Qaeda vows more attacks on Yemen government

DUBAI - Al Qaeda threatened in an internet audio recording on Thursday to carry out more attacks on Yemeni forces following several suspected and confirmed Qaeda strikes on the government that have killed dozens.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 11:49 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:49 AM

Four assaults on state targets have been attributed to al Qaeda’s Yemen based regional arm since June, though it has only claimed two of the attacks. The most recent attack by suspected militants in a southern oil province killed six soldiers.

Al Qaeda in Yemen previously focused high-impact strikes on foreign targets, but has started to aim them at the state in response to enhanced U.S.-Yemeni cooperation in a crackdown on the militant group that has included air strikes and raids.

“You are covering for American crimes to subjugate the people of this country to serve U.S. interests in the region,” said the tape, posted on an Islamist website.

“These crimes will be responded to harshly.”

Accusing the government of entering a “crusader alliance”, killing innocent Muslims and demolishing homes and mosques, the tape vowed more assaults like the June attack on a police base in the southern port city of Aden that killed 11 people.

“The Aden operation came in the context of these crimes and, God willing, we will strike again when the time is right.”

Al Qaeda had released a tape vowing revenge on Yemen for security raids in an area believed to be one of its strongholds the day before its attack on Aden’s police headquarters.

Impoverished Yemen, facing an ongoing insurgency in its north and a separatist movement in its south, is under international pressure to quell domestic conflicts and focus on a resurgent al Qaeda in the country.

Western powers fear the militant group could be exploiting growing instability in Yemen, a neighbour to the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, to use the country as a launch pad for attacks abroad.

The recording also said Yemen’s claims that it had arrested and killed several al Qaeda militants in the wake of the Aden attack were wrong, and that it was prepared for new assaults.

“A message to security and national forces: God willing our swords are ready and we are resolved to cleanse the earth.”

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