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Yemen: A Powder Keg Ready to Explode

Posted on Aug 8, 2009
Mosaic Intelligence Report

Will Yemen become a haven for militants? Is President Obama ignoring the warning signs of unrest in this Middle Eastern hot spot? Link TV’s Jamal Dajani looks into the complex problems brewing in Yemen in this week’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report.”

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By Dar, August 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment
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2020: “all i can say is we are living in the the end of times…just like it said in the holy Quran!”

Nonsense! The Quran says no such thing on the “end of times”, unlike the Bible’s Book of Revelations. It merely states that only God knows when it will come.

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By felicity, August 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Having lived in Yemen a number of years ago, I will venture a guess that like Afghanistan (and for similar reasons) Yemen history, culture and ‘politics’ more naturally fit into something like the UAE model, a loose federation of 7 tribal states, each overseen by a prince/sheik and ruled by a president/king.

It took the Russians 10 years to realize that its ‘mission’ (a socialist state) in Afghanstan could not be accomplished. (Let’s hope it doesn’t take us 10 years.)  Let’s also hope that if we decide to-do-something-about-Yemen, we’ll tackle the task with the full realization that our ‘standard’ strategies/tactics aimed at Americanizing a foreign country will fail in the end.

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By 2020, August 10, 2009 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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all i can say is we are living in the the end of times…just like it said in the holy Quran!

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By Shane McFedan, August 9, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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Dajani hits the nail on the head. Yemen is ripe to become a center for al Qaeda infiltrating from Somalia. Should this happen Saudi Arabia and US interests in the Gulf will be in jeopardy.

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By randyha, August 9, 2009 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

The President of Yemen and most of the top leadership in the Govt are Zaydis a Shi’ite group distinct from the Twelvers of Iran and Ismailis (the Seveners). The Ismailis were once the largest Shi’ite Group - Fatimid Dynasty in Egypt. Iran is Twelver as are Iraqis and Shi’ah in other GCC countries.

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