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Guantanamo Bay detainees..fighting in Yemen!
by Andy Parker   
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Last edited: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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The issue that is causing most concern among the West’s leading intelligence agencies is the growing strength of al-Qaeda in Yemen, and its ability to conduct terror attacks both against Western targets in Yemen and against the West itself.
The emergence of Yemen as a major al-Qaeda terror hub in recent years is in part due to the success of Nato’s mission in Afghanistan, which has seriously disrupted the activities of Islamist militants, and also Pakistan’s contribution, which has recently launched a military offensive to clear the Taliban and al-Qaeda from its North West frontier.

Somewhat alarming, element in al-Qeda’s revival in Yemen has been the arrival of several former GuantanamoBay detainees who were released to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they had renounced the struggle, but then immediately made their way to Yemen to rejoin the jihad against the West.
 
The suicide bomb attack on the British Ambassador’s convoy in the middle of the Yemeni capital underscores how far the Yemeni Government and its Western backers have to go in combatting terrorism in the country.

While the Government tried to argue that the failed assassination attempt on Tim Torlot was a mark of al-Qaeda’s frustration at repeated attacks on its mountain hideouts, it also demonstrated that the militants are capital of striking in the capital, despite increased training of Yemeni troops by US forces.

Despite its constant pledges to tackle al-Qaeda, the Government has been distracted by what it sees as more pressing concerns. An uneasy truce with Shia rebels in the north, aimed at ending the six-year-old conflict that displaced more than a quarter of a million people, has been plagued by accusations from both sides that the other is not honouring the agreement. In the south discontent is still simmering, with the once-independent region resentful that the Government benefits from its oil and other natural resources while investing so little in its infrastructure.

Yemen sits on the crossroads between the world’s important oil routes and the Shia rebellion in the north, which dragged in Saudi troops last year, has sparked a tensions between Sunni Riyadh and Shia Tehran, the two leading global leaders in oil production.

But Yemen also sits at a key nexus for al-Qaeda, many of whose most hardcore fighters have been recruited in the rugged, dirt-poor country that is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden. Just south of Saudi Arabia, with Islam's holiest sites, and just north of the lawless Horn of Africa, into which al-Qaeda has begun to move in recent years, Yemen could become a safe haven for the terrorists, many of whom hail from its fiercely independent tribes.

Yemen’s unrest is further stoked by its dwindling oil supplies and booming young population growing up in deep poverty, as well as the fear that it could be the first country in the world to run out of fresh water.

The West is also hindered in its military involvement in the country after senior clerics threatened to declare a jihad, or holy war, if foreign troops were deployed there. A similar deployment in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War in 1991 helped boost to al-Qaeda’s recruitment and funding.

The only good thing that can be said about this most unwelcome development is that hopefully it will persuade the Obama administration not to do anything hasty when it comes to fulfilling the president’s promise to close the Guantanamo facility.


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Reviewed by John Martin 4/28/2010
That’s how we won World War II. We gave all of the Imperial Japanese and Nazi POW’s lawyers and U.S. citizen rights. Then they all went back to German and Japan and took art classes and sensitivity training. After that, they stopped killing our soldiers and became our friends.



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