Yemen: America's Friend, America's Enemy Essay

913 Words 4 Pages
On October 12, 2000 terrorists belonging to Al-Qa’Ida in the country of Yemen successfully orchestrated a terrorist attack in the Gulf of Aden on the USS Cole, a Naval guided missile destroyer. This attack was a signal that the reach of Al-Qaida had extended beyond the borders of Afghanistan into the Arabian peninsula. The President of Yemen is America’s ally in the war on terrorism and proved so by denouncing the attack on the USS Cole and the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Though Yemen fosters terrorists and is home to Al-Qa’Ida the country is still an ally in many ways. The poor economic state of the main populace and the unseen assistance from the U.S. and the rest of the Western world does not help our …show more content…
Adding to these difficulties, Yemen is also facing a variety of interrelated national security problems that have strained the government, military and security forces. In the northern provinces, there has been intermittent rebellion by Houthi tribesmen who accuse the government of discrimination and other actions against their Shiite sect. In the southern part of Yemen, an independence movement has developed which is mostly nonviolent but increasingly confrontational. Al-Qa’Ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), headquartered in Yemen, emerged in January 2009 according to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC 2011) appears to be strengthening and showing signs of transitioning from a terrorist group with limited capabilities to an emerging insurgent movement. AQAP was preceded by Al-Qa’Ida in Yemen (AQY) which was created in 2006 conducted its biggest attack by targeting the US Embassy in Sana’a using two car bombs that detonated outside the compound, killing 19 people, including six terrorists. AQAP tried to go through with an attack on U.S. soil December 25, 2009. They used a suicide bomber on a Northwest Airlines flight. The planned failed only because the device was not created properly but has caused the U.S. to increase its security and bomb detection procedures and technologies. AQAP has brought together terrorists from Saudi Arabia

Related Documents