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Yemen Kills 2 Behind Embassy Threats

Or maybe they didn’t. It depends upon which wire service you read.

Should we believe the Associated Press:

Yemeni security forces outside the French embassy in San’a, Yemen.

Yemen: 2 al-Qaida militants killed in clash

By Lee Keath And Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press Writers

January 4, 2010

SAN’A, Yemen – Security forces killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in clashes outside the Yemeni capital on Monday, officials said, as the French and Czech embassies closed their doors to the public, joining their U.S. and British counterparts, in response to threats of attack by the terror group’s offshoot here.

The clashes took place in a region northeast of the capital where last month the government carried out intensified raids against an al-Qaida cell it said was plotting attacks against foreign interests, possibly including embassies. In that Dec. 17 raid, officials said four would-be suicide bombers were killed…

An officer on duty at the U.S. Embassy in San’a said Monday that the closure remained in force. A State Department spokesman, Fred Lash, said reopening would be assessed day to day, based on the perceived threat to U.S. personnel. The Foreign Office in London said the British were also reviewing the situation.

More Western embassies took steps of their own in the face of the threats, though they stopped short of completely shutting down. The French and Czech embassies were closed to the public, their governments said, warning citizens to avoid travel to the country. Spain’s embassy in San’a restricted access to the public, and the German Foreign Ministry said that at its embassy "the number of visitors was restricted due to increased security measures."

In Monday’s clashes, security forces attacked a group of al-Qaida militants including Nazeeh al-Hanaq, a senior figure on Yemen’s most wanted list, as they moved through the mountainous area of Arhab on Monday, security officials said.

Al-Hanaq escaped, but two fighters with him were killed in the battle, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

The officials said Monday’s raid was not connected to the threats that prompted the embassy closures…

Or Reuters:

Yemen kills militants it says threatened embassies

By Mohamed Sudam

January 4, 2010

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni forces on Monday killed at least two al Qaeda militants they said were behind a threat that forced the U.S. and European embassies to close, as concern grew about the poor Arab country’s stability

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said fighting in Yemen was a threat to regional and global stability.

"We see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region," she said.

The West and Saudi Arabia fear al Qaeda will take advantage of Yemen’s instability to spread its operations to the neighboring kingdom, the world’s biggest oil exporter, and beyond. Yemen itself produces a small amount of oil.

A Yemeni security official told Reuters militants targeted in Monday’s raid were behind the threats to the U.S. embassy.

"Security authorities had been monitoring them for several days and struck today," he said.

Agents were hunting Mohammed al-Haniq, a local al-Qaeda leader, but he was able to get away, state media reported…

Economic weakness is adding to Yemen’s security problems.

"Terrorist networks stand to benefit if the state gets weaker but it’s not terrorism that will undermine the government, it’s the economic crisis forced by declining oil revenues," said Ginny Hill, of London’s Chatham House think tank.

"Yemen’s patronage system has held the country together for several decades but oil production in Yemen is falling now, which means there’s less and less money to go round, and that’s creating an economic crisis with multiple political implications."

Luckily, in either case, it turns out that the solution is we send Yemen more money.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Yemen Kills 2 Behind Embassy Threats”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Efficiency in killing suspected man made incident participants.
    They should have waterboarded them first!

  2. canary says:

    Setting the Yemen alleged terrorists free & sending them money to boot.
    We don’t even follow up where the money goes. It’s not like we are asking these corrupt countries to show us their financial logs.
    Hell, we can’t even see our own countries financial logs.

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