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April 6th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

Al Qaeda expands presence in Yemen amid unstable government

Yemen has become increasingly unstable and violent in recent weeks as the future of President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains uncertain and 40,000 protesters march in the capital city. Tuesday Yemeni protesters and military and pro-government gangs clashed in several areas, with at least six killed and hundreds more injured.

The United States has said it has no intention of stopping its military aid to Yemen, despite the unrest. The aid supports Yemeni counter-terrorism efforts against al Qaeda’s influence in the country, where the group has active operatives.

Today on American Morning, Paul Cruickshank, CNN terrorism analyst and alumni fellow at New York University’s School of Law, explains how al Qaeda is expanding its reach in Yemen while the President is distracted.

Are U.S. authorities worried by what al Qaeda could achieve with a greater stronghold there?

Filed under: Al Qaeda • Middle East • Terrorism • World
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Anon

    @ Markus Trim: the 200-2000 number you cite is a gross understatement. every news outlet (independent or otherwise) and various international organizations cite the number in the tens of thousands

    April 6, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  2. Anon

    Don't be fooled by Saleh. He was never concerned about fighting terrorism. He used American aid to counter internal opposition to his rule other than AQAP. Saleh remaining in Yemen means a strengthening of AQAP, terrorism and extreme. Please stop being naive.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  3. Markus Trim

    Who counted the 40,000 protesters reports range from 200 to 2000

    April 6, 2011 at 8:53 am |