Monday, April 03, 2006

Only in Yemen

Here are two articles that I've enjoyed lately, and that really makes one shake his/her head and say "Only in Yemen."

The first in an interview Sheikh Abd al-Majid al-Zindani did on 12 March with al-Quds al-Arabi (here is a link, it appears the archive is working again). My favorite part comes when al-Zindani is explaining a meeting between President Salih and US Ambassador Thomas Krajeski: "And the Ambassador said: And the crime that Sheikh al-Mu'yyad carried out was supporting Hamas. And the President answered: We all support Hamas, the Arab people the Islamic people (I really don't know why he didn't say Muslims - must be something to do with rhymes) the Arab governments, the Arab countries, and now Hamas is working with the EU and is working with Russia, and maybe in the future America will work with it."

Beauty, pure beauty.

The other piece is from al-Sharq al-Awsat from a few days ago (in Arabic - but click to see the picture of Khalid Abd al-Nabi, the leader of the Aden-Abyan Army. The article is actually fairly informative, although it is not written by al-Sharq al-Awsat's regular Yemeni correspondent, Hussein Jarbani. Still, it lets on that US investigators are present during security operations aimed at jihadi groups operating in Yemen. Al-Nabi also denies links between the Aden-Abyan Army and Muhsin al-Ahmar, the commander of the 1st Armored division, and al-Sharq al-Awsat says he is close to Salih, which is true in a sense (they are related) but not in the political trustworthy sense that the article seems to imply. Nevertheless a very good (and important story) that al-Quds al-Arabi and al-Hayat have missed so far.


At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:15 PM, Blogger al-Zabaniya said...

Thanks for that. I, too, think the name is a good choice.


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