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Yemen: American Foreign Policy in Action

Posted on August 7, 2013

Yemeni security forces have been put on high alert amid warnings of an imminent attack by al-Qaeda in Sana’a, as the US and Britain withdrew embassy staff and urged their citizens to leave the country.

BBC Arabic quoted a Yemeni security source as saying “extraordinary and unprecedented” security measures had been taken, with armoured vehicles deployed at the presidential palace and other sensitive government and foreign installations in Yemen’s capital.

Dozens of al-Qaeda operatives were said to have streamed into Sana’a in the last few days, apparently to take part in a terrorist attack, the BBC said. The Yemeni claim could not be independently confirmed.

Hours earlier, Yemeni tribal sources and unnamed officials reported two US drone strikes that killed four al-Qaeda operatives in Marib province northeast of Sana’a, including a senior commander who was named by al-Jazeera as Salah al-Jumati.

Last month, the second in command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Said al-Shehri, was also killed in a US drone strike.

The New York Times reported that US intelligence services had intercepted communications between Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s overall leader, and the Yemeni head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Nasser al-Wuhayshi.

The paper quoted counter-terrorism officials as saying that Mr. Zawahri had recently elevated Mr. Wuhayshi to be the new “general manager” of the terrorist network, making him the second most important man in the organization.

In London the foreign office said UK embassy staff had been temporarily withdrawn. It also advised against all travel to the country.

A US defense department spokesman said the American airforce had transported state department personnel out of Sanaa early yesterday. “The US department of defense continues to have personnel on the ground in Yemen to support the US state department and monitor the security situation,” said George Little

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11 thoughts on “Yemen: American Foreign Policy in Action

  1. Texas Chris says:

    GW Bush's 4th term is well underway, I see…

  2. The problem with unlimited duration of war is that it requires unlimited duration of resources.

  3. isn't that where Bin'Laden came out of before he started his terrorist group El Quida, or whatever?

  4. sjbbouton says:

    Any time a camel jockey gets to find out the hard way that Allah is the devil, well, no tears from me. However, I can't help but think about George Orwell's "1984". It was revealed that, in the end, the three superpowers were in perpetual war to keep the people divided and distracted. We already have Big Brother. Our alphabet of goverment agencies (NSA, DHA, IRS, ATF, FDA…) comprise the ministries. What next? Two-way telescreens in every home?

  5. You got that right! It has become clear that Obama’s criticism of GWB policy was only in reference to velocity, not direction.

  6. A year ago we were told al-Qaeda had been “shattered” and al-Zawahiri was the only remaining leader (even though he had been declared assassinated a couple of times). Then all of a sudden we have all these massive convenient jailbreaks, and the US government is ramping up the booga-booga again. “Be afraid! Al-Qaeda is on the loose again! We need the NSA domestic spying program!”

  7. Actually the technology for 2-way screens in every home exists. Along with the microphone for that speaker function on your Smartphone, that can be activated remotely to hear all conversation in the room.

  8. Johnthelibertarian says:

    AND unlimited destruction of constitutionally protected civil liberties

  9. awkingsley says:

    The U.S. has thrown its weight around, until it is completely off balance.

  10. Seymour Kleerly says:

    You forgot the stupid and disasterous invasion of Iraq and dithering for a decade in Afganistan!

  11. Marc Goldstone says:

    A deliberate distraction by Obama to keep eyes off Iran and their Nuke program.