Al-Qaida In Yemen Captures Town South Of Capital...

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    So what's all this war mongering hype over attacking Syria about? Shouldn't this concern Socialist/Progressive & Neocon Globalist-types more?


    Al-Qaida militants seized full control of a town south of the Yemeni capital on Monday, overrunning army positions, storming the local prison and freeing at least 150 inmates, security officials said. The capture of Radda in Bayda province, some 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Sanaa, underscores the growing strength of al-Qaida in Yemen as it continues to take advantage of the weakness of a central government struggling to contain nearly a year of massive anti-government protests.

    The opposition has accused President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is to step down this month in line with a power transfer deal, of allowing the militants to overrun the city to bolster his claims that he must remain in power to secure the country against the rising power of Islamist militants.

    Security officials said the militants threw a security ring around Radda, preventing residents from leaving or entering, and killed two soldiers and wounded a third in clashes with army troops.

    The fighters pushed into the town from several points they had captured over the weekend, including an ancient castle that overlooks the town, a school and a mosque. They freed 150-200 inmates, including an unspecified number of militants loyal to al-Qaida. The officials said some of the freed inmates joined the militants after they were given arms.

    The militants seized weapon caches and vehicles from the security headquarters after killing two soldiers while the rest of the soldiers fled.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

    Monday's attack prompted stores and schools in Radda to close.

    Bayda province is a key transit route between the capital and Yemen's southern provinces where al-Qaida-linked militants have already seized control of a swath of territory and towns in Abyan province.

    An Associated Press photographer who visited Radda on Sunday said the militants were armed with rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles and other weapons. He quoted residents as saying the black al-Qaida banner has been raised atop the mosque they captured over the weekend.

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    You've done more hyping about an attack on Syria than anyone else on the board. Does that make you a "Socialist/Progressive or Neocon Globalist-type"? :cool:
     
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    Nice deflection attempt. But you fail. :)
     
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    Why do we care about an apparent civil war in Yemen?
     
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    Cuz the last time there was a civil war in the area we meddled, and propped up a team of monsters that included Al-Qaeda members. That country would be Libya.


    Wouldn't be the least bit surprised if we did the same in Yemen, especially since Obama has already blown up sections of Yemen during his term.
     
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    Why do we care about an apparent civil war in Syria...Or Libya?...Or Egypt?...
     
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    I honestly don't know. Those are the problems of those countries, and not ours. Besides, we have the largest military in the world, what do we haev to fear from some rag heads driving around in Toyotas with RPGs?
     
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    Libya has oil, Yemen does not, so we will not be sending Troops into Yemen, the only thing we may do is bomb their terrorist hide outs like we did with Awlaki earlier.
     
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    We are broke and cannot afford this? Besides, they are in Yemen, with no Navy and no way to get to the United States?
     
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    Breitbart is establishment pro war GOP all the way, being a libertarian, you should avoid his website. I have not been keeping up with Yemen at all but I am certain the rebels in question are calling themselves something other than Al Qaeda.
     

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