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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Yemen's chaos is boost to al-Qaida, U.S. officials warn

By Ken Dilanian




With Yemeni forces diverted to protect President Ali Abdullah Saleh's beleaguered regime, U.S. spying and special military operations have suffered. As result, Al Qaeda has had more opportunities to recruit and plot attacks



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The escalating violence in Yemen is hampering critical U.S. counterterrorism operations and has given al-Qaida's most active affiliate increased opportunities for recruitment and plotting, current and former U.S. officials warn.

Yemeni forces trained by the U.S. to help hunt Islamic militants have been diverted to protect the beleaguered regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, making it more difficult to support American spying and special military operations. At the same time, the U.S. has been forced to evacuate nonessential personnel from its embassy in the capital, Sana.

"The trends are strongly negative," Edmund Hull, U.S. ambassador to Yemen from 2001 to 2004, said Thursday. "The government is in chaos and al-Qaida's operating space has expanded."

Yemen is the first nation caught up in this year's series of peaceful and violent uprisings across the Middle East where al-Qaida appears to be gaining from the turmoil, experts said.

The rising chaos in Yemen after nearly four months of mostly peaceful street protests has become a growing worry for Washington. President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, is visiting the region this week to get a handle on what the White House called "the deteriorating situation in Yemen."

Saleh has reneged on deals brokered by regional leaders and U.S. Ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein to secure a peaceful end to the Yemeni president's nearly 33 years in power, a tenure marked by a separatist rebellion in the south, a Shiite Muslim insurgency in the north and the emergence of an al-Qaida faction with global reach.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney again called on Saleh "to begin the process of transferring power immediately. We continue to call on his government to cease and desist from using violence against peaceful protesters. And we remain very concerned about what's happening there."

Reports that al-Qaida fighters have seized cities in recent days are "overblown," U.S. officials said. Militants who have captured the southern port of Zinjibar are more likely local Islamists, said Leslie Campbell, Middle East director for the National Democratic Institute, a nonpartisan U.S. organization that works to support political and civic groups in Yemen.

But in the destitute, desolate land that was the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida doesn't need to hold territory to plan attacks, analysts say.


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"It's the classic safe-haven objective," said Hull, "trying to re-create a situation similar to what they had in Afghanistan."

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist network's Yemeni branch, has emerged since 2008 as the most significant threat with attempts to stage attacks on American soil, overshadowing branches in Pakistan and elsewhere, U.S. intelligence officials have said.

On Christmas Day 2009, for example, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, attempted to detonate explosives in his underwear aboard a Northwest Airlines jet over Detroit. The Yemeni group later said it was responsible for the bungled bombing, describing it as revenge for U.S. support for a Yemeni military offensive against al-Qaida.

The al-Qaida affiliate also claimed responsibility in October after U.S. and allied intelligence services, acting on a tip, helped find mail bombs that were disguised as ink toner cartridges aboard FedEx and UPS cargo planes headed from Yemen to the United States.

Last month, less than a week after Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in Pakistan, U.S. forces in Yemen fired a missile from a drone aircraft that targeted, but failed to kill, one of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's most influential leaders, American-born cleric Anwar Awlaki.

The U.S. government forged its close partnership with Saleh's authoritarian regime after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, chiefly to gain support for counterterrorism operations in a strategically important nation that borders critical waterways and the key oil-producing state of Saudi Arabia.

Over the years, U.S. special operations troops have been deployed to Yemen in growing numbers to train Saleh's security forces and to help hunt al-Qaida militants. The CIA also has built close ties to the country's intelligence service, known as the Political Security Organization, or PSO, officials say.

But according to U.S. Embassy cables recently released by the website WikiLeaks, the PSO has been infiltrated by al-Qaida supporters and sympathizers over the last decade. U.S. officials have also warned that Yemeni security forces have repeatedly orchestrated terrorist attacks within Yemen in order to manipulate domestic and foreign perceptions about Islamist dangers.

In a country riven by tribal rivalries, Saleh's regime has been buffeted by months of protests and high-level defections by army commanders and other senior officials. The last two weeks of violence between government troops and armed tribesmen and other factions represents a sharp expansion of the conflict, and threatens to push the impoverished nation into civil war.

"The state's authority is starting to melt away, and it's those undergoverned spaces that al-Qaida is going to seek out to plot, plan, train and mount operations," said Christopher Boucek, a Yemen expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington.

The unrest hurts U.S. counterterrorism efforts because it limits cooperation from Yemeni government officials, said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University. A U.S. counterterrorism official said those efforts are continuing.

"The fact that the Yemenis are distracted by internal unrest doesn't help," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss sensitive intelligence matters. "But it doesn't mean that joint counterterrorism cooperation with Yemeni authorities has stopped entirely."

About 250 to 300 people are believed to be members of al-Qaida in Yemen, said Barbara Bodine, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen from 1997 to 2001. For religious and tribal reasons, Yemen is not as hospitable an environment for al-Qaida as the Pashtun areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, she said.

Nevertheless, the U.S. has made little headway in finding the group's leaders.

Al-Qaida bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan Asiri, for example, whose fingerprints reportedly were found on the explosive devices used in the Christmas Day 2009 "underwear bomb" and the 2010 parcel bombs, remains at large.

Hull, the former ambassador and author of "High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaeda in Yemen," said al-Qaida may find fertile ground for growth if Yemen slips further into civil warfare.

"I have not seen al-Qaida in Yemen have as a strategy taking and formally controlling specific areas," he said. "Rather, what I would expect is that they would just take advantage of the lack of government presence and authority and chaos and operating space so that they can carry out their objectives against us."

U.S. options for reversing the situation in Yemen are limited, analysts said. A campaign of drone airstrikes, like the covert CIA war against militants in northwestern Pakistan, is not feasible because U.S. intelligence does not have the network of informants needed to pinpoint targets and support the attacks, analysts say.

"What you need to do is get beyond this impasse and get to a post-Saleh era in Yemen," Hull said. "I hope it happens sooner (rather) than later because time is not an ally here. The longer it takes to do that, the more ungoverned space al-Qaida will have occupied."

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