Yemen's president on Thursday admitted a fact that continues to elude U.S. President Barack Obama and his so-called national security team: President Abdu Mansour Hadi conceded that his Arab nation "is in an open war with al-Qaida," according news outlets in the Middle East.
Hadi stated that his nation's military, police and intelligence officials will continue to escalate security operations Islamist threat is eliminated once and for all.
Speaking at a meeting held with upper-echelon officials on Yemen's Supreme Security Committee, Hadi said in his message to Obama and other world leaders that his nation's counterterrorism campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), considered al-Qaida's most prolific and deadly Islamist branch, will in the coming days stretch into Al-Baydha Province and its neighbor province of Marib from the current war campaign in both Abyan and Shabwa provinces.
While Hadi didn't mention Obama by name or his claims of al-Qaida decline or retreat, many American counterterrorism experts, law enforcement officials and military commanders have been critical of the Obama administration's seemingly intentional misinformation about Islamic terrorist groups.
During the meeting, President Hadi praised Yemen's military, police and security forces for their successes against the jihadists in Abyan and Shabwa provinces. He reminded then Islamist terrorism damaged their nation's security and economy, especially the recent sabotage of a an pipeline, as reported in an Examiner news story.
As far as police operation's in Yemen's largest metropolitan area -- its capital, Sanaa -- Hadi claims police commanding officers are dividing the city into quadrants under the supervision of Interior Minister who's in-charge of Yemen's criminal justice system including law enforcement.
Besides suicide bombings, use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), car explosions and shootings, the Yemeni people most endure abductions and kidnappings-for-ransom that are perpetrated by al-Qaida members or copycats, Hadi pointed out.
According to media reports, President Hadi has on more than one occasion said that besides winning a decisive victory over AQAP, Yemen gain a positive reputation within the international community in order to increase business investments necessary to boost an economy relying heavily on oil exports.
"If Yemen wishes to achieve victory it must attempt to battle two fronts: the terrorist network and the government's corrupt officials," said former military intelligence operative and U.S. police official James "Fitzy" Fitzgerald. "At times, the Yemeni people and American anti-terrorism advisers can't tell the good guys from the bad guys," he added.