Yemen: Barack Obama warned that al-Qaeda planning ricin attack

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Well, I am anxious to know what Obamamessiah has said about this:

The New York Times, citing classified intelligence documents and unnamed officials, reports that terrorist operatives have been making efforts to buy large quantities of castor beans – which contain the toxic ricin protein – and shift them to a remote tribal area controlled by insurgents for processing.

Ricin is so poisonous that inhalation of a few minute grains is enough to kill an adult. It was used in deadly incidents including the 1978 assassination in London of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov and, in 2002, was the subject of a bioterrorism scare in the UK capital following a police raid on a facility said to be plotting its manufacture.

US officials are reported to have told Mr Obama that an attack is not imminent and that the terrorist arm has yet to formulate a means for dispersing it as a weapon.

They believe that the ultimate goal is to find an effective means of packing the white powder around explosives and detonating the devices in packed public areas such as shopping malls and airports, the New York Times revealed.

via Yemen: Barack Obama warned that al-Qaeda planning ricin attack – Telegraph.

Yemen: 63 Al-Qaeda members escape from prison

The escape is one part of the state’s plan of generating al Qaeda chaos. There is a high likelihood that the escape was arranged by the head of the security forces like Ahmed, Saleh’s son or one of the nephews. These officials are also the US’s important partners in counter-terror efforts and have been the recipients of millions in counter-terror funding. The Saleh regime has repeatedly released al Qaeda prisoners over the years often in exchange for support as mercenaries. Individual jihaddis were released to go fight in Saada, but larger scale escapes and releases (like the 109 released in 2009 or the escape in 2006) are a habitual characteristic of the Saleh regime and generally part of a much larger deal.

via Saleh cronies allow 62 al Qaeda prisoners to “escape” in Hadramout | Armies of Liberation.

Child brides

In India, the girls will typically be attached to boys four or five years older, an investigation in the June issue of National Geographic magazine has found. But in Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and other countries with even higher rates of marriage at an early age, the husbands may be young men, middle-aged widowers or even abductors who rape first and claim their victims as wives afterwards.

'Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him': Tahani (in pink) was just six years old when she she married Majed, 25 (standing next to her). The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah, Yemen  Read more:

'Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him': Tahani (in pink) was just six years old when she she married Majed, 25 (standing next to her). The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah, Yemen

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Yemen: Jew killer escapes prison

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This guy had killed his wife before killing the Jew, but didn’t go to prison because he accepted to pay a compensation to his wife’s family.

Abdul-Aziz al-Abdi, a Yemeni citizen convicted of murdering a Jewish man more than two years ago, has escaped from the prison to which he was confined, the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

The report says Moshe Yaish-Nahari’s killer succeeded in bribing prison guards and escaping with ten additional prisoners.

A local security source said several of the escaped prisoners have since been caught, but that al-Adbi remains at large. The 40-year old man was sentenced to death last summer after his conviction.

Al-Abdi killed Yaish-Nahari on December 11 2009, in the city of Raida in Omran, north of the capital Sana’a. Nahari was a brother of one of the Yemeni Jewish community’s top rabbis.

Yemen: tribal leaders will not hand over al-Qaeda operatives

This is hardly a surprise. They are the leaders of a tribe, so if you belong to it, you’ll be protected, whatever you have done, against people from other tribes…

In a severe blow to international demands for Yemen to do more to curb terrorism, sheikhs from the al-Qaeda heartlands in the country’s central provinces have told The Daily Telegraph that they would not turn in members of their tribes. The government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, they said, had not done enough to bring development to their impoverished regions, making them fertile breeding grounds for disaffected radicals.

There’s no discussion with the government, nothing,” said Sheikh Ahmed Shuraif, leader of the Bani Dhabyan, one of Yemen’s most important tribes. He holds sway in parts of Marib, to the east of the capital Sana’a, a hotbed of al-Qaeda-led unrest. “What al-Qaeda are doing is very bad and against Islam. If we had someone from al-Qaeda we would not accept him but we would not give him to the government either.”

via Yemen tribal leaders will not hand over al-Qaeda operatives – Telegraph.

So, his “tribe” is located in one of the “hotbeds of AQ-led unrest”. And he dares to say that “if he had some AQ operative he wouldn’t accept him”! Yeah, sure. 🙄

Yemen: U.S. drones operating in our country, FM says

In a rare public admission, Yemen’s Foreign Minister told CNN that his country is using U.S. drones in its campaign against al Qaeda.

The [drone] attacks are undertaken by the Yemeni Air Force but there is intelligence information that is exchanged about the location of the terrorists by the Americans,” said Abu Bakr Abdullah Al Qirbi.

Although the U.S. isn’t known to let other nations operate its drones, Al Qirbi declined to confirm that Americans were operating the drones in his country. If the Yemeni Air Force is operating the drones as he says, it would be a rare concession by the U.S.

Al Qirbi said that the Yemeni government halted air strikes last December because of the possibility of “collateral damage,” but said he could not confirm there had been no strikes in the last month.

A report in Sunday’s Washington Post quotes a senior U.S. official as saying the United States has deployed Predator drones in Yemen, but has not yet fired on suspected targets because of unreliable intelligence on “insurgents’ whereabouts.”

via U.S. drones operating in Yemen, foreign minister says –

Let’s see what results this has.

Yemen: Suspect held in connection with packages’ plot, released

The sole suspect held in the plot to send explosive-laden packages to the U.S. from Yemen has been released, according to the suspect’s father.

Yemeni officials said Saturday that security forces had detained two people connected to the probe, raising initial hopes of a big, early break in the case.

Family members identified one of the detainees as Hanan Al-Samawi, a fifth-year engineering student at Sana’a University. Officials said they had also taken in the young woman’s mother but that she wasn’t a suspect herself. Acquaintances and family members defended the young woman, saying she and her family weren’t political or known to be affiliated with militants.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Saturday that Washington passed on a telephone number that led security forces to the female student. According to a person familiar with the probe, Yemeni authorities traced one of the parcels to the student because the package’s paperwork contained the suspect’s phone number and address.

But the woman’s attorney, a human-rights lawyer in Sana’a, said there was no real evidence, suggesting a case of identity fraud.

“They claim that they found her phone number (off) the package, but that is not concrete evidence,” said Abdul Raman Barman, the lawyer, in an interview. “Anyone could have written her number (on) the package. “

via Yemen Releases Suspect Held in Connection to Bomb Plot –

It seems the author of the bomb is a Saudi national:

A Saudi bombmaker believed to be working with al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing is a key suspect in the parcel bomb plot against the United States, a US official said on Saturday.

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who tops a Saudi Arabian terrorism list, is the brother of a suicide bomber killed in an attempt to kill Saudi counter-terrorism chief Prince Mohammed bin Nayef last year.

via US eyeing Saudi-born bombmaker in parcel bomb plot – Israel News, Ynetnews.

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