TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Al-Qaida expands in Middle East with car bomb attacks in Yemen

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Related .pdfs
Can't view the attachment? Then download the latest version of the free, Adobe Acrobat reader here:

Get Adobe Reader

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
 

SANAA, Yemen — Under a heavy fog, al-Qaida militants disguised in military uniforms conducted car bomb attacks on three security and military posts in southern Yemen on Friday, killing 38 soldiers in the group's biggest assault in the country since last year.

The coordinated attacks point to how al-Qaida is exploiting the continued weakness of Yemen's military to rally at a time when the group's branches across the region grow more assertive. More than two years after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, factions of the group he led are taking advantage of turmoil in multiple Arab nations to expand their presence and influence.

In Syria, foreign jihadists linked to or inspired by al-Qaida have become such a powerful force in the rebellion that the Syrian opposition on Friday accused them of being opportunists hijacking the uprising against President Bashar Assad. After the coup in Egypt toppled the Islamist president, al-Qaida leaders have called on sympathizers to join militants' fight there against the military. Iraq's al-Qaida branch has stepped up attacks in that country and extended operations into neighboring Syria.

Last month, the United States temporarily closed 19 diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa when intelligence agencies intercepted a message between al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, also a one-time confidant of bin Laden who leads the Yemen branch, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

“I think there's been a promiscuous rush to write al-Qaida's obituary, and it's always been presumptuous,” said Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.

Experts in extremist networks see no clear evidence of coordination between groups under the al-Qaida banner. But gains by one serve as powerful encouragement and recruiting tools for others.

‘The lateral connections — relationships between al-Qaida groups — create a latticed structure that adds to the resiliency of the network,” Katherine Zimmerman, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute told a hearing of a House subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence on Wednesday.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Debris on French island possibly that of missing Malaysia Airlines flight
  2. U.N. projects world’s population to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, 11.2 billion by end of century
  3. 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar confirmed
  4. Buildings in West Bank settlement torn down by order of Israel’s Supreme Court
  5. Greece struggling to convince European Union creditors it’s for real
  6. Syria’s embattled President Assad admits manpower shortage
  7. Scientists warn about killer robots
  8. Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead 2 years
  9. Exiled Yemen leader orders anti-rebel fighters to merge with army to battle Houthis