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Al-Qaeda makes ‘alarming’ advances in Yemen, U.N. envoy warns

Yemen, January 2010, 13

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UNITED NATIONS — A reinvigorated al-Qaeda has made “alarming” advances in Yemen, expanding its military control over several southern towns and launching a series of brazen attacks that threaten the U.S.-backed political transition there, a senior U.N. envoy warned the Security Council in a confidential briefing earlier this week.

“The scale of these attacks serves as a stark reminder of the security threat posed by al-Qaeda,” Jamal Benomar, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, told the 15-nation council Wednesday, according to a copy of the briefing notes obtained by The Washington Post. “Despite all counterterrorism efforts, al-Qaeda in Yemen has not retreated.”

Members of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, as the group’s Yemen branch is known, have been “intensifying their attacks” against government targets since the election last month of Yemen’s new President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Benomar told the council. Hadi, the former vice president, replaced Ali Abdullah Saleh after 33 years in power in a transition brokered by Arab leaders and supported by the United States.

On inauguration day, Feb. 25, al-Qaeda struck a presidential palace in the provincial capital of Mukalla, killing 26 officers. More recently, Benomar said, al-Qaeda has launched a series of attacks on military bases in the south, killing more than 180 soldiers and capturing heavy weapons. Dozens of soldiers, he added, were reportedly paraded through the town square of Jaar, which has been held by al-Qaeda for several months.

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Air strikes in Yemen kill 45 suspected Qaeda militants

Armed Predator drone firing Hellfire missile

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf

U.S. drone attacks killed at least 25 al Qaeda-linked fighters including one of their leaders while a Yemeni air force raid killed 20 more in the south, sources said on Saturday, in the biggest airstrikes since Yemen’s new president took office.

Militants have expanded their operations in southern Yemen during months of turmoil which paralysed the country and eventually unseated former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was replaced in a February vote by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Local residents in Jaar, a southern town seized by militants in March last year, said Yemen’s air force had killed 20 al Qaeda-linked fighters at a military base, also destroying weapons and military equipment.

Last week, the fighters had seized the base from the government and confiscated weaponry and military equipment.

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Syrian Girl Exposes Al CIA da on Alex Jones

Alex talks with a young woman going by the moniker of “Syrian Girl” who recently posted a video breaking down the role of the U.S. and Israel in provoking unrest in Syria. She also eloquently dismantles the myth of al-Qaeda, the CIA created terror group.

138 dead in al-Qaida attack on Yemen army

By AHMED AL-HAJ. The Associated Press

SAN’A, Yemen — Sneaking across the desert behind army lines, al-Qaida militants launched a surprise attack against military bases in south Yemen, killing 106 soldiers and capturing heavy weapons they used to kill more troops, officials said yesterday.

The military officials said at least 32 of the militants were killed in Sunday’s fighting in Abyan province, and scores were wounded on both sides. Medical officials in the area confirmed the death toll figures. They said the poor services in local hospitals accounted for the death of many soldiers who suffered serious wounds but could have survived with better medical care.

The death toll among the troops is believed to be the highest on record in battles fought by the army against al-Qaida militants, who have been emboldened by the political turmoil roiling the impoverished Arab nation for more than a year.

The scale of the attack also points to the combat-readiness of the militants as they launch more attacks in a region that the United States considers a key battleground in the war on al-Qaida.

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25 Iraqi police killed in insurgent rampage

Assailants waving the battle flag of al-Qaida gunned down 25 policemen Monday in a brazen and well-orchestrated challenge to government control over a strategic town fraught with Iraq war symbolism.

The attack replicated tactics used by Sunni insurgents during the war and appeared aimed at reasserting al-Qaida’s grip now that the Iraqis can no longer rely on American help.

The attackers drove through the town of Haditha claiming to be government officials and methodically executed guards and commanders. After half an hour they escaped into the desert, leaving a terrified populace demanding protection. Local authorities imposed a curfew and deployed troops.

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Al-Qaida seizes base in Yemen

Al-Qaida militants overran an army base in southern Yemen on Sunday, capturing heavy weapons and turning them on soldiers in intense clashes that left 61 dead, a military official said.

The battle near the town of Zinjibar in the southern province of Abyan killed 36 government troops and 25 of the militants, the military official said. A medical official confirmed the death toll. Scores were wounded on both sides, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Militants seized control of Zinjibar in May, taking advantage of political turmoil linked to the uprising against then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2962799.ece

FBI: Iraqi In Kentucky Terror Case Bragged About Past

Federal Bureau of Investigation Seal

Federal Bureau of Investigation Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An Iraqi man who settled in Kentucky as a refugee boasted about having been an insurgent in Baghdad as he plotted with a confidential informant to ship weapons and money to Al-Qaida in his home country, the FBI said in a search warrant application obtained Monday.

FBI Special Agent Chris Faber quoted 24-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi as saying he didn’t know how many explosives he had placed in Iraq because “By God I didn’t count them.”

“I mean, I used to do two or three operations a day in Baghdad and I used to do every day in my neighborhood,” Hammadi said.

Hammadi faces 12 charges, including perjury and attempting to send material support to a known terrorist organization. His trial is scheduled for July 30. Alwan pleaded guilty to 23terrorism-related charges in December and is to be sentenced April 3.

The warrant also detailed how Hammadi and Alwan acquired what they thought were working weapons, including rocket propelled grenade launchers, C4 explosives and Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, and allegedly plotted to ship those and financial aid to Al-Qaida in Iraq. The FBI said all the weapons were rendered inoperable.

 

Faber said Hammadi and Alwan were recorded at an FBI-rented storage facility in February preparing two rocket propelled grenade launchers, two machine guns, two sniper rifles and two cases of C4 plastic explosives for shipment to Iraq.

Over the next three months, Hammadi and Alwan delivered more inert weapons, including hand grenades and explosives, from an FBI-run storage facility to the tractor-trailer, Faber wrote. The FBI arrested the pair as they delivered three machine guns, three rocket-propelled grenade launchers and two cases of C4 plastic explosives to the tractor-trailer on May 25, Faber wrote.

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Al Qaeda kills at least 26 people in Yemen car bombing hours after new president is sworn in pledging to continue ‘war’ against the terror group

English: Yemen wants Ali Abdullah Saleh OUT

By Damien Gayle

An al Qaeda car bomb killed at least 26 people in a southern Yemeni city hours after the country’s new president vowed to fight the terror network in his inauguration speech.

The blast at a presidential palace in Mukalla, in Hadramout province, came as Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was sworn in as president to replace longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

‘Al Qaeda is responsible for the suicide bombing in Mukalla in retaliation for the Republican Guard’s crimes,’ an al Qaeda source told Reuters.A security official said it was a suicide blast, and that it bore the hallmarks of an operation by the militant group.

He did not provide a death toll, but a health official said at least 25 people were killed in the attack. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.

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US sends drones over Syria as fighting spreads

By Alex Lantier
20 February 2012

US military officials confirmed Saturday that US drones are flying over Syria, as fighting spreads inside the country and US officials discuss military or “humanitarian” intervention to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

The drone flights, which flagrantly violate Syrian air space, include a “good number” of both military and US intelligence drones, according to US defense officials. These officials said the drones’ mission is to obtain “intercepts of Syrian government and military communications in an effort to ‘make the case for a widespread international response.’”

The Israeli daily Ha’aretz also reported Saturday that Syrian forces had captured 40 Turkish intelligence operatives working with the “opposition” inside Syria. It said the Turkish operatives confessed to working with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to train the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), and claimed that Mossad operatives were working with Al Qaeda operatives in Jordan planning operations in Syria.

This echoes testimony Thursday before the US Senate Armed Services Committee by US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He said that recent bombings in Damascus and Aleppo “had all the earmarks of an al Qaeda-like attack. So we believe that al Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria.”

As in last year’s war in Libya, Washington is seizing on violence between the Assad regime and US-backed opposition forces—which are organizing protests and killings inside Syria—to justify military intervention.

Significantly, the US relied extensively on former Al Qaeda fighters of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) to topple Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and it appears a similar relationship is being established in Syria.

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Al-Qaeda leader killed in central Yemen, militants seek revenge

by Abdul-Aziz Oudah & Shuaib M. al-Mosawa

A leader of Al-Qaeda, which recently took over a central Yemeni town, was killed last Thursday by his brother, triggering a fierce battle between the group’s militants and other tribal opponents.

Hizam Al-Dhahab, brother of the militant leader, Tariq Al-Dhahab, warned his brother to evacuate the town of Radaa’, which was seized by hundreds of militants.

They took control of key government offices and were able to free some of the group’s prisoners.

Tribal sources in the town of Radda’ told the Yemen Observer that Hizam Al-Dhahab stormed the mosque, in which the group leader and his armed men were taking shelter, killing his brother and four of his men.

Loyalists of the Al-Qaeda leader then managed to kill Hizam Al-Dhahab who escaped to a nearby house which was bombed by the militants.

Tariq Al-Dhahab, the brother-in-law of Anwar Al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S. drone in October 2011, seized Radaa’ last January and demanded some of the militant prisoners to be freed before he will leave the area.

read more at   www.yobserver.com

Al-Qaeda leader killed in central Yemen, militants seek revenge

by Abdul-Aziz Oudah & Shuaib M. al-Mosawa

A leader of Al-Qaeda, which recently took over a central Yemeni town, was killed last Thursday by his brother, triggering a fierce battle between the group’s militants and other tribal opponents.

Hizam Al-Dhahab, brother of the militant leader, Tariq Al-Dhahab, warned his brother to evacuate the town of Radaa’, which was seized by hundreds of militants.

They took control of key government offices and were able to free some of the group’s prisoners.

Tribal sources in the town of Radda’ told the Yemen Observer that Hizam Al-Dhahab stormed the mosque, in which the group leader and his armed men were taking shelter, killing his brother and four of his men.

Loyalists of the Al-Qaeda leader then managed to kill Hizam Al-Dhahab who escaped to a nearby house which was bombed by the militants.

Tariq Al-Dhahab, the brother-in-law of Anwar Al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S. drone in October 2011, seized Radaa’ last January and demanded some of the militant prisoners to be freed before he will leave the area.

read more at   www.yobserver.com

Syrian Girl – Why Al Qaeda is Al CIAda

The article she refers to at 4:57 is “Fake Al Qaeda.”