Skip to comments.Yemen outlaws motorcycles in governorate under siege
Posted on 09/19/2010 5:43:05 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
The open road. The wind blowing through your hair. The sun sets over the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea and the Abyan Delta -- Yemens most fertile valley. The Harley revs as you cruise down the coastal plain along the Aden Mukalla highway, past cotton and tobacco fields, orchards, fruit farms, clay houses, hot springs, a fish-canning factory and the Khanfar Mountain.
Authorities in Yemens Abyan Governorate, a growing stronghold for Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, have banned motorcycles from cities in the regions urban centers.
"Using motorbikes in terrorist operations to assassinate intelligence officers and security personnel have been massively mounted over the past nine months in the province," San'a-based Yemeni Interior Ministry official told the Xinhua news agency.
The news, first reported in the pan-Arab London-based daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, follows a series of recent assassinations by Al-Qaida militants throughout Abyan and will affect some 5,000 two-wheeled vehicles, according to local media. Militants on motorcycles have killed at least 30 Yemeni soldiers, intelligence officers and security personnel over the last three months alone, using the bikes to make a quick escape.
Motorcycles are typically used by terrorists and insurgents to deliver weapons directly if its a suicide attack or to make a quick getaway, Dr Theodore Karasik, Director for Research and Development at the Institute for Near East Gulf Military Analysis told The Media Line. The banning of motorcycles is indicative of how the government, with help from US officers, is trying to cut down on the movements of Al-Qaida members and tribal members who support them.
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There was a video game,by Electronic Arts,called Command&Conquer Generals,had terrorists riding on motorcycles as deployable units.
Thought that was the stupidest thing I ever saw.
Apparently reality does imitate fiction.
Small motorbikes and scooters are a major form of transport for people in poor countries.
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on really congested city streets and alleys, scooters and motorcycles are excellent get away vehicles.
Mostly desert and small towns out in Yemen.
I don’t this spreading to Aden.
Sounds like a familiar refrain over here with regard to another tool that's constitutionally protected....
Ban biker gangs by banning bikes. Gotta say that’s something which wouldn’t fly in the States. Yet.
That just makes me mad! I love my Honda Shadow! I rode it to a downtown festival this weekend because it is so easy to find a parking spot!
Of course, I’ll use just any excuse that I can to ride it!