The Arab Spring continues and the name has probably become an antonym for its original definition. The Arab Spring is rapidly becoming a takeover by Al Qaeda and its offshoots. Freedom fighters are withdrawing as Al Qaeda et al fill the void. The only organized force prepared to take over in Egypt is The Muslim Brotherhood. Yemen is in danger now along with every other Middle Eastern country. It was Osama’s dream and our appeaser President has become his useful idiot. Osama’s death is meaningless since his dream lives on. His death was a physical event; Osama lives and he is fueled by the idiocy of Obama, his near-namesake.
From Front Page Magazine: – As the Yemeni government escalates its war against protestors seeking the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Islamist groups in the southern part of the country are exploiting the power vacuum caused by the chaos to gain local and regional influence while they establish themselves in cities and towns abandoned by police and the army.
Meanwhile, the embattled president has once again reneged on a promise to resign, claiming that al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists would take over the country if he left. It is a sign of how bad things are for Saleh that no one believes him. In fact, the president stands accused of ordering the abandonment of a key provincial capital to the militants in an effort to justify the continuation of his rule.
About 400 Islamic extremists have moved into the southern coastal city of Zinjibar in the lawless province of Abyan with the stated purpose of establishing a fundamentalist Islamic state in Yemen. There are conflicting reports about which group has seized this provincial capital and third largest city in the country, with some residents reporting that it is Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which has moved in, while other press reports identify a local fundamentalist tribal group known as Ansar al-Sharia. But Yemen scholar Gregory Johnsen tweeted on Sunday that AQAP has begun calling itself by that name recently.
The government fought back, bombing buildings and compounds where the extremists were holed up and sending ground forces in to try and wrest control of the city from the militants. Helicopter gunships may have destroyed up to 200 homes with at least 12 people killed during the counterattack. Thousands have fled the fighting and the prospect of being governed by extremists. Read here: Al Qaeda on the move in Yemen