More problems in the North
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.
While the attention of most continues to be occupied by the south (unintentional, I swear) the fighting over the past couple of days has picked up in the north. One of my favorite all time quotes about Yemen, and there are a number from which to select from is one from 'Abd al-Karim al-Iryani who said in the aftermath of a failed government attempt to arrest Abu 'Ali al-Harithi in December 2001: "What do you have as a shaykh? Some guns, some heavy weaponry, maybe a tank or two. But the government has planes." (That at least is my paraphrase of his quote that appeared in The Washington Post around, if memory serves, mid-December 2001. I don't know what it is about the Washington Post and great quotes on Yemen, but there you have it.)
Well it seems as though shaykhs in Marib aren't the only one with tanks now that the Huthis have reportedly captured one - sure maybe it isn't a working tank, but still.
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