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What does Al-Qaeda Want in Yemen?
  Written By:  Hakim Almasmari ( Editor-in-Chief)*
  Article Date:
February 02
, 2009 



Even though 2009 is only one month old, this year already seems to show that Al-Qaeda will have a strong presence in the country, especially after the new alliance with Al-Qaeda members in Saudi Arabia.

The first six months of 2009 will see strong attacks on foreign interests along with governmental compounds according to experts in fighting terrorism.

Now, since the media is making a big fuss about Al-Qaeda, let me ask one question. What in the world does Al-Qaeda want from Yemen? The country is one of the most conservative and religious in the world, so it cannot be religious purposes. The country does not have American forces like in Iraq and Afghanistan. It deals with imprisoned Al-Qaeda members with the most mercy. It has freed hundreds of members who now enjoy living peacefully.

My answer to all these thoughts is simple. Al-Qaeda sees in Yemen a country where it can run its international organization. Security is weak, access is easy to the gulf where good funds are available, near the ocean where it can have more access to Pakistan and Afghanistan rather than traveling on plane, access to a large number of Somali trained Jihadis, and more importantly in a country where people are loyal, poor and have nothing to lose if they fight for Al-Qaeda.

Poor old government doesn’t know where to begin saving the country. Should it start with dealing with the fierce growing opposition that has showed willingness to damage the country’s unity for the sake of the party if it has to, or find better techniques in fighting Al-Qaeda. Look at the bright side government, the proved powerful Houthis are in peace talks and will not give you more problems, at least for now.

* Editor-in-Cheif could be reached at:  editor@yemenpost.net