in Aldhali
9. Khalid Assawab 2012- 6-12 Shabwah killed Killed by somebody protected by governmental parties
10. Hadi Ambaat 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on his house in Shuqrah
11. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s wife) 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed By an air raid on her home in Shuqrah
12. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s 1st daughter)
2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
13. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s 2nd daughter)
2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
14. Um Salim A Saleh 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah.
15. Iman Y Hadi 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed 8 years old, killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
16. Taif Y Hadi 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed Killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
17. Darwish A Alamudi 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed 8 years old, killed by an air raid on his house in Shuqrah
18. Aina A Alamudi 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed 1.5 years old, killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
19. Shadi A Y Mubarak 2012- 6-15 Aden killed In a Shooting on Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
20. Mahrah A Bin Attaf 2012- 6-16 Aden Killed Killed by asniper in Almansoorah on her way to pick up her wedding dress.
21. Othman A Arrifaii 2012- 6-17 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
22. Mohamed M Alfayadhi 2012- 6-18 Shabwah killed By a crossfire between soldiers and armed group.
23. General Salim M Qatan 2012- 6-18 Aden killed Suicide bombing in Almansoorah
24. Mahmud M Ahmad (Azzaeem)2012- 6-18 Aden killed Injured by security forces than pulled by military vehicle in the street to death
25. Fahim S Bahakar 2012- 6-19 Abyan killed Landmine explosion in AlKowd
26. Anis M Bahakar 2012- 6-19 Abyan killed Landmine explosion in AlKowd
27. Ahmad G Haidarah 2012- 6-20 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
28. Hussein S Alyazidi 2012- 6-20 Shabwah killed By an air raid on a red-cross car in Almahfad.
29. Muad M Hassan 2012- 6-20 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
30. Abdurrahman A Alkhadhar 2012- 6-22 Aden killed By the shooting at the funeral of Gamal Haidarah
31. Fadhk K Saleh 2012- 6-22 Aden killed Tortured to death in Almansoorah prison.
32. Ahmad K Arrakhm 2012- 6-23 Aden died due to injuries Died due to injuries by an sniper in Almansoorah on 22 June..
33. Alkhadhar H |Assaqqaf 2012- 6-25 Aden died due to injuries Died due to injuries by a sniper in
Almansoorah on 22 June.
34. Ahmad S Awadh 2012- 6-30 Aden killed Shot dead in his car in Darsaad
35. Maarib N Mohamed 2012- 7-3 Lahj killed Shot dead by an unknown armed group in front of his family in
Aldhalii.
36. Mohamed S Allmahthuthi 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed in his car in Khormachser
37. Atif A Bin Ubaidallah 2012- 7-7 Hadramout killed Shot dead by soldiers in Sayun.
38. Salah S Muqlif 2012- 7-7 Hadramout died due to injuries Run over by a military car.
39. Marwan A Alazb 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Indiscriminate fire in Darsaad
40. Fahd A Aljunaidi 2012- 7-7 Abyan killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
41. Mohamed F Aldhalii 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
42. Adil H Jabir 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
43. Ahmad A Albajh 2012- 7-10 Lahj killed Shot dead in Sinah, Aldhali
44. Khaled A Assawabi 2012- 7-11 Shabwah killed Found dead in his can in Baihan.14
45. Sharaf M Sharaf 2012- 7-11 Aden
45. Sharaf M Sharaf 2012- 7-11 Aden killed Killed in his house in front of his family by Soldiers in Almansoorah.
46. Abdulhamid S Rashid 2012- 7-11 Aden died due to torture, Tortured to death during interrogation.
47. Abdulfattah Mohamed 2012- 7-11 Aden killed Found dead in Asheich Othman.
48. Mohamed M Alfaraa 2012- 7-13 Aden died due to injuries Injured by a sniper in Almansoorah and died some days later
49. Saeed A Bilfaqih 2012- 7-23 Hadramout killed Killed by an unknown person in Gheil Bawazir
50. Hani A Haggash 2012- 8-2 Abyan killed Killed by an unknown person in Lawder
51. Mohamed O Alshahmi 2012- 8-2 Abyan killed Killed by an unknown person in Lawder
52. Raid M Bafaqih 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
53. Mukhtar M Bafaqih 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
54. Abdullah S Mubarak 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
55. Mahdi A SAeed 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
56. Mohamed Grdi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
57. Salim A Abudah 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
58. Imad Albaiti 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
59. Ahmad S Hussein 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
60. Almsadi Bateis 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
61. Abdullah M Aqil 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
62. Wasfi Saeed 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
63. Raif S Ahmad 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
64. Ahmad H Alqarshi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
65. Ihab M Arrahwi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
66. Fadhl M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
67. Ali M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
68. Fathi M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
69. Ghassan A Nasser 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
70. Wajdi Tbail 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
71. Abdullah Alhassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
72. Arif M Hassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
73. Abduallah S Hassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
74. Ali S Saleh 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
75. Aqeel M Aqeel 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
76. Luei A Blal 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
77. Ali Saad 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
78. Mohamed S Hassab 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
79. Yassir Muhsin 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
80. Abdulwasi Almakhzumi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
81. Abdullah Amshai 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
90 Corpses of 9 persons handed over to their families
2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
97 Burned corpses of 9 persons
2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
98 Brigadier-general Omar S Ba-Barasheed 2012- 8-9 Hadramout killed In a car bomb explosion in Almukall
99 Muaad Alfadhli 2012- 8-10 Abyan killed Kidnapped by an armed group and found dead later.
100 Hussein M Alqarshi 2012- 8-11 Aden killed By a grenade thrown to his house in Almaala
101 Muteei A Algihafi 2012- 8-11 Lahj died due to injuries Shot dead in Aldhali
102 Azman Alwan 2012- 8-15 Abyan killed Shot dead by armed group in Jiaar
103 Fadhl Faraj 2012- 8-17 Abyan killed Shot dead by armed group in Alhalimah..
104 Sadiq F Muneei 2012- 8-18 Adhali killed Shot dead by armed group belonging to government in Aldhali.
105 Ahmad Bahmaish 2012- 8-20 Aden killed Indiscriminate fire in Crater
106 Mohamed H Bkairi 2012- 8-26 Aden killed While shooting on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah.
107 Scheich Salim A Gabir 2012- 8-29 Hadramout killed By an air raid on a car with other people. Although he did not belong to Alqaida
108 Walid A A Gabir 2012- 8-29 Hadramout killed By an air raid on a car with other
people. Although he did not belong to Alqaida
109 Abdulwahid A Saleh 2012- 8-30 Aden killed Run over by an unknown car.

Update: entire text copied below but its out of format, includes injuries and arrests:

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Quarterly report for the Southern Observatory for Human
Rights (SOHR) for June, July and August 2012 about the
human rights situation in southern Yemen.
Bern, 28 September, 2012
The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) issues its quarterly report for the period
of August, July and June 2012. The report indicates grave violations committed by the
Yemeni police forces against the citizens of Southern Yemen, stressing that such violations
inherently contradict domestic and international law which does not absolve the perpetrators
of the legal accountability whether domestic or international; especially that such violations
are marked with the cruel and violent nature of excessive force. (Read on …)

Yemenis protest for return of assets stolen by deposed dictator, Yemenia factsheet

Filed under: Transportation, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:36 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Returning hundreds of millions or maybe 32 billion the Saleh family looted would help the Yemeni govt face the dire poverty of its citizens and would take an important weapon out of Saleh’s hands. However, the Obama administration steadfastly opposed such a move, and the protesters demands, for well over a year.

The US demanded Saleh be absolved of his war crimes in a major break with international law, and he can keep the all fruits of decades of gross corruption. For example, the chairman of Yemenia was Saleh’s son-in-law. Yemenia’s fact sheet shows 60 million spent in renovations since 2000, including 20 million for an upgraded maintenance facility. The fleet is comprised of six functioning aircraft with 12 more inoperable. Several planes are on order but their status is unclear. Update: Transportation Minister pledges to recover stolen funds, assets/

Sun Herald: SANAA, YEMEN — Thousands of protesters marched in the Yemeni capital on Friday, demanding the return of millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country’s former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The protests in Sanaa come a week after several nations backing Yemen’s political transition pushed for sanctions against Saleh’s loyalists for undermining the country’s shift to democracy after a year of turmoil and bloodshed. The non-military sanctions could include freezing financial assets or travel bans.

Saleh had reportedly accumulated significant wealth during nearly 30 years in power in Yemen, which is the poorest country in the Middle East. He stepped down earlier this year after a popular uprising forced him into relinquishing power in return for immunity from prosecution. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected president in February to replace Saleh. (Read on …)

Al Beidh denies urged postponement of Southern Conference, maybe

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:23 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

I’ll update my prior post to include al Beidh’s possible denial, which may or may not mean he didnt send the letter, but I still think he’s a non-starter, an opportunist and southern Yemenis could do much better in terms of effective representation and leadership. Or maybe the statement was retracted because it was rejected and Baoum is moving ahead.

More analysis from Marib press with a bit of schadenfreude on the divide between the two southern personalities and the many distinct groups. Baoum’s group is The Supreme Preparatory Committee for the First National Conference of the Supreme Council for the peaceful mobility for the liberation of the south (SPCFNCSCPMLS). Once years ago, there was an announcement of a southern conference and elections of a unified body including General Nuba who later said said he wasn’t even there. So not only is the Southern Movement very complex, with many distinct groupings, loyalties and personalities, its often unclear what is actually happening even after official statements. Its astounding and disappointing at this late date, the southern movement can’t resolve its internal differences or even agree to the rules of the game in order to present a coherent platform and strategy beyond “independence”.

Yaf3e Press: Salem al-Baid on remarks published in the media came in exile who received newspaper Yafea copy said “starting salute fans and rules peaceful movement for liberation of the south on their interaction and their support for the message President Ali Salem al-Baid regarding postponement of the Council peaceful movement to liberate South, dated September 17, 2012, and sent to both the head of the Supreme Council for the peaceful motionless, his deputies and his advisor and Secretary General of the Council and the heads of the provincial councils.

He explained, “The president Ali Salem al-Baid stands at the same distance from everyone, and his hard and obviously what came in that letter, and it deny categorically our news tendentious received in” low home “and passed other sites, which I talked about support President to convene the conference under the current circumstances and to be held in September 30, and unless it gets.

Study: disrupting recruitment more important than targeting leadership

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:18 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Meh, maybe if we exempt bomb makers. Thwarting recruitment doesn’t get much or enough attention as an vital CT strategy, its always tomorrow’s problem.

Balt Sun: U.S. counterterrorism efforts monitor and sort vast databases of information for clues on potential plots. Now a team of University of Maryland researchers have used data-mining techniques employed by online giants like Google and Amazon.com to aid in the fight against terror.

In the same way corporate America uses algorithms to predict what consumers are most likely to buy or what ads they might click, the researchers analyzed two decades of data on Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. They were looking for patterns around attacks, including the 2008 shootings and bombings in Mumbai that some compare to the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

The study found that the most effective means of thwarting such violence include stirring dissension within the terrorist group, promoting government crackdowns on its activity and thwarting recruitment efforts — not arresting or attacking the group’s leaders.

The research has implications for current counterterrorism efforts, its authors say, and could give insight into other terror networks and how to best prevent future attacks.

Pres Hadi on US drones: more precise than the Yemeni Air Force

Filed under: Counter-terror, Sana'a, Saudi Arabia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:04 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Drone strikes are an improvement from aging and imprecise Soviet aircraft in the Yemeni air force, said Hadi, and that’s indisputable. (Why Saleh poured millions on the decrepit MIGs is another story.) Hadi, like Obama, personally approves all strikes in advance.

President Hadi was the only foreign leader that Obama actually had a meeting with, and the US considers him much more reliable than Saleh, not a high threshold to beat. Hadi said there are more controls that should reduce or hopefully eliminate errors and civilian casualties which are the primary concern among Yemenis and others. With 33 airstrikes this year, and 10 last year, the ratio of the death of innocents has dropped substantially, if we use the US metric that every male over 16 killed in a drone strike is assumed a terrorist and legitimate target.

Those in Yemen like HOOD who continually decry a loss of Yemeni sovereignty over its airspace should be reassured, but probably won’t be, by Hadi’s comments that he retains control. Those who see the air strikes as the harbinger of an impending US invasion are disconnected from reality and/or engaging in incitement and wouldn’t be swayed by any facts or adjustments to the program. The Houthis consider the Youtube trailer for the 2002 movie Rules of Engagement to be an CIA blueprint of some sort, really. Its a phrase to be avoided.

NYT: President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, elected in a one-candidate election in February, said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the precision afforded by drones gave them a marked advantage over the aging Soviet aircraft in the Yemeni Air Force.

“They pinpoint the target and have zero margin of error, if you know what target you’re aiming at,” said Mr. Hadi, a former army officer and the successor to Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after protests against his three-decade rule.

The United States “helped with their drones because the Yemeni Air Force cannot carry out missions at night,” he said. “The electronic brain’s precision is unmatched by the human brain.” —

On Tuesday, President Obama underscored America’s gratitude to Mr. Hadi by dropping by as the Yemeni president met in New York with John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s counterterrorism adviser. While Mr. Obama spoke briefly with several heads of state at a reception during the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Mr. Hadi was the only one singled out for a meeting.

CT center in Sanaa includes Oman, SA, US and Yemeni reps

WAPO: Yemen’s president said Saturday that he personally approves every U.S. drone strike in his country and described the remotely piloted aircraft as a technical marvel that has helped reverse al-Qaeda’s gains.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi also provided new details about the monitoring of counterterrorism missions from a joint operations center in Yemen that he said is staffed by military and intelligence personnel from the United States, Saudi Arabia and Oman…

Hadi’s comments mark the first time he has publicly acknowledged his direct role in a campaign of strikes by U.S. drones and conventional aircraft targeting an al-Qaeda franchise that is seen as the most potent terrorist threat to the United States.

“Every operation, before taking place, they take permission from the president,” Hadi said in an interview with reporters and editors from The Washington Post. Praising the accuracy of the remotely operated aircraft, he added, “The drone technologically is more advanced than the human brain.”

Hadi’s enthusiasm helps to explain how, since taking office in February after a popular revolt ended President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule, he has come to be regarded by Obama administration officials as one of the United States’ staunchest counterterrorism allies.

In a sign of Hadi’s standing, he was greeted by President Obama during meetings at the United Nations in New York last week and has met with a parade of top administration officials in Washington, including Vice President Biden, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The pace of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen has surged during the past year, as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula gained territory in the southern part of the country and continued to mount attacks against the United States, according to U.S. officials who said they disrupted an airline bomb plot earlier this year that originated in Yemen.

The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command and the CIA have carried out 33 airstrikes in Yemen this year, compared to 10 in 2011, according to the Long War Journal Web site, which tracks drone attacks.

In the interview, Hadi alluded to civilian casualties and errant strikes earlier in the campaign, which began in December 2009, but he said that the United States and Yemen have taken “multiple measures to avoid mistakes of the past.”

He also described a joint operations facility near Sanaa, the capital, that serves as an intelligence nerve center for operations against AQAP, as the terrorist group’s Yemeni affiliate is known. “You go to the operations center and see operations taking place step by step,” Hadi said.

U.S. Special Operations drones patrol Yemen from a base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. The CIA aircraft are flown from a separate facility on the Arabian Peninsula whose location has not been publicly disclosed.

HRW: “The (Yemeni) Central Security Forces’ failure to stop the shooting suggests either gross negligence or complicity with the gunmen”

Filed under: Mahweet, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a thorough summary of the March 18, 2011 massacre in Yemen including the literal firewall that kept protesters in the square after the snipers opened fire and the role of Yahya Saleh, head of one of the US supported CT units. The US desire to retain Yahya and Ahmed Ali in their roles as heads of the CT forces is one of the main obstacles to a peaceful transition of power so maybe Obama should sanction himself.

The March 18 massacre was so egregious and barbaric that half the corrupted regime defected to the side of the protesters. The US however withheld from calling for Saleh’s removal. In fact, US Def Sec Gates announced days later that the US had done no post-Saleh planning and, “We’ve had a good working relationship with President Saleh. He’s been an important ally in the counter-terrorism arena.”

BTW the son of the governor of Mahweet from post, Yemen: Son of governor escapes justice after massacre:

mahweetgovson.jpg

And yes, the US/SA/UN granted immunity for the Saleh regime does tend to complicate matters.

Yemen: Massacre Investigation Badly Flawed
Conduct New Probe Into 2011 Killings of 45 Protesters

(Sanaa, September 27, 2012) – The previous Yemeni government’s investigation into the so-called Friday of Dignity massacre on March 18, 2011, in Yemen’s capital is marred throughout by flaws and political interference, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Yemeni authorities should order a new inquiry into the attack, the deadliest by pro-government gunmen on protesters during the 2011 uprising, Human Rights Watch said. The attack in Sanaa killed 45 people and wounded up to 200 others, and became a symbol of resistance to then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The criminal trial of 78 defendants in the case is scheduled to begin on September 29, 2012.

“The previous government’s investigation of the Friday of Dignity killings was deeply flawed and may have been a brazen attempt to shield government officials from prosecution,” said Letta Tayler, senior Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Yemen’s new government should demonstrate its commitment to justice for serious rights abuses by carrying out a new inquiry.” (Read on …)

Al Beidh urges postponing Southern Yemen Conference, Feierstein says al Beidh paid by Iran (true)

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Civil Unrest, Interviews, Iran, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 9:34 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Al Beidh never did anything good for southerners since 2007. As teen age boys died on the streets holding his photo and were jailed by the hundreds by the Saleh War Mafia, he did nothing, not even one English statement or raising a case with the UN or documenting the crimes of a decade. Now al Beidh-for his own reasons- is impeding long overdue efforts to organize a southern conference, establish representatives and develop a consensus that enables southerners to work together to secure rights, aid and progress. (Even consistent electricity would be a great step in Aden, but its very important to get a fair share of the donor funds distributed directly to the families literally starving in the south as elsewhere.)

Below is an interview with US Amb Feierstein about Iran funneling money to Al Beidh in Lebanon, and thats true–the money flows both directly and indirectly. Also the al Faroush have made significant gains in infiltrating Hirak.

Ahmed Al Hobaishi is printing al Beidh’s photos, so broadly the GPC is cloning Hirak, but specifically it leads to the question of the linkage between the Saleh forces and Iran in the south as well as Saada.

We know that Saleh long has had good relations with Iranian intelligence, the al Quds force, so maybe the issue boils down again to Saleh, in this case bringing in the Iranian meddlers to aid in his counter-revolution by bolstering al Beidh and elements of the Houthis. Certainly Iran like AQAP would prefer Saleh back in his seat. The only question is why does the US appear to agree.

The youth and residents of South Yemen might do well to start practicing the democracy and self determination they demand from the UN instead of relying on the self interested al Beidh. Al Beidh has not confronted the southern public with the reality that the UN totally and clearly abandoned the southern cause ( including UN SC res 924 and 931) in the latest UN SC resolutions 2014 and 2051. I received the following al Beidh statement from the same source that has been sending me al Beidh’s statements for years, so its authentic. Googlish below:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الاخ المناضل حسن احمد باعوم رئيس المجلس الاعلى للحراك السلمي لتحرير
واستقلال الجنوب المحترم
الاخوة المناضلين من نواب الرئيس المحترمين
الاخ الأمين العام للمجلس المحترمين والأخ مستشار رئيس المجلس الأعلى
الاخوة المناضلين رؤساء المحافظات ونوابهم المحترمون
تحية نضالية وبعد (Read on …)

Assorted Yemen Links

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

9/30 Intel officer shot dead in Aden: The masked assailants, who were on a motorcycle, shot and killed Ahmed al-Barakani, a colonel in the domestic military intelligence agency in Aden’s neighborhood of Tawahi before fleeing the area, the local government official said, requesting anonymity.

9/29: Four GPC members killed en route to Marib and another assassination attempt on Popular Committee leader in Lawder:

ADEN (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed himself and a bystander in south Yemen on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a government official who had targeted al Qaeda militants, a security source said.

The attacker walked up to the parked car of Mohammed Aidarous, head of a “popular committee” of tribal volunteers who helped the army oust militants from the town of Lawdar in Abyan province this year.

Aidarous, the local government official in charge of Lawdar, was not in the vehicle, but a bystander was also killed in the blast, the source said. Four people in the car and five passers-by were injured. The source identified the bomber as 20-year-old Ali Mohammed Hossain from Abyan province.

Unemployment in Yemen: estimated to be as high as 50 percent, this according to recent statistics compiled by the Social and Economic Development Research Center (SEDRC). Amongst youths, however, the unemployment rate is estimated to be much higher, with statistics indicating that 73.3 percent of youths are jobless.

Analysis: Where will Yemen’s aid money go?

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Al Jasheen sheik’s forces in Ibb throw child from roof to extort funds

Sanna court recovers 300M YR stolen government money

AQAP announces withdrawal from Aden and Abyan to northern provinces

Yemen backers name groups for possible sanctions

World Bank Joint Social and Economic Assessment Citizens need to see positive changes in their daily lives urgently

Another assassination:Abdulilah Al-Ashwal, a colonel in the Political Security Office, the domestic intelligence service, was leaving a mosque in the Safiya district of Sanaa when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on him, the source said.

Yemen: Displacement, Refugees, Food Security, Malnutrition and Humanitarian Presence and a map

The Role of Youth Activists in Yemen’s Transition Process Chatham

Hadi would talk to AQAP if they renounce violence and extremism

Yemeni women worse off after revolution Asarq

Yemen Gas Company corrupt protests assert

333 violations against journalists 2011

Hadi sacks Saleh’s nephew in Washington: President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi dismissed a nephew of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Tayseer Saleh, as a military attaché in Washington and appointed a new one, Mohammed Ibrahim.

A Yemeni newspaper, Al-Shara’a said that Ibrahim is a retired general from Abyan governorate, pointing out that he could not accompany Hadi as his travel documents were not completed.

Yemen to Cancel Power Generation Project:

Saleh acts as if still in power, undermining transition

Marginalized (blacks, “Akhdam”) demand to be included in dialog

Balhaf pipeline blown up

Over 300 decrees issued by Hadi replacing officials 1) how to create a system where the best qualified and the hardest workers are selected, more importantly 2) how to create a system of transparency that holds public officials, no matter who they are, accountable for their budgets and actions

Marginalized demand participation in National Dialog Marginalized is term used by those too tactful to say Akhdam which means slave, and African-Yemenis (blacks) are subject to institutionalized discrimination as well as social abuse: “At the conference, outlets were distributed that said the marginalized people account for 12% of Yemen’s population…about 3 million, most of whom are illiterate and live under the poverty line.”

Taiz: pro-Saleh Vice governor’s forces attack government compound, rejects decision of newly appointed governor

Amnesty International 11 point plan for Yemen

Succinct: “The Gulf initiative fault is that it wanted the removal of Saleh but the stay of his regime, which is impossible,” said an independent analyst in Sanaa. “Saleh did not build a state but a gang that is still controlling the army and security forces which make it impossible for change to take place; the deal granted him immunity from prosecution and released his hand to spoil the transition”, he said.

Revolution Salvation Front (RSF) have strongly denounced policy of sharing adopted by president Abdrabo Mansor Hadi and stated in the recent presidential appointments whether about governors or the addition to technical national dialogue committee TNDC, which, in general, confirm emerging a new coalition among Hadi and Islah party from one hand, and power forces that triumphed in 1994 civil war, eliminating all political parties from arena.

Confirming seriousness of such old coalitions action being revived through recent manifestations, frankly monopolizing key positions in various apparatuses of the state, to the increase of popular anger, it calls for evacuating public job from political sharing mentality and adopting principles of competency and professionalism in appointing process, taking into account sensitivity of some political appointments, such as appointing mayors affiliated with Islah in provinces with political and social tension among Islah and Huthis. New recently appointed members in TNDC is an addition as they form the Hirak while being Islah affiliates.

Yemen scenarios and indicators Chatham

Al Masiri extradition to US cleared

Yemen To Get UAVs From The U.S.: “Yemen’s air force does not have these weapons in required numbers to meet the needs of its 120 CTU operatives,” he adds. Indeed, YAF’s Cold War-era fleet comprises around 375 aircraft, of which only about 60% are operational due to years of neglect and mismanagement, according to a 2011 study by the Abaad Strategic Studies and Research Center here.

A group of suspected al-Qaeda militants were disguised as mourners in a funeral procession carrying explosive-laden coffin near al-Urthi area, the defense complex in the capital, Sana’a.

Obama’s UN speech

Filed under: USA — by Jane Novak at 2:49 pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

As much as I’m critical of the Obama administration’s Yemen policy, I thought it was very good speech Obama gave yesterday at the UN. He explained the US government is prohibited from restricting free speech or meddling in religious affairs and why the First Amendment is so essential to the US. Also he highlighted the US’s religious diversity and said that the same rabid intolerance directed towards the US is more often directed toward diverse groups internally and is the antithesis of equal rights. And he said that we as a people believe the way to answer hateful speech is with not violence but better speech, which is self evident here but obviously is not abroad.

OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens. Chris was born in a town called Grass Valley, California, the son of a lawyer and a musician.

As a young man, Chris joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Morocco, and he came to love and respect the people of North Africa and the Middle East. He would carry that commitment throughout his life.

As a diplomat, he worked from Egypt to Syria, from Saudi Arabia to Libya. He was known for walking the streets of the cities where he worked, tasting the local food, meeting as many people as he could, speaking Arabic, listening with a broad smile.

Chris went to Benghazi in the early days of the Libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. As America’s representative, he helped the Libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all Libyans would be respected.

And after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as Libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship.

Chris Stevens loved his work. He took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met.

Two weeks ago, he travelled to Benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. That’s when America’s compound came under attack. Along with three of his colleagues, Chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. He was 52 years old.

I tell you this story because Chris Stevens embodied the best of America. Like his fellow Foreign Service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures, and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that the United Nations represents.

He acted with humility, but he also stood up for a set of principles: a belief that individuals should be free to determine their own destiny, and live with liberty, dignity, justice and opportunity.

The attacks on the civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and from the Libyan people.

There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice.

And I also appreciate that in recent days the leaders of other countries in the region — including Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen — have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities and called for calm, and so have religious authorities around the globe.

But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They’re also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded: the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully, that diplomacy can take the place of war, that in an interdependent world all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.

If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis, because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.

Today we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers. Today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. (Read on …)

Saleh’s office says no US visa in order to continue USS Cole cover-up

Filed under: USS Cole, deposed pres — by Jane Novak at 7:53 am on Monday, September 24, 2012

Its not wise to believe whats in any of the Yemeni partisan papers without a strong dose of skepticism, but the articles are usually half true if not more, and always well spun. The challenge is figuring out which half is fact and which half is fiction and spin.

The following article in the Yemen Observer is quoting an article in the pro-Saleh Yemen Today reporting that Saleh’s office said the US denied him a visa to protect him from questioning related to the 2000 al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole which the US would find embarrassing. Saleh’s office also says President Hadi was concerned for his health and asked Saleh to go to the US for treatment.

So either: 1) the US denied the visa for other reasons and Saleh is lying and trying to appear under the protection of the US, or 2) the embassy denied the visa for their own reasons and told Saleh they were protecting themselves or 3) the embassy denied the visa to save the US from embarrassment as he said. And what a disaster the timeline of the Cole attack is, from well before the attack up to 9/11, from President Clinton through the two Bush terms to the current Obama/Clinton stewardship.

If Saleh is being protected by the US in order to keep his mouth shut, as repugnant as that would be, it would explain the entire US Yemen policy from the beginning of the 2011 revolution until today which otherwise makes little sense. The immunity clause for Saleh and his government is unheard of in international law, yet the US strong armed all the parties into accepting it and Saleh’s continued presence in Yemen. No one in their right mind would ever expect Saleh to give up power quietly and fade away. His disrupting the transition was the sure bet.

There’s more secrets beyond the Cole like the disappearing CT funds, weapons and equipment, and the diversion of US trained CT units to Saada and against unarmed protesters. There’s also the head of the CT unit’s multi-million dollar condos in DC, referring of course to Ahmed Saleh, deposed president Ali Saleh’s son. So even freezing Saleh’s assets might be embarrassing. Returning Saleh’s funds to the Yemeni treasury remains a top demand of the protesters and it would have been the logic first step in dis-empowering him.

Saleh would not leave Yemen for any reason Yemen Observer, Written By: Nasser Arrabyee, Article Date: Sep 23, 2012

The Yemeni former President Ali Abdullah Saleh would not leave Yemen now, nor in the future, said sources in his office on Friday.

“The former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has not any desire to leave his homeland for any reason whatsoever,” said Yemen Today daily, quoted the sources as saying. Yemen Today is one of Saleh’s party newspapers.

“Yemen needs Saleh in such circumstances, so he should not leave now nor in the future,” the paper said.

Earlier in the week,the US ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstien said that the American embassy delayed a visa request for Saleh and a number of his companions. Mr Feierstein said in a press conference earlier this week in Sanaa, that the time was not appropriate for Saleh to visit US for further treatments.

The Saleh ’s office told the paper,however, that Feierstein justified the delay of Saleh’s visa by saying the time of the visit would coincide with the trial of the Yemeni Guantanamo detainee Abdul Rahim Al Nashiri who is accused of bombing the USS Cole in Aden Harbor in 2000 in which 19 American sailors were killed. The American court may recall Saleh for testimony over the Cole issue, Feierstein justified according to the paper.

Saleh’s testimony would cause embarrassment to the US Administration, the paper said.

Earlier this year, the American court asked Saleh, when he was in a treatment trip in US, and wax still in power, to attend for testimony over the Cole issue, but he refused.

Saleh’s office also said that Saleh had never asked for the visa, but Mr Feierstein and President Hadi insisted on him to go to United States for further treatments. Respecting that insistence for his health, Saleh handed his passport and passports of his companions for visa process.

Yemen Post subscribers blocked in Yemen, update: down

Filed under: Media, Yemen, Yemen-Journalists — by Jane Novak at 6:31 am on Monday, September 24, 2012

Bumped 9/24: Yemen Post website down http://www.yemenpost.net/
9/26 site up, not clear if also unblocked by Yemen Mobil

9/23: That’s really odd. There’s nothing controversial, except maybe the editorial saying Hadi was doing well so far. And normally they dont care about the English language papers because they dont have that much influence in Yemen. However, its the new Yemen and the freedom of journalists shouldn’t be moving backwards.

Yemen Mobile Blocks Yemen Post Site

Yemen Post Staff
A Yemeni Telecommunication company, Yemen Mobile, has blockd Yemen Post, an independent news website, from its internet modem subscribers without giving any justifications.

Editor-in-Chief of Yemen Post, Hakim Almasmari, affirmed that the company gave no clarifications about the blockade, emphasizing that the company refused to cooperate to recover the service. (Read on …)

“Islamist Movements in Yemen” published by the Center for Arab Unity Studies

Filed under: Civil Society, Demographics, Religious, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 10:55 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Book review in Al Monitor,Rise of Radical Islam in Yemen Altering Its Tribalism, Book Finds

Al Monitor: How can a country with a tribal society also see the spread of Islamic political movements? In anthropology, radicalism and tolerance are contradictory. In his book “Islamist Movements in Yemen” — published by the Center for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut — Dr. Abdul Malik Mohammed Abdullah Issa says that tribes constitute nearly 85% of the total Yemeni population and that there are 168 tribes in Yemen.

At the heart of this tribal social structure is also an Islamic religious identity. Yemeni society has historically been very religious. Although there are political differences within Yemeni society, there have not been ideological or religious differences except in a few cases — for example between Zaydi Shiite Houthis and Salafist Sunnis — and this is because most of Yemeni society belongs to the Shafi’i and Zaydi sects (there also used to be some Jews but most of them have emigrated to Israel).

Issa demonstrates that Yemeni society has historically been pragmatic. Yemenis come from one dynastic line from among the Arab Qahtani and Adnani lines. Yemeni society is highly tribal and religiously Muslim, divided between the Shafi’i and Zaydi sects. In his book, Issa explains the nature of these to sects and notes that there are very few differences between them. There are also some Ismailis, Hanafis, Abayidas, and Twelver Shiites, who came from Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s rule, and Wahhabis, who came from Saudi Arabia. (Read on …)

Who owns what TV station in Yemen

Filed under: Media — by Jane Novak at 10:44 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Its unfortunate that the US media is now modeling the Yemeni model where each media outlet is the mouthpiece for a particular political party or interest group. The proliferation of new TV channels in Yemen is an improvement from the days when the ruling party dominated the airwaves entirely. Maybe an independent pubic television station in Yemen would allow the Yemeni public access to minority views and the views of minorities because the new stations seem to be a continuation of the hyper-partisan media polarization and incitement of the past.

7/29/12 Yemen Fox: Yemen’s new televisual media map has seen the establishment of a number of new satellite television channels, and it is now comprised of 10 satellite television channels, in addition to 4 local state-run channels and 10 privately owned channels. Yemen’s television network is made up of “Suhail TV” which is owned by businessman Hamid al-Ahmar who is a senior member of the Yemeni Joint Meeting Parties [JMP]; “Yemen Youth TV” which is administered by the Yemeni Youth Change Party and al-Islah party; “al-Saeeda TV” which is owned by a group of Yemeni businessmen; (Read on …)

AQAP and/or Houthis to Syria? Buzz

Filed under: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 10:36 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Last week’s local buzz. Using al Qaeda as internationally supported mercenaries against Assad is an ominous concept. Hopefully no one on the planet thinks thats a good idea. Oh wait, that’s what happened in Libya. The Houthis lining up fighters behind Iran and Hezbollah is not impossible, but I’ve never seen them export fighters before, unlike al Qaeda, and they are not lock-step with Iran. It would be new.

Yemen Observer: Former al-Qaeda leader Tareq al-Fadhli said that Ansar al-Sharia militants affiliated to al-Qaeda organization have withdrawn recently from Zinjubar and Ja’ar cities of Abyan province as a matter of partaking in the war against the Syrian regime, local media reported. (Read on …)

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