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Yemeni President sees relation between al-Qaeda and extremist leaders of opposition

The presidential mosque crime was one chapter of a filthy game related to the relation between the al-Qaeda organization and extremist leaders of opposition.

Many observers and those who follow the Yemeni case have raised a big question mark over the relation between recent developments on the Yemeni arena - especially the demands made by the Joint Meeting Parties [JMP] and by some figures who have joined its coup-seeking project - and the al-Qaeda organization.

There has been information pointing towards al-Qaeda as being behind the insidious terrorist attack that targeted the president, top state leaders and political and social leaders who oppose this project, which seeks revolt against the democratic method and constitutional legitimacy.

Undoubtedly, a deep examination of the well-established plan of the aggression against the mosque, which took place on June 03, unveils many pieces of evidence and presumptions that bring back to mind the old and new relationship between the leaders who are currently at the forefront of the political scene and who demand "the capture of power" and the al-Qaeda.

This terrorist organization has received supplies of money and weapons as well as facilities in order to secure a foothold in the Yemeni territories. This relationship has been based on intellectual and doctrinal harmony between these leaders and al-Qaeda.

Observers of the situation discover that this well-established plot to get rid of the senior officials, along with other political and social leaders, merely aims to get these leaders out of the way to capture power by violence - an endeavor that will drive the entire country to the pitfalls of civil war. At the same time, this plot proves that there is a well-knit relation among opposition figures with lots of money and influence who have started to use al-Qaeda as a card in their hands for serving their goals and their coup-seeking agendas.

The attack on the mosque was nothing but another stage of the "filthy terrorism" game, to which these figures - masters of violence and extremism - continue to be addicted.. They, from early time, found in al-Qaeda what they were looking for to make achievements and used it as a card of blackmail on domestic, regional, and global levels. Particularly, since the mid-1990s, Western intelligence circles named these specific figures and asked the Yemeni government many times to hand them over after they had discovered that there was a strong relationship between them and the terrorist al-Qaeda organization.

Any observer will notice that since the beginning of the current political crisis in Yemen, these figures have started to incite the al-Qaeda cells to target the positions of the armed forces and security forces in Marib, Shabwa, Abyan, Hadramout, Yafea, Arhab, Nehm and Haymah in order to embarrass and confuse the Yemeni government.

They want the government to be seen as the weaker side while it faces up to their coup-seeking project. At the same time, the JMP was luring the youth into the suicide protests, exploiting their souls and blood to make media gains.

These terrorist operations kept on rising following an ascending scenario; it began with supplying these terrorist cells with money, weapons, and equipment to seize Jawf governorate and occupy some districts in Abyan governorate and eventually its capital Zinjibar. Then come plans to seize military equipment in some camps in Jawf and Abyan, and finally the major attack on the mosque of the presidential palace, which targeted prominent state figures.

There is a similarity between this attack and the terrorist attack on US Destroyer "USS Cole" off the coast of Aden in 2000, regarding the information that al-Qaeda would not be able to receive unless given by persons from within the state who had access to precise information. Also, this attack resembles several other terrorist operations that targeted national and foreign interests, in which these opposition figures, in a way or another, had connections or goals.

There is no doubt that the enormity of this failed terrorist coup-seeking plot of the mosque incident has unveiled all these terrorist cards, which the opposition figures have been using against Yemen and against the world for long decades.

Meanwhile, it has established a new reality on the Yemeni arena, which necessitates that all powers, whether in Yemen or abroad, should address this situation and take this new reality into consideration when dealing with the current political crisis, invented by the partners of terrorism.

Furthermore, this terrorist incident raises a legitimate question: Were the state leaders, along with other victims of the mosque attack, the only persons targeted by the terrorist elements? Perhaps, the answer will be that these were not the only targets. All of the men, leaders, wise persons, scholars, and social figures of the state, along with all those who support constitutional legitimacy, topped the list of those targeted by those terrorist individuals.

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