aqap

So Yemen’s spineless “President” flees from Aden just as the Houthis are about to enter it.

I feel bad for the South, we have a “President” who already abandoned us once in ‘94 to defect to the North and is abandoning us again. We have Houthis, who are allied with Ali Abdullah Saleh the war criminal, on our doorstep. And we have Al Qaeda who are funded by the Saudis to fight the “Iran-backed” Houthis but who end up killing civilians. Oh and we also have US drones flying above us. Can it get any worse?

Behind the scenes of my glamorous life.

Set-up for a morning of working from bed - the closest spot to Wifi router - and four hours of Skype interviews. This is what worldwide Yemen hysteria brings to my small corner of Sana'a.

Note: I don’t normally sleep with a map of Yemen over my head. That’s just for TV. Had to get the Blu-Tack out at 5am

washingtonpost.com
Wash Post: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh Speaks

The declarations of a man barely clinging to power:

Q: I want to ask you about Yemeni-U.S. relations, which is important: On the day you returned to Yemen. . .

SALEH: This is the last question.

Q: On the day you returned to Yemen. . .

SALEH: The Yemeni-American relationship is good. In fact, it has not been affected during the past 33 years. And we have relationships with many political powers in Washington, both in the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. There have been some differences during the last Gulf war because of the Yemeni stance, but then the Americans realized that we were right and that we were not just defending the Iraqi regime.

Q: But the Americans. . .

SALEH: And these were accusations by analysts, diplomats and so on that turned out not to be true.

Q: But the U.S. has asked you to step down.

SALEH: I am addressing the American public. I want to ask a question: Are you still keeping your commitment to continue operations against the Taliban and al-Qaeda?

If Washington is still with the international community in fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda, who have disturbed the world peace, that will be good. But what we see is that we are pressed by America and the international community to speed up the process of handing over power. And we know where power is going to go. It is going to al-Qaeda, which is directly and completely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

El gobierno iraní declaró a través de su Presidente Ahmadinejad que no creía que al-Qaeda estuviera detrás del 9/11, sino el gobierno de EEUU. Podríamos preguntarnos: ¿por qué Irán creería una idea tan ridícula que no resiste toda la lógica y evidencia?
—  Escribe Al-Qaeda en la Península Arábiga en el número 7 de su revista Inspire.
theguardian.com
Before Being Killed By the CIA, A 13-Year-Old Yemeni Described Living in Constant Fear of Drones

A 13-year-old boy killed in Yemen last month by a CIA drone strike had told the Guardian just months earlier that he lived in constant fear of the “death machines” in the sky that had already killed his father and brother. …

Several anonymous US government officials told Reuters that the strike had been carried out by the CIA and had killed “three men believed to be al-Qaida militants”. …

Maqdad said the family had been wrongly associated with al-Qaida, and family members strongly deny that Mohammed was involved in any al-Qaida or anti-Houthi fighting.

bbc.com
The Rise of the Houthis (BBC Video)

A rebel group from the North of Yemen has taken over the capital and drastically changed Yemen’s political landscape. Engaged in a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have brought Yemen to the brink of collapse.

But who are Yemen’s Houthis? What do they want? How have they come to take control of huge parts of the country? Safa Al-Ahmad from BBC Arabic has spent 3 months following the Houthis and also gets extraordinary access to their arch-enemies, the Sunni tribal leaders and other fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda.

As sophisticated as this new underwear bomber may be...

and without condoning violence from anyone, I’ll just say this:

No matter how sophisticated, an underwear bomb is not as sophisticated as a drone strike, nor is it as effective a means of terrorizing (and radicalizing) a populace.

Retaliation for retaliation for retaliation for retaliation ad infinitum…if we want to ‘end terrorism’ a good first step is to stop employing it ourselves.