Al-Fadhli Switches Teams
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
On any given day I miss a number of things about not being in Yemen - qat and friends are high on the list (not necessarily in that order) - but when something big and/or strange happens, I also miss the unending gossip and conspiracy theories that are thrown around in qat chews. So when I first heard that Tariq al-Fadhli was joining the southern movement, my first thought was not: 'there is no earthly way that is possible'. But rather, I wondered what the more suspicious minded would be saying in chews throughout the city.
I still don't think there is much of an answer, and I reserve my own opinion until I have had more time to think, but for those who want an early answer as well as some background I can't recommend a better article than the one by Khalid al-Hammadi one of the best journalists working in Yemen. (I link to the Mareb Press re-print/stealing as al-Quds al-Arabi's website is, in my opinion, horrible.)
Also, I teased al-Shihri's audio tape earlier today, and while I have listened to it a couple of times, I will need to listen to it a few more times before I am ready for a fully analysis - not that Waq al-waq is necessarily the best place for that. Still, for those interested it has been posted to You Tube Part I is here and Part II is here (the whole thing is just over 15 minutes). Do notice the ranking Mulla 'Umar gets.
UPDATE: I can't believe I forgot to mention this when I posted, but clearly my favorite part of Khalid's story is when he uses the quote from al-Fadhli that compares the northern soldiers in 1994 to locusts in the south. I mean, yeah, of course, but who would have ever thought he would be the guy to say it.
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