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banyon
09-17-2008, 09:10 PM
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US officials: Yemen poses growing terror threat
By PAMELA HESS and MATTHEW LEE – 3 hours ago

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jMaQWB9qXAMBGAvKwxtIjcDSvPwAD938PCGO0

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sophisticated bombing plot carried out against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen brings increased urgency to fears that Muslim extremists are gathering strength in that nation and could make it a headquarters for terrorism.

The attack at the perimeter of the compound, which killed 16 people, including six assailants, follows a March mortar attack on the embassy and two attacks against Yemen's presidential compound in late April.

"There's an ongoing issue with al-Qaida and ... violent extremists and terrorism in Yemen," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at a news conference Wednesday.

Ted Gistaro, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats, said in a speech recently that "Yemen is rapidly re-emerging as a jihadist battleground and potential base of operations."

The extent of Yemen's problem with extremists and the shortcomings of its counterterrorism efforts are underscored by the fact that Yemenis make up the largest population of detainees — at least 108 of 270 — held at Guantanamo Bay.

The Bush administration has sought to return dozens of these prisoners to Yemen but has been unable to get assurances from the Yemeni government that they will be held or rehabilitated.

Yemen poses a frustrating problem for U.S. counterterror efforts. It considers itself a strong partner with the United States in the fight against terrorism, and U.S. officials say Yemeni intelligence services have been helpful since the Cole attack. But the poor country on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula has a weak central government and a powerful tribal system. That leaves large lawless areas open for terrorist training and operations.

"Al-Qaida senior leaders have called for increased pressure in Yemen, and their northern territory is not under central government control," a senior U.S. military official told The Associated Press Wednesday, on condition his name not be used to discuss sensitive foreign policy issues.

Yemen has a history of being unable to hang onto terrorist suspects. U.S. officials grumble about what they call lax detention policies. Seventeen suspects in the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors were arrested; ten of them escaped in 2003. One of the primary suspects in the attack, Jamal al-Badawi, escaped jail in 2004. He was taken back into custody last fall under pressure from the U.S. government.

The fallout from that incident reinforced Washington's concerns about Yemen's commitment to fighting terrorism and led Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to cancel a planned visit to Yemen last year for an international conference.

"Have they done a lot in the past? Yes. Could they do more? Yes, absolutely. We want to work with them to build up their capabilities at this point," said McCormack.

Rice spoke to Yemen's president Wednesday morning to express regret at the loss of Yemeni lives in the attack and to reinforce the importance of counterterrorism cooperation, McCormack said.

"We want to underscore it is critically important to work with them on matters of terrorism," he said.

Al-Qaida's history is intertwined with Yemen. Osama bin Laden's family came from Yemen. It was home to several al-Qaida training camps in the late 1990s. The USS Cole bombing was one of al-Qaida's most devastating attacks on a U.S. target before the Sept. 11 attacks.

In June 2001, Yemeni authorities arrested eight Yemenis believed to be plotting to blow up the U.S. Embassy in San'a. In 2002, an accidental explosion killed two al-Qaida operatives. Later that year, three American missionaries were killed in a southern Yemeni town but it is unclear if the alleged killer, a local Islamist militant, had any links to al-Qaida, according to information compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations.

The latest attack so far has not been attributed to al-Qaida, but officials say it follows the terrorist organization's playbook. The attack involved multiple vehicle-borne devises and armed personnel on foot, seemingly in an attempt to try to breach the embassy's perimeter, enter the compound and inflict further damage and loss of life.

The bombings were carefully orchestrated, with sniper fire and some attackers apparently dressed as soldiers, said a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal Bush administration briefings. No Americans were killed.

As many as five explosions struck the embassy, and Yemeni authorities who first responded were ambushed by snipers, said the official. He said it appeared some of the attackers were dressed as Yemeni troops and that the first Yemeni emergency personnel to arrive on the scene were hit by heavy sniper fire from gunmen who had stationed themselves across the street from the embassy.

Yemeni security officials said a little-known group called Islamic Jihad, unrelated to the Palestinian group of the same name, claimed responsibility for the attack. But Yemeni authorities have blamed the group in past attacks that have later been claimed by al-Qaida in postings on the Internet.

"It is fair to say this attack in San'a bears all the hallmarks of an al-Qaida attack," said McCormack.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-17-2008, 09:13 PM
We got 'em on the run. We're fightin AL Kayda in eyerack so we don't haveta over in 'Merka.

banyon
09-17-2008, 09:34 PM
Um, Al-Qaeda bombed American territory and no one gives a f***?

KILLER_CLOWN
09-17-2008, 09:37 PM
Um, Al-Qaeda bombed American territory and no one gives a f***?

AL CIA DA? whoda thunk it?

banyon
09-17-2008, 09:38 PM
AL CIA DA? whoda thunk it?

:spock:

bango
09-17-2008, 09:41 PM
I am telling you if we just invade Iran and Turkey this will all be over with. They will know not to mess with us anymore.

HonestChieffan
09-17-2008, 09:44 PM
Was Bush behind this?

KILLER_CLOWN
09-17-2008, 09:47 PM
Was Bush behind this?

I don't know maybe you should call and ask him.

BucEyedPea
09-17-2008, 09:51 PM
More Ron Paul, Robert Pape and Scheuer predictions come true.

bango
09-17-2008, 09:58 PM
More Ron Paul, Robert Pape and Scheuer predictions come true.

Are they the Three Wisemen or just prophetic?

BucEyedPea
09-17-2008, 10:06 PM
What is your problem tonight?

Guru
09-17-2008, 10:07 PM
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2:20 in.

That is what I think of when I hear Yemen. Oh, and Jimmy Walker's stand up about people vacationing in Yemen.

Hydrae
09-18-2008, 11:40 AM
I know I am not the most informed person in the world. I also know that right now the election and the markets are holding the headlines. But this attack seems to not be getting any play.

Calcountry
09-18-2008, 01:46 PM
Um, Al-Qaeda bombed American territory and no one gives a f***?
Why should Bush, so that you can all trash the shit out of him for being a war monger?

Besides, that country is "tiny", we should be able to sit down with them, drink some tea, and have talks.

Calcountry
09-18-2008, 01:47 PM
I am telling you if we just invade Iran and Turkey this will all be over with. They will know not to mess with us anymore.Turkey? go back to bed and play with your binky baby.

Calcountry
09-18-2008, 01:50 PM
More Ron Paul, Robert Pape and Scheuer predictions come true.If he would have had a more agressive foreign policy, I could have backed him. That, plus he was innefective and explaining econ in laymens terms, something that is essential to WINNING an election.

The dude lost, now, if he can jump on board the good ship America, and help this country, then I am all for him. Sitting back, and pissing and moaning about what could have been won't get you anywhere in life.

clemensol
09-18-2008, 01:57 PM
Why should Bush, so that you can all trash the shit out of him for being a war monger?

Besides, that country is "tiny", we should be able to sit down with them, drink some tea, and have talks.

ROFL at your general lack of knowledge and distortion of positions other than your own.

patteeu
09-18-2008, 02:17 PM
More Ron Paul, Robert Pape and Scheuer predictions come true.

What did they predict?

bango
09-18-2008, 04:24 PM
Turkey? go back to bed and play with your binky baby.

I guess that I will have to try harder at understanding NeoCons. Out of curiousity who the heck are you and next time try to lighten up.

bango
09-18-2008, 04:27 PM
What is your problem tonight?

Nothing really. Maybe I was not in the best of moods. It does seem like you always mention people that have all of the answers.

banyon
09-18-2008, 04:28 PM
Why should Bush, so that you can all trash the shit out of him for being a war monger?

Besides, that country is "tiny", we should be able to sit down with them, drink some tea, and have talks.

Aren't you one of the clowns that whines to this day about how Clinton didn't respond to the prior bombing in Tanzania and Kenya by Al-Qaeda.

But Bush is just expected to sit in the corner and suck on a Bottle of Jack, right?

WilliamTheIrish
09-18-2008, 05:40 PM
I sure hope the administration brings these criminals to justice. I mean, in 15 years when another attack like this occurs, and nobody brought these thugs to justice, I can still blame this administration. Right?

Calcountry
09-18-2008, 05:55 PM
Aren't you one of the clowns that whines to this day about how Clinton didn't respond to the prior bombing in Tanzania and Kenya by Al-Qaeda.

But Bush is just expected to sit in the corner and suck on a Bottle of Jack, right?
Fine, what would you support him to do?

You know I want all them m'fuggers dead, so it is a moot point. It is up to you deep thinkers on what to do. He must consult with the Congress first.

Calcountry
09-18-2008, 06:02 PM
I sure hope the administration brings these criminals to justice. I mean, in 15 years when another attack like this occurs, and nobody brought these thugs to justice, I can still blame this administration. Right?I say, torch the fuggin place, ask questions later, but, the UN won't let us now. There is no causus beli, Yemen didn't attack us now.

They don't have WMD.

WilliamTheIrish
09-18-2008, 06:06 PM
I say, torch the fuggin place, ask questions later, but, the UN won't let us now. There is no causus beli, Yemen didn't attack us now.

They don't have WMD.

That's not a good enough reason. I want them brought to justice and if they are not, and another attack occurs on US interests, it means this administration did nothing to stop them. And then, I can blame this administration for all those other attacks.

Right?

banyon
09-18-2008, 06:16 PM
Fine, what would you support him to do?

You know I want all them m'fuggers dead, so it is a moot point. It is up to you deep thinkers on what to do. He must consult with the Congress first.

Find out where they are, retaliate against them, try not to attack an irrelevant country in the process. It's really pretty simple.

Calcountry
09-18-2008, 06:17 PM
That's not a good enough reason. I want them brought to justice and if they are not, and another attack occurs on US interests, it means this administration did nothing to stop them. And then, I can blame this administration for all those other attacks.

Right?
Why must you give so much of a shit about that man whore Clinton and his sex legacy?

BucEyedPea
09-18-2008, 06:20 PM
Nothing really. Maybe I was not in the best of moods. It does seem like you always mention people that have all of the answers.

No, I was just saying what they said regarding this type of thing several years ago has come to pass. That's a good track record if ya' ask me. I'll stick to those who get these kinds of results. :D

WilliamTheIrish
09-18-2008, 06:24 PM
Why must you give so much of a shit about that man whore Clinton and his sex legacy?

Bunny, I don't care about Clinton or his legacy. But you do see what I'm getting at, right?

Mr. Laz
09-18-2008, 06:24 PM
wasn't Bushies war in Iraq suppose to prevent all of this?

BucEyedPea
09-18-2008, 06:25 PM
What did they predict?

More US military on and in Muslim lands, occupation————>cause of terror————>more terror.
Robert Pape: Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Oh yeah! He's a conservative not a liberal or lefty.

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bango
09-18-2008, 06:53 PM
wasn't Bushies war in Iraq suppose to prevent all of this?

It was supposed to prevent things like this from happening in the U. S. That was a reason used after no WMDs were found.

patteeu
09-18-2008, 07:55 PM
More US military on and in Muslim lands, occupation————>cause of terror————>more terror.
Robert Pape: Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Oh yeah! He's a conservative not a liberal or lefty.

So their prediction boils down to "more terror". I think it's worth pointing out that EVERYONE predicted that.