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Meanwhile in Yemen ....
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 02, 2007

Obviously not all terrorist bombers are amateurs.

But it might reinforce the theory in the post below. Yemen has always has had an al Qaeda presence, so retaining some of that expertise necessary for this type of attack is entirely probable. Secondly, I would guess it is much easier to travel within the Middle East for them than it is to travel to the West now. And given that, targets in the Middle East would then be much softer that elsewhere and give them the needed propaganda boosts these sorts of events seem to give them. It's almost a "hey, we're still out here!" type of attack.
A suicide bomber killed eight people Monday when he drove his car into the site of an ancient temple in Yemen's northeast province of Mareb, police said.


No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but police in Mareb said they had received information last month about a possible al Qaeda attack. Authorities did not elaborate.

Al Qaeda has an active presence in Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, despite government efforts to fight the terror network. Al Qaeda was blamed for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden that killed 17 American sailors and the attack on a French oil tanker that killed one person two years later.
Anyway, food for thought.
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Even amateurs are successful some of the times.

It’s worth noting that most suicide attacks are still in Islamic nations with India coming in second and Europe right behind. We’re a distant 4th place. Clearly it’s location, location, location. They fight where they are. This suggests that a secure border and limitation on entry from Islamic nations could be the most effective defense. It also suggests that the organized global jihadist movement is effectively dead.
Written By: Jason Pappas
Many jihaddists in Yemen gained expertise fighting in Iraq. Yemenis comprise one of the largest contingents in Iraq. The attack in Marib was said to be a negotiating tactic, al-Qaeda wants more of its operatives released from jail, as many have been before through rehabilitations, negotiations, and repetitive escapes.
Written By: Jane

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