Yemen: So Many Ways To Die

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June 21, 2010: Al Qaeda is calling for the tribes of eastern Yemen to rebel against the government. The tribes are not quite prepared to do that. The government has more money, and firepower. Plus, the U.S. and their UAVs and smart bombs are involved. Death can thus come at anytime, without any warning, to those at war with the government. Al Qaeda is using those smart bomb attacks as a reason to rebel, but this approach is not working. The smart bombs inspire more fear than al Qaeda assassins. The government has pointed out that al Qaeda has assassinated 37 officials in the past three years, and caused the deaths of many more Yemenis (especially uncooperative tribal leaders).

June 20, 2010: In the south, two policemen on patrol were shot and killed. Tribal separatists, or al Qaeda, were believed to blame. Meanwhile, police say they have arrested the mastermind (and three of his associates) of yesterday's attack on a jail in Aden.

June 19, 2010:  In the port city of Aden, at least four al Qaeda gunmen blasted their way into a security forces building, and freed six prisoners. Seven guards and four civilians died during the attack (which used RPGs, grenades and assault rifles). This was the same facility where al Qaeda freed ten prisoners in 2003. The security forces admitted that they were taken by surprise and that the building security could have been better.

June 16, 2010: In the north, a Shia rebel killed a soldier. The killer was later captured.

June 15, 2010: In the south, police and tribesmen exchanged gunfire at the funeral of four people killed by a government bombing attack.

June 14, 2010:  The government said it had raided an al Qaeda hideout in the east, and foiled a terrorist plot to disrupt oil production. Troops are attacking, or searching for, several al Qaeda hideouts in the east.

June 13, 2010: Police are certain that is was al Qaeda, including two Saudis, who blew a hole in an oil pipeline in eastern Yemen yesterday. This was done in cooperation with local tribesmen who had a dispute with the government.

In the south, two soldiers were killed while trying to remove a landmine. The mine had been planted someone, near a military camp.

Tribal leaders in the east have agreed to stop supporting al Qaeda. But the tribal leaders do not control everyone in their tribes. Many people in the south still support al Qaeda.

 

 

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