September 17, 2008
Yemen Goes South: Open Carnage Thread
Latest news indicates 16 or so dead in an apparent attempted raid on the U.S. Embassy to Yemen. This account, based on Yemen insider sources who work hard to bring the discussion quickly around to the expected "you need to send us more money, dammit", indicates it was a successfully stopped large-scale raid, and likely it was al-Qaeda (now there's some serious sleuthing!). Comments on the event from Aqoulites, friends, enemies, etc. . . . have at it.
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It doesn't really matter which particular group it was - al-Qa'ida or Islamic Jihad or the "Radical Anti-Imperialist Action Front for the Liberation of all Lands - Martyr Fulan ibn Fulan Chapter".
There are Islamist groups in Yemen. Some of them are targeting the US and its allies. Some will have ties to al-Qa'ida while others won't. It's been like that for a while now.
What is actually interesting is the professionalism of the Yemeni security forces, which (apparently) made all the difference between a thwarted attack and a massacre among embassy personnel.
Posted by: MSK* at September 18, 2008 03:53 AM
I was very impressed at the professionalism even heroism of the on-the-ground Yemeni forces.
Not so much the insider info that impressed the reporter, which was basically the obvious plus a cash plea.
Posted by: matthew hogan at September 18, 2008 10:52 AM