Skip to comments.Washington's War in Yemen Backfires (related to Benghazi...seized “heavy artillery pieces...)
Posted on 10/15/2012 6:06:04 AM PDT by bronxville
General Sumali gives his account of what happened on May 27, 2011. On that day, several hundred militants laid siege to Zinjibar, thirty miles northeast of the important southern city of Aden, killing several soldiers, driving out local officials and taking control within two days. Sumali attributes the takeover to an intelligence breakdown, explaining, We were surprised in late May with the flow of a large number of terrorist militants into Zinjibar. He adds that the militants raided and attacked some security sites. They were able to seize these institutions. We were surprised when the governor, his deputies and other local officials fled to Aden. As the Yemeni military began fighting the militants, General Sumali tells me, men from Yemens Central Security Forces fled, abandoning heavy weaponry as they retreated. The CSF, whose counterterrorism unit is armed, trained and funded by the United States, is commanded by President Salehs nephew Yahya. (A media outlet associated with the militants reported that they seized heavy artillery pieces, modern antiaircraft weapons, a number of tanks and armored transports in addition to large quantities of different kinds of ammunition.)
Sumali says that as his forces attempted to repel the attack on Zinjibar in early June, they were attacked by the militants using the artillery seized from the CSF units. Many of my men were killed, he says. The Islamist fighters also conducted a series of bold raids on the base of the 25th Mechanized on the southern outskirts of Zinjibar. In all, more than 230 Yemeni soldiers have been killed in battles with the militants since last May.
Moreover, just who exactly these militants were who overtook Zinjibar is a matter of some dispute. According to the Yemeni government, they were operatives of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group Washington has identified as the single most dangerous terrorist threat facing the United States. But the militants who took the city did not claim to be from AQAP. Instead, they announced themselves as a new group, Ansar al Sharia, or Supporters of Sharia. Senior Yemeni officials told me that Ansar al Sharia is simply a front for Al Qaeda. They point out that the first known public reference to the group was made a month before the attack on Zinjibar by AQAPs top cleric, Adil al-Abab. The name Ansar al Sharia is what we use to introduce ourselves in areas where we work to tell people about our work and goals, and that we are on the path of Allah, he said, adding that the new name was intended to put the focus on the message of the group so as to avoid being bogged down with the baggage of the Al Qaeda brand. Whether Ansar al Sharia had more independent origins or its merely a product of AQAPs crude rebranding campaign, as Abab claims, the groups significance would soon extend well beyond Al Qaedas historically limited spheres of influence in Yemen while simultaneously popularizing some of AQAPs core tenets.
Unlike the militant movement Al Shabab in Somalia, AQAP has never taken control of significant swaths of territory in Yemen. But Ansar al Sharia pledged to do just that, declaring an Islamic Emirate in Abyan. Once Ansar al Sharia and its allies solidified their grip on Zinjibar, they implemented an agenda aimed at winning hearts and minds. Ansar al Sharia has been much more proactive in attempting to provide services in areas in Yemen where the government has virtually disappeared, says Gregory Johnsen, a Yemen scholar at Princeton University. It has claimed that it is following the Taliban model in attempting to provide services and Islamic government where the central government in Yemen has left a vacuum.
The National Transitional Council of Libya was under the auspices of the US when they hired al Sharia and 17 February Martyrs Brigade as Security.
Ms Lamb stated at the hearing they had a policy and procedure on this practice since it had worked in the past. It doesn't appear to be a success judging by what happened in Yemen.
President Obamas ambassador, the late Christopher Stevens, was, as they say, reaching out across the jihad spectrum on official business.
Meanwhile, Ansar al Sharia (Supporters of Islamic Law), the al-Qaida-linked militia believed to have led the consulate assault in September, is a spinoff of the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, but that didnt scratch the lacquered political surface, either. And even as reports remind us of ties among February 17 Martyrs Brigade leadership, the Muslim Brotherhood and the web of jihad-poison spun by Qatars Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Libyas Ali al-Salabi the latter having been tapped by the Qatari dictatorship to distribute $2 billion to Libyan rebels the focal point remains elsewhere.
The State Dept. official informed Chairman Issa’s committee last week that “between 10,000 and 20,000” of our weapons were missing! This appears to be the international version of “Fast and Furious” by which Obama is arming the militant Muslims in their quest to control the entire Middle East.
Drill, Baby, drill...because these cutthroats will soon be in control of our ME oil supply.
“The State Dept. official informed Chairman Issas committee last week that between 10,000 and 20,000 of our weapons were missing! This appears to be the international version of Fast and Furious by which Obama is arming the militant Muslims in their quest to control the entire Middle East.”
This needs to be addressed NOW as this is a major “Huston we have a problem” issue!
and I agree, time to start drilling!
“As the Yemeni military began fighting the militants, General Sumali tells me, men from Yemens Central Security Forces fled, abandoning heavy weaponry as they retreated. The CSF, whose counterterrorism unit is armed, trained and funded by the United States, is commanded by President Salehs nephew Yahya. (A media outlet associated with the militants reported that they seized heavy artillery pieces, modern antiaircraft weapons, a number of tanks and armored transports in addition to large quantities of different kinds of ammunition.)”
Al Sharia stole them in Yemen. Was Al Sharia being paid by the Transitional Council in Libya aka US during the time they were stolen? And were these same weapons used to attack the Libyan Council.
A video from al Qaeda-linked militants shows ammunition and weapons seized from a raid in Yemen, which killed 110 people.