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NY Times – US Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion

December 28, 2009

A year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency sent several of its top field operatives with counterterrorism experience to the country, according a former top agency official. At the same time, some of the most secretive Special Operations commandos have begun training Yemeni security forces in counterterrorism tactics, senior military officers said.

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Al Qaeda’s profile in Yemen rose sharply a year ago, when a former Guantánamo Bay detainee from Saudi Arabia, Said Ali al-Shihri, fled to Yemen to join Al Qaeda and appeared in a video posted online. Several other former Guantánamo detainees have also joined the group.

Yemen’s remote areas are notoriously lawless, but the country’s chaos has worsened in the past two years, as the government struggles with an armed rebellion in the northwest and a rising secessionist movement in the south. Yemen is running out of oil, and the government’s dwindling finances have affected its ability to strike at Al Qaeda.

Meanwhile, there have been increasing Yemeni ties to plots against the United States. A Muslim man charged in the June 1 killing of a soldier at a recruiting center in a mall in Little Rock, Ark., had traveled to Yemen, prompting a review by the F.B.I. of other domestic extremists who had visited the country.

A radical cleric in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, has been linked to numerous terrorism suspects, including Nidal Malik Hasan, the American Army major who faces murder charges in the shooting deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., in November.

So we want to close Guantanamo and return the majority of it’s inmates to countries like Yemen where they can rejoin al-Qaeda and help attach the US again? Good plan. On another point, and maybe I am making too much of this, but look at the time line in this article and then tell me whose name is prominently missing. (George W. Bush is who. If this attempt to deal with jihadis in Yemen started a year ago he was still President. In fact assistance to the Yemenis started back in 2002 and in 2002 6 terrorists were killed in Yemen by a CIA operated drone. Remember what a stink it caused.)

memeorandum

Something else I find amazing is the medias sudden acceptance that the President can receive briefings and stay engaged with ongoing matters while on vacation. President Obama really must be much smarter than President Bush if that’s possible, after all Bush couldn’t possibly know what was going on unless he sat automaton like at his desk in the Oval Office.

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10 opposition members have been killed in Iran, I wish them luck but without outside support of some sort I think their efforts are doomed. Niles Gardiner has noticed, as have others.

Bring the Heat Bring the Stupid looks at some neat little John Deere tractors the Army is using.

Another Black Conservative looks at the Baucus video.

Dave Berry

It was a year of Hope — at first in the sense of “I feel hopeful!” and later in the sense of “I hope this year ends soon!”

It was also a year of Change, especially in Washington, where the tired old hacks of yesteryear finally yielded the reins of power to a group of fresh, young, idealistic, new-idea outsiders such as Nancy Pelosi. As a result Washington, rejecting “business as usual,” finally stopped trying to solve every problem by throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at it and instead started trying to solve every problem by throwing trillions of taxpayer dollars at it.

Google Trends – Mixed Bag today. Number 1 is Von Trapp Family followed closely by Edie Sedgwick and Crystal Defanti. I cant really figure out how the family The Sound of Music, a drug addicted socialite and a teacher who gave a sex tape to her 5th grade students relate to each much less a slap chop remix and a drunk Max Baucus but I am sure there is some hidden mystical thread tying them together.

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