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Yemen government allowing al Qaeda wins: Officials

Posted by on July 3, 2011 0 Comment

Sanaa: A Yemeni army colonel and a local official are accusing the weak central government of allowing al Qaeda-linked militants to exploit the country’s turmoil and overrun entire swaths of land in the volatile south.

They say the aim is to show the west what Yemen would look like if wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh were to relinquish power as opposition protesters have demanded for months.

Col Mohammed al-Samwali on Saturday accused the Defence Ministry of intentionally hesitating to send reinforcements and supplies to his unit, which is battling al Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia group that seized the Abyan provincial capital, Zinjibar.

Abyan official Abdel-Majed al-Salahi claimed the government plans to let “at least five southern cities fall into the hands of extremists.” Zeenews

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