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Al-Qaeda expanding its control over Yemen, say leaders

Almost simultaneously, President Barack Obama told the American people his anti-terrorism strategy is keeping Americans safe, including his NSA surveillance program, while Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi all but raised the white flag on Saturday during a meeting of his government's civilian and military leaders.

Besides the ongoing al-Qaeda attacks, the Yemeni government faces civil unrest from citizens.
Saba Agency

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is on the verge of taking control of Yemen's southern cities and towns, according to a counterterrorism source in Israel. As a result, the top leader of the Yemen's government on Saturday requested assistance from Western nations, said Jacob Moskowitz, a law enforcement veteran specializing in anti-terrorism and counter-narcotics.

In a statement during the national reconciliation program being held this weekend, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said, "Yemen can no longer bear further crises."

President Hadi warned the United States, Israel, and the European Union nations that the current security crisis could very well assist the al-Qaeda terrorists in their to efforts to seize more territories from the Yemeni people.

"The heads of sedition and the culture of death and destruction have recently appeared in the southeastern province of Hadramout, but the heroes of our armed and security forces nipped the sedition and eliminated the heads of evil before they expand and repeat the scenario that took place in the province of Abyan," Hadi was quoted as saying by the official Saba news agency.

"Our battle today with terrorism is crucial. We must wage it deservedly whatever the sacrifice may be," Hadi said.

Yemen's security forces last week defeated al-Qaeda members near the city of Ghayl Bawazir in Hadramout province. About a dozen fighters were killed from both sides, according to Moskowitz.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama all but announced victory in the fight against al-Qaeda. But then just hours later two gunmen wearing masks and riding motorbikes fired at Col. Ahmed Abdul-Razzak, the director of the military intelligence unit in the Hadramout province. Terrorists from the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) network assassinated Col. Abdul-Razzak on a main road near his home in the coastal town of Mukalla, according to Family Security Matters.

"The USA backs the decisions and all the measures taken by President Hadi to translate the political settlement's steps into concrete action in accordance with the Gulf initiative and the UN resolutions," President Barack Obama's counterterrorism advisor," John Brennan, has said in the past.


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