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Yemen after US Air Strike based on the Legend of Anwar Al-Awlaki and the Myth of Al-Qaeda
01-13-2010, 01:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 11-09-2010, 09:51 AM by FastTadpole.)
Exclamation  Yemen after US Air Strike based on the Legend of Anwar Al-Awlaki and the Myth of Al-Qaeda
Yemen after US Air Strike

01-13-2010, 01:47 AM,
RE: Yemen after US Air Strike
No words neccessary, but what a shocking piece of footage.
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06-07-2010, 08:26 PM,
RE: Yemen after US Air Strike
Quote:Yemen: US Strikes Used Cluster Bombs And Killed 41 Civilians
By Gilbert Mercier
Jun 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

Amnesty International says that they have evidence American missiles were fired in a “target killing” attack against Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen in which 41 civilians were killed including 14 women and 21 children. The use of such strikes, either conducted by drones, in the case of Pakistan or Afghanistan, or by missiles fire from ships and submarines have increased under the Obama administration.

The photographic evidence, obtained from a Yemeni source and released by Amnesty International today, shows US Tomahawk cruise missiles were used in the raid. The attack took place on December 17, 2009 and at the time Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh strongly denied any US involvement. For its part, the Obama administration has refused to confirm reports that it had fired cruise missiles, but the new evidence provided by Amnesty support the hypothesis that the raid was conducted by the US.

“A military strike of this kind against alleged militants without an attempt to detain them is at the very least unlawful. The fact that so many victims were actually women and children indicates that the attack was, in fact, grossly irresponsible, particularly given the likely use of cluster munitions,” said Philip Luther from Amnesty International.

The Yemeni government has said its forces alone carried out the attack. In late 2009, shortly after the attack, some US media alleged statements by unnamed US government officials who said that US cruise missiles, launched on direct presidential orders, had been fired at two alleged Al-Qaeda camps in Yemen. Amnesty International has requested information from the Pentagon about the involvement of US forces in the raid, and what precautions, if any, were taken to minimize deaths and injuries. So far the Pentagon has not responded to Amnesty International’s inquiry.

“Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen, when most states around the world have committed to comprehensively ban these weapons,” said Mike Lewis from Amnesty International.

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The United States has not yet signed the convention on cluster munitions, a treaty designed to ban such weapons, which is due to enter into force on August 1, 2010. Cluster bombs have indiscriminate effects and unexploded bomb-lets can be a threat for years.

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11-09-2010, 09:42 AM,
RE: Yemen after US Air Strike
Replacement Video (Mirror):

Propaganda segue for your amusement:

Al Qaeda Leader Dined at the Pentagon Just Months After 9/11

Quote:Yemenis Have Never Heard of Anwar Al-Awlaki and Claim Al-Qaeda is a Myth
November 6, 2010

Anwar Awlaki, whom U.S. authorities have linked to the Ft. Hood killings, is said to be hiding in the mountains in Yemen. But a sampling of men in Sana say they don't know who he is, and some call him — and his Al Qaeda branch — a political invention.

“Anwar Awlaki?”


“Is he a doctor? I don’t think I know him.”

Americans may regard the U.S.-born cleric with the beard and hard stare as a new face of terror, but when you mention Awlaki in the Yemeni capital, it’s as if you’ve asked someone to solve a complicated bit of arithmetic. Eyes narrow, faces scrunch.

“I don’t know who he is. I work all day and don’t watch a lot of TV,” said Ibrahim Abdulrab, standing over an ironing board with a pile of shirts at his feet.

The radical preacher is on the CIA’s assassination list and is believed to be hiding with Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen’s mountainous tribal lands. He is implicated in a number of plots, including inspiring an Army psychiatrist who is charged with killing 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, and the recent attempt to blow up aircraft with packages of concealed explosives.

Internet videos, website manifestos and pundit rhetoric are splicing Awlaki into the American consciousness. But he is largely unknown here or referred to as an apparition hiding in a distant crevice. Even his Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is scoffed at by many as an invention, a ploy by Washington and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to advance larger agendas.

Rumors dart like sparrows across this city, flitting through conversations, sermons and newsrooms. Perceptions are shaped by conjecture and thinly drawn asides. They highlight the ideological and emotional divides between the U.S. and the Middle East on matters ranging from drone strikes in Pakistan to the elusive characters and strange blueprints of global terrorism.

“Al Qaeda in Yemen? A myth,” said Mohammed Asari, a university student dressed in a blue blazer and sitting on a motorcycle. “I haven’t seen them. They’re mentioned on the news, but I don’t trust the news. It’s full of liars.”

He slipped on his sunglasses and rode away, just as another student, Isa Ahmed, strolled into an alley past rows of books for sale on blankets. “Al Qaeda is not real,” he said. “They’ve been created for political reasons. We don’t know what’s going on or what exists and what doesn’t.”

In an electronics store, pecking away at a laptop on a slow morning before prayers, Khaled Farih offered a theory.

“Al Qaeda is an Israeli gang using Islam as a cover,” he said. “They want to defame Islam through terrorist acts. Yemen has a lot of enemies and they’re all looking for gaps to slip through and destroy us. Al Qaeda might also be the work of the secessionists who want to divide Yemen.”

Many Yemenis believe that Saleh, a shrewd tribesman who has ridden atop this country’s rambunctious politics for three decades, is inflating Al Qaeda’s strength as a ruse to attract Western aid. His government has attempted to link terrorist elements to an intensifying separatist movement in the south that analysts fear could ignite a civil war.

But nobody knows, figuring out reality here is like reading road signs in the fog. Besides, there are too many other problems: joblessness, corruption, malnutrition, human rights abuses and questions like how a man such as Abdulrab, who charges about 24 cents for each shirt he irons, feeds his family.

Don’t complain too loudly. The beggar at your elbow may be a spy. Interlopers are everywhere, listening, making phone calls. Or so it seems. Yemenis love intrigue, folding and unfolding possibilities, sketching scenarios to fit a confusing world beyond the old city’s fortress walls.

But what of Awlaki? A Yemeni judge on Saturday ordered his “forcible arrest.” But despite his website and eloquent missives, Awlaki, known for public relations savvy and quoting from the Koran and Charles Dickens, drew barely a hint of recognition from shopkeepers, waiters and computer engineers along Sana’s streets and alleys.

“Never heard of him,” said Adnan Lotef, who served flat bread and tin plates of beans at a cafe not far from men with paint rollers and shovels waiting on corners and hoping for a day’s work.

Down the sidewalk, past a stand of bags of yesterday’s popcorn, a kettle steamed in a tea shop. Asad Hussein had no customers, but customers come and go and much of life is spent in the lulls between.

He took a seat.

“Anwar Awlaki?” he said. “Yes, I know who he is. He is not of Islam. He is not a real Muslim. His behavior against the world is not right. We should do no harm to one another. It’s God who should decide whether we go to heaven or hell, not Awlaki.”,0,7585006.story
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