In accordance with a plan recently issued by the Yemeni Ministry of Interior, the security apparatuses will implement security deployment plan in the provinces to target al-Qaeda.
They have set up security units to blockade al-Qaeda in 4 governorates of Abyan, Marib, Shabwa and Hadramout. In these governorates, anti-terrorism units will hamper al-Qaeda elements’ activities and seek a reduction of violence.
In recent months, there have been increasing security checkpoints and provision of the security forces in the provinces with new security vehicles and weapons.
Some attacks have occurred in some far-flung locales, but they failed due to the vigilance and well-organized plans of security in the capital governorate, Sana’a.
The Yemeni Interior Ministry has announced the foiling of a kidnapping attempt against four Czechs tourists in Sana’a while two policemen were wounded in the campaign carried out by the security apparatus.
Western press and their interest in al-Qaeda in Yemen
Many international newspapers from around the world have largely concerned about al-Qaeda in Yemen such as the Guardian and Independent Newspapers. These newspapers confirmed to their readership that Yemen is a haven for al-Qaeda and it has become like Afghanistan. The western newspapers stated that Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki, is a godfather of global terrorism, and that the paltry parcel bombs affair was in fact a massive threat to international security.
Americans in Yemen
Hillary Clinton made the first visit of a Secretary of state since James Baker in 1990, and she was followed shortly thereafter by the Chairman of Armed Committee for Arms Control of the U.S. Senate
She reported that “al-Qaeda in Yemen is a real concern to America. This came as news to no one, as Yemen has long acknowledged the threat posed by al-Qaeda. The last visitor of her rank was James Baker, Secretary of State under the first George Bush, who graced Yemen with his presence very briefly in 1990.
According to the media, the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh had discussed the relations of the two countries with the U.S. Senate’s delegation in Yemen. The delegation was headed by the Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
They discussed bilateral relations, joint cooperation,n and ways to strengthen and achieve the common interests of both countries, including cooperation in the field of security, counter-terrorism, and military training.
The Yemeni president confirmed his country’s keenness on promoting bilateral relations and the cooperation between Sana’a and Washington. He praised the efforts of Yemen in combating terrorism and its role in supporting the international efforts in this area.
From his side, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee in U.S. Senate confirmed
United States’ support to strengthen relations with Yemen and to support cooperation between the two countries to cover all the various aspects of political, economic, and cultural relations.
Chief of General Staff, Major General Ahmed Ali al-Ashwal, and the commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet stationed in Bahrain, Lt. Gen. Mark Fox, discussed joint cooperation and relations between the armies of the two friendly countries, especially in the areas of training, repairs, and the exchange of information and expertise.
The meeting reviewed the efforts of the two friendly countries in the fight against terrorism and piracy on the Somali coasts. They searched also ways to strengthen military cooperation so as to ensure the common interests between the two countries.
During the meeting, the Chief of General Staff praised the steady development between the two countries. He pointed out the necessity of the mutual visits and frequent meetings among officials and the two countries. From his part, the commander of U.S. Fifth Fleet, appreciated Yemen’s efforts and the positive results achieved in combating terrorism and the efforts of securing the international waterway in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
He stressed the necessity of creating a strong partnership with the Yemeni armed forces, especially in the maritime field. He confirmed the need of developing the Navy and Coast Guard of Yemen, and relations between the two friendly countries and the two armies as well.
The Southern Movement, al-Qaeda, and the Houthi Challenges
Yemen has been through three security crises and they need a long time to be overcome, especially the escalation of al-Qaeda in some Yemeni provinces, the southern movement, and al-Houthis. Thus, Yemen has been passing through a difficult phase as a result of great risks experienced by the security forces. Therefore, Yemen needs international aid and cooperation to achieve development.
Trainers from Britain and America supervise the Yemeni security forces
Some sources confirmed the arrival of military trainers from America and Britain to train Yemeni forces against al Qaeda and terrorism, which started to appear in some Yemeni provinces. But, official sources denied any foreign presence of military trainers from abroad.
The continuation of tensions in Abyan province
Abyan governorate remains a real concern for the Yemeni government and clashes occurred between al-Qaeda and the Yemeni army there often.
The most grievous operation carried out by al-Qaeda left twelve army soldiers dead in an armed ambush in the area of al-Lawdar. The situation remains constantly tense. In the meantime, commander Maj. Gen. Brigadier General Mohsen Jezela has survived an ambush in which his soldiers were injured, also in al-Lawdar.
Ongoing Crackdown in Shabwa
In Shabwa, security incidents have been escalated and resulted in the death of an investigation officer in Mayfa’a directorate in Shabwa. While three were wounded in the attack on the security headquarters. But security apparatuses in Shabwa confirmed that they held currently in place a security campaign to pursue the suspected members of al-Qaeda in Shabwa directorate.
In the beginning of this year, a number of senior officials of the military leadership of the governorate were assassinated as a result of a explosive devices. Brigadier General Abdul Rahman al-Hili, a brigade commander in the area of al Kasha’a district in Hadramout directorate was subjected to an assassination attempt during his way to work in Hadramout.
Accordingly, was he slightly injured along with his driver. In al-Mukala, the Commander of the Central Security was also subjected to an assassination attempt, for which the authorities hold al-Qaeda responsible.
Repeated clashes in Marib occur between the army of Yemen and al-Qaeda gunmen. One of these clashes was an armed ambush set by al-Qaeda to lieutenant colonel, Nabil Aklan, the Chief Inspection Office in Marib, which claimed his life.
Al-Qaeda claims 49 terrorist attack carried out in Yemen
In a statement published by the media of Sada al-Malahem which is the media arm affiliated with al-Qaeda, 49 terrorist attacks were carried out in a number of Yemeni governorates over the past year in 2009.
Yemen’s Interior Ministry
Yemeni Interior Ministry reported that 178 security men died over the past year 2010 and 1,030 were wounded in clashes with al-Qaeda and the southern movement. According to the Media Centre of the Ministry of the Interior, “dozens of security forces were killed and injured in 2010 in defence of tranquillity and stability. 178 officers and men were killed while performing their duty against al-Qaeda to achieve peace.”
In the meantime, the number of complaints and grievances of Yemeni citizens have increased against outlaws affiliated to the Ministry of Interior estimated during the last year 2010.
The statistics were issued by Centre of Information Security for the Interior Ministry. The high number of complaints is due to the citizen’s confidence that their demands against the ones who abuse the Ministry of the Interior and exploit it for their own corrupt benefit, will be fulfilled.
Deterioration of the economy, tourism and oil sectors
These problems have influenced Yemen, especially the places in which al-Qaeda is known to operate. Therefore, such places require security apparatuses to play their role in the fight against a total security breakdown.