TITLE

Basket Catch

AUTHOR(S)
Schanzer, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;9/1/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 9, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Yemen, terrorist Osama bin Laden's ancestral home, is widely considered a war-on-terrorism basket case. In 2002, on the six-month anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, United States President George W. Bush even suggested that Yemen had the potential to become another Afghanistan. But, in 2003, Sanaa has made quiet but significant strides in cracking down on terrorist elements. The realization that it could not afford any more attacks--combined, perhaps, with some unease at U.S. ability to forcibly oust the Taliban and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and push aside Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat--drove Yemen to dramatically expand its anti-terror cooperation with the United States. In November 2002, a U.S.-operated unmanned aerial vehicle incinerated a car carrying six Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen's badlands, including the wanted Ali Qaed Sinan Al Harthi, one of Al Qaeda's top leaders in Yemen and a suspect in the Cole attack. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Yemen's interior ministry have been working together, and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Robert Mueller and Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh shook hands in over the establishment of a "Legal Office" in the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, formalizing an FBI presence that began in 2000. U.S. Marines are training elite Yemeni forces to ferret out shadowy Al Qaeda elements, and Yemeni forces arrested 37 militants in operations against the Islamic Army of Aden, a local group with known ties to Al Qaeda, in a village some 280 miles south of Sanaa.
ACCESSION #
10644180

 

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