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US think tank seeks to connect Iran, Yemen, Qaeda - h3rm35 - 01-15-2010 01:25 AM
US think tank seeks to connect Iran, Yemen, Qaeda
Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:03:54 GMT
A report says a high-profile neoconservative think tank in the United States is reportedly working to establish a link between Iran, the Yemeni opposition groups and al-Qaeda militants.
The alleged connection between Iran, the Shia Houthi fighters in northern Yemen, the Yemeni separatists in the south and the militants has been the subject of discussions between Chris Harnisch and Frederick Kagan, two scholars at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).
Harnisch and Kagan have been at work for the past six months to make the connection, the report said.
Kagan, who directs a project on expansive contingency plans at the institute, is to submit the institute's examination of Yemen's domestic affairs and the consequences of a possible US intervention in the country and the rest of the Persian Gulf, the report said.
The AEI is alleged to have played a key role in the propaganda campaigns that preceded the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
Referring to the recent Yemeni and US airstrikes on southern Yemen, Harnisch argued in a December 29 piece that an "al-Qaeda franchise" in Yemen "has taken note of the increased cooperation between American and Yemeni security forces and appears to have identified the United States and its interests as its primary target, replacing Saudi Arabia and Yemen."
Yemen and the presence of militant groups that pledge allegiance to al-Qaeda have become a hot topic since the attempted bomb attack on a US airliner on Christmas Day by a young Nigerian who allegedly received training in the oil-rich country.