Al Qaeda in Yemen Worries the West
Arab and Western officials worry that al Qaeda is securing a stronghold in Yemen, where the government’s focus on quelling a rebel insurgency is allowing the terror group to strengthen its ability to destabilize neighbors in East Africa and the Mideast.
Yemen’s government, which has long struggled to assert control over the country’s far-flung tribes and Islamic militant groups, launched a new offensive this summer against rebels living near its northern border with Saudi Arabia. The fighting, now in its seventh week, has shaken a fragile humanitarian situation. United Nations officials warned recently that food aid in the region is running low.
A report released this month by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warned that Yemen is facing “unprecedented” levels of instability.
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