Thursday, December 13, 2007

Jane says: Al-Qaeda’s New Base is Yemen

And she says it here:
The article notes that after the predictable shift from Afghanistan to Yemen, and once the structure is fully operational, there will be a new phase of al-Qaeda activity more robust and possibly more sophisticated than before, as Yemen’s physical infrastructure is more developed than Afghanistan.

Considering al-Qaeda’s long term strategy of establishing a new forward base in Yemen is coming to fruition after several years of preparation, how do the four Sa’ada wars lead by General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar against the Shiite rebels fit into the plan? Nicely I think, coincidentally or deliberately. Also Yemen has the advantage for al-Qaeda of proximity to the Horn of Africa and as a maritime choke point.

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