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Al Qaeda takes Over Another Town In Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaeda seizes control of another town in Yemen" by Yemen Post Staff / Sanaa published Sunday, March 25th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Al-Qaeda announced on Saturday that it has taken control of the coastal town of Radum, in the Yemeni southeastern province of Shabwa. The militants moved from Azan and other areas of Shabwa to Radum, according to the official, who indicated that the militants took control of town gradually. Yemen based al-Qaeda wing, which is according to the US administration the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, has stepped its attacks on military institutions and personnel, taking an advantage of a distracted government. Would you like to know more?

A Swiss woman, working as an English teacher, was abducted two a week ago by the militants and she is believed to have been moved to Shabwa (see map on right), the hometown of the US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Wlaqi, who was assassinated by US drone last year. Early this year, al-Qaeda briefly seized control of Rada, the main town in the southeastern province of Al-Bytha. Last year in May, the terror network took control of Zinjubar, the provincial capital of Abyan, which has been the scene of almost daily clashes between AQAP and army forces.

In addition to this, suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have killed an army officer and wounded two soldiers in an ambush in southern Yemen, a military official said on Sunday. The ambush, which took place on Saturday, targeted an army convoy east of the city of Huta in the province of Lahij, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. The convoy was on its way to reinforce a checkpoint in the suburb of Hamra when it came under attack by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen, who are active in the region, the official added.

Locals have reported that Al-Qaeda gunmen are trying to take over Hamra.

Armed militants from the Ansar Al-Shariah group, who have connections with Al-Qaeda, took control on Friday of the Al-Rudum district in Shabwa, southeast Yemen, local sources told the Yemen Times. The 6,680 square km district has over 23,000 inhabitants and has a 220km coastline along the Arabian Sea. Yemen’s largest liquid natural gas plant operates and exports gas to the global market from the city of Balhaf in the district.

Citizens in the district told the Yemen Times on Saturday that the group’s activities began in the area in the form of public religious speeches. Their activities have developed significantly after security forces abandoned their positions, and now the group practically runs the district.
The armed militants came from Azzan, 30km northeast of Al-Rudum, which fell into the hands of the group in early June 2011. Citizens say that the militants have already started assuming their job in organizing public life, guarding commercial shops and establishing an Islamic emirate.

The Islamists have exploited a central government weakened by a year of anti-regime protests to strengthen their grip, launching deadly attacks against security forces, especially across south and southeast Yemen. The United States says the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is the most active branch of the global terror network.



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