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American Embassy's Attack Depicts Competence Security Forces
  Written By: Hasan Al-Zaidi ( YEMEN POST STAFF ) 
  Article Date:
September 29, 2008



The last terrorist operation that targeted the American Embassy on September 15 has depicted the capacity of Yemeni security forces to avert bigger terrorist attacks on a strategic target, considered so by Al-Qaeda.

In its front page and through a big red headline, the state-run Al-Thawra Newspaper mentioned that security forces directed a powerful blow to terrorism elements and foiled two suicide attacks that targeted the American Embassy in Sana'a.

The paper further noted that courageous resistance of security men had thwarted that terrorist operation, especially when security forces managed to force terrorists to blow up themselves outside the embassy's compound. Thus, the embassy was not damaged at all.

This operation is considered the most dangerous in matters relating to the timing, preparation and masterminding, especially after a series of less dangerous attacks that targeted oil refineries in Hadramout and Aden as well as oilfields in Mareb's Safer.

Though the terrorist followed the same style as for resorting to suicide attacks through detonated and explosive belts, the American Embassy operation is counted by observers to be the most strongest and violent. The operation was implemented by six attackers and two cars.

The operation has been widely rejected and this rejection was not limited to the common Yemeni citizens, but also political parties, civil society organizations, and the international community.

However, security apparatuses consider the operation to be an expression of despair and frustration on the part of the terrorists, and an indication of their failure in continuing their destructive project that seeks to let Yemen into chaos and unrest.  

In its editorial, Al-Thawra noted that terrorism has been more active since the end of Sa'ada war on July 15, for the country has seen three terrorist operations in Hadramout and Sana'a.

Meanwhile, some media outlets and analysts expressed fear over the possible renewal of Sa'ada war, especially when the province is tense and every party, whether government or Houthis, continue to exchange accusations on failing to abide by the ceasefire agreement.

They stated that halting Sa'ada war was only made in introduction for the forthcoming parliamentary elections due to be conducted in April 2009. Halting war was also made for hunting down Al-Qaeda whose attacks have been on the rise.

Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen demanded authorities to stop their cooperation with America in what it calls 'war on terror', release their fellow detainees in the security prisons who mount to 180, dropping their trials, and halt hunting down those who tunneled out the Political Security Prison in 2006.

Some observers point out that the operation is paid in taxes for the Yemeni government's allying with America in its war against what it calls 'war on terror' that has dominated the political scene since September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center.

This tax lies in the constant blows directed by Al-Qaeda to Yemen's economy and through targeting vital economic installations and attacking tourists and oil facilities as well as fomenting unrest and chaos inside the country.

Several economists stress that the constant attacks of Al-Qaeda have inflicted immense losses on the country's economy. These attacks have also exhausted the authorities, and affected the current and joint cooperation between Yemen and the United States.

Some media outlets have not ruled out activating the terrorist elements especially those of Abyan and brining Al-Qaeda file into the surface under internal conflict among power centers especially when some of these centers retain distinct relations with Al-Qaeda elements.