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almasmari ( YEMEN POST STAFF
Article Date: February 09, 2009
In a report released recently, the US State Department expressed concern over the growing and constant terrorist actions and violence targeting American people and interests throughout the world, including Yemen.
Experts state that the rising threats of Al-Qaeda in Yemen is prompted by the fact that Al-Qaeda wings in Saudi Arabia and Yemen have united under one leadership and this could lead to coordinated attacks against U.S. interests in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen, particularly Saudi oil supplies.
The Department's Acting Spokesman Robert Wood noted, in his daily press briefing, that some Al-Qaeda operatives have entered Yemen coming from Saudi Arabia, hinting this renews the kind of threat that could be targeting US interests in Yemen.
Wood further pointed out that his country is obviously concerned by Al-Qaeda activities in several countries around the globe, not just in Yemen, adding they have no alternative but to meet the challenge.
He went on to say that this challenge can be met through the cooperation of allies.
“We need to work closely with our partners and others around the world to try to do what we can to eliminate the threat," said Wood.
The reports also mentioned that US officials are alarmed by the fact that Al-Qaeda is placing importance on Yemen as a safe heaven from which it can carry out its operations and train its members.
Several analysts see that the Yemeni government has lost its grip over Al-Qaeda members in Yemen, especially after the recent division among and the new and old generations of Al-Qaeda. The recent grouping of Al-Qaeda under Abu Nasser Al-Wahishi could pose another risk for the government.
Aiming to face the recent regrouping of Al-Qaeda, Yemeni security authorities have deployed 1,000 troops to guard the land and sea borders between Saudi Arabia and Yemen to prevent the infiltration of Al-Qaeda members, especially when the former is launching wider hunting campaigns against them.
"Additional guards have been deployed to prevent the infiltration of wanted elements from and into Yemen," noted a security source who added that over 30 people have so far been arrested.
Fatwa joins war on terror
Meanwhile, the Fatwa has recently become part of the war on terror as the Saudi Arabia's Grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh condemned all acts of terrorism and further stressed that informing about criminals and terrorists is a national and religious duty, hinting providing a cover for terrorists is religiously forbidden.
Al Al-Sheikh also mentioned that there is nothing riskier on Islam than Muslims who, under the molestation of the demons of Jinn and mankind, turned to be arms directed against Islam and its people.
In a recent visit to Mareb province, President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on the tribal Sheikhs of Mareb, Al-Jawf and Shabwa provinces to help the government in its war on terror.
Saleh also demanded them to hand over Al-Qaeda militants who are provided protection by tribal Sheikhs. He assured as well that the constant violence and chaos in these provinces will undermine the development efforts.
For his part, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi belittled the importance of the recent merge between Al-Qaeda wings in Saudi Arabia and Yemen and forming what is known to be Al-Qaeda Organization in Arab Peninsula.
Al-Qirbi told the Saudi Al-Madinah newspaper that both Yemen and Saudi Arabia know very well who are Al-Qaeda elements and their whereabouts, noting they are under constant security watch.He added that Al-Qaeda elements provide nothing but destruction, violence and harm to countries, Islam and Muslims. He also revealed that Yemen is working right now on establishing a rehabilitation center for the Yemeni detainees in Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp who are due to be sent back home soon.