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Yemen Open To Dialogue With Al Qaeda

From an approving Associated Press:

Soldiers from the anti-terrorism force of the Yemeni Defense Ministry take part in an exercise in a training camp at the Sarif district, north of the capital San’a, Yemen Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.

Yemen’s president open to dialogue with al-Qaida

Sun Jan 10

SAN’A, Yemen – Yemen’s president said he is ready to open a dialogue with al-Qaida fighters who lay down their weapons and renounce violence, despite U.S. pressure to crack down on the terror group…

"Dialogue is the best way … even with al-Qaida, if they set aside their weapons and return to reason," he said in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV aired late Saturday. "We are ready to reach (an) understanding with anyone who renounces violence and terrorism." …

Hundreds of al-Qaida fighters — foreigners and Yemenis — are believed to be sheltered in Yemen’s mountainous regions where tribes angry at the central government hold sway. Yemenis in the group have tribal links that make if difficult for security forces to pursue them for fear of angering the well-armed tribes.

The regime has also struck alliances with hardline Islamists to ensure their followers’ support. In a prayer sermon on Friday, Sheik Abdul-Majid al-Zindani — one of the country’s most prominent clerics — railed against U.S. pressure to fight al-Qaida, accusing Washington and the United Nations of seeking to "impose an international occupation of Yemen."

The U.S. has labeled al-Zindani "a specially designated global terrorist" for alleged links to al-Qaida. But he is a close ally of Saleh, and the government denies he is a member of the terror group…

Yemeni officials have argued in the past that the policy of reconciling with al-Qaida fighters and extremists who are not members of the group is in part a necessity, given the realities in the country. Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi, who is charge of security, said 600 veterans of the Afghan war of the 1980s and later conflicts there have gone through a rehabilitation program with clerics and officials and "are now good citizens."

But others jailed by Yemen and later released have since returned to al-Qaida activities, such as Fahd al-Quso, who is wanted by the United States for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Yemen in 2005 but then released three years later.

Now he is on the run with other al-Qaida fighters in the eastern province of Shabwa, a known stronghold of the terror group, said the province’s governor, Ali Hassan al-Ahmar…

Sure, look at all the good negotiating with the terrorists did for Pakistan.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Yemen Open To Dialogue With Al Qaeda”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I don’t get it.
    Aren’t we paying them enough money?
    Do these people (?) stare at the sun too much?

    You don’t negotiate with rabid dogs……you “KILL” them and be done with it!!

  2. jobeth says:

    “We are ready to reach (an) understanding with anyone who renounces violence and terrorism.” …

    Ahhh, now I get it! This must be where Obalmy got his views on “talking” peace and goodness into these murderers. (or perhaps they got the idea from Obalmy…who knows? I mean, birds of a feather and all…)

    However, IF Yemen does take in all these terrorists, maybe then he will have a country to declare war against…..Forget I even thought that….Silly me.

    Besides, that weak little so called governement of Yemen is in no position to call any shots with Al Qaeda. It’s almost laughable. Sort of like when Iraq’s Hussein declares he is willing to negotiate…as he is being pulled out of his rat’s nest hideaway by American soldiers.

    No, it will be Al Qaeda who call’s all those shots…It won’t be long until it is a full blown terrorist country. Not that it isn’t now.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Yemen’s president said he is ready to open a dialogue with al-Qaida ..”

    Is Yemen’s president a Kenyan relative of o-blah-blah?

  4. Chuckk says:

    It is impossible to negotiate with irrational people.

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