Monday Papers: Every Action has a Reaction
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.
Al-Mansurah Prison in Aden, which hosts a number of different prisoners including al-Qaeda suspects, has recently increased security. Al-Mansurah last featured in some al-Qaeda media releases back in 2008 when Hamza al-Qu'ayti started making noise about the prison while at the same time labeling Ghalib Mutahir al-Qamish "Yemen's Ariel Sharon."
The fallout from the recent blacklist of arms dealers continues with one of the arms dealers, Abdullah bin Mu'ayli, who also happens to be an MP for the GPC, and Hadi Muthni set up a checkpoint that led to a gas crisis in Yemen. The two reportedly received help from Hamad bin Jalal, who is a member of the majlis al-shura. Jalal is an 'Abidah shayk from the Al Jalal clan, which is located in and around al-Husun in Marib.
Readers with a deep sense of AQ's history in Yemen will remember Shaykh Hamad's important role in an early attempt to arrest Abu Ali al-Harithi and Muhammad Hamdi al-Ahdal, which ended rather poorly for the Yemeni government back in December 2001. (I deal with this incident more fully in a forthcoming publication.) As always in Yemen, numerous conflicts are grafted on to one another.
This incident - the checkpoint/roadblock - illustrates, at least to me, how Yemen's multiple different crises are playing off of one another and exacerbating one another.
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