Skip to comments.Yemeni forces launch attack on al-Qaeda operatives
Posted on 12/24/2009 2:19:07 PM PST by myknowledge
SANAA, Yemen -- Yemeni forces, backed by the United States, launched an attack Thursday on a meeting of al-Qaeda operatives where a Yemeni American preacher linked to the suspected gunman in the Fort Hood attacks might have been present, U.S. and Yemeni officials said.
The strike on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in southeastern Yemen killed at least 30 suspected militants and was the second such assault in the past week, according to Yemeni security and government sources. One of the possible meeting participants was Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen and extremist preacher who exchanged e-mails with the Army psychiatrist suspected of killing 13 people at the Fort Hood Army base.
In a statement, the Yemeni Embassy in Washington said that Aulaqi was believed to be attending a meeting of senior al-Qaeda leaders, including the network's regional leader, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, and his deputy, Said al-Shihri, a Saudi national and former detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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The Arabs must be very irritated of the Iranians' proxies waging war on them. They have struck back with air strikes wounding or killing Anwar al-Aulaqi, the terrorist preacher who exchanged emails with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan (psychiatrist who killed 13 patriot soldiers at Ft. Hood, TX).
Poor hasan paralyzed and now his preacher kilt. lol
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Exactly what does "backed by the United States" mean Mr. President?
Where "code pink" when you need them. They must be getting fitted for their Obama knee pads
It does concern me we are getting involved in a proxy war with Iran. What about getting involved with Iran's proxy war in Gaza and Lebanon ?
Oh' yea. Lebanon and Gaza doesn't have any "earl"
SEALs-—probably no coincidence that the U.S. Navy’s Horn of Africa command is near by.
There is no Yemeni army presence or special forces anywhere near the air strike.
There have been about 760 sorties all over Yemen against Houthis and Al Qaeda training camps, all daylight raids. There have been about 20 sorties, at night, precision ordnance, by undeclared parties.... Calling Captain Obvious....
I swear, some people have too much free time and not enough women.
The big boots belong to the Saudi Army. The little guy is a terrorist flea.
Religion of peace? More like religion of slaughterlike animals.
The Yemeni Air Force has MiGs, L-39s, F-5 Tigers, Mi-24 Hinds and Su-22 Fitters.
I'm wondering why he was killed. Did he know more? How many more operatives he may have known is hiding out stateside, in our military, in our schools, government (Obama), etc.
Yemen is also very mountainous, night sorties would be very tricky...unless, say, you might possibly be driving an F/A-18C Hornet with say the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron 86 on the USS Nimitz in the N Arabian Sea. Not saying they've been picking any fights lately, but they darn sure could, 24/7, anywhere....
Maybe he couldn’t stay off his phone. It may be no coincidence that the cell phone repeater complex in the same town was degraded right after the strike on al-Awlaki’s house.
I doubt the US military initiates new action on foreign soil without diplomatic contacts at the highest levels. So, one wonders why this strike now?
My guess is they don't want this creep testifying at Hasan's trial because it would prove that his WAS an act of terrorism, about which the Army would then have to DO something. We wouldn't want that... now would we?
Further, the Army would then be liable to the survivors of the victims for harboring a known terrorist. Can you say treble damages? We wouldn't want that either, now would we?
In the process, his defenders might just have to do discovery on whether there were any orders from the top systematically protecting this creep. We wouldn't want that either.
Ordering a strike in Yemen then starts looking pretty good.
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