Yemen claims AQ plot foiled as US drones kill 6

posted at 8:01 am on August 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yemen claimed success in foiling an al-Qaeda plot overnight, one apparently separate from the terrorist group’s pending attack on American assets that has 19 embassies shuttered. (Recall that the plot that has the US and UK worried specifically involved attacks against Western interests, unless that intel was misread.) Security forces in the Arabian nation have disrupted a plan to target the oil industry and seize control of several small towns, but they’re not sharing any of the details:

Yemen’s foreign minister confirmed to CBSNews.com on Wednesday that his nation’s security forces had disrupted an al Qaeda plot targeting his country’s oil infrastructure and cities.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abu-Bakr Al-Qirbi confirmed information given to the BBC by a Yemeni government spokesman earlier Wednesday.

The BBC quoted spokesman Rajeh Badi as saying the elaborate plot involved blowing up pipelines and attempting to seize key parts of cities vital to the impoverished Arab nation’s oil trade.

“There were attempts to control key cities in Yemen like Mukala and Bawzeer,” Badi told the British broadcaster. “This would be coordinated with attacks by al Qaeda members on the gas facilities in Shebwa city and the blowing up of the gas pipe in Belhaf city.”

The BBC’s report did not include information on how the Yemeni security services had disrupted the alleged plot, or whether they were helped in any operations by U.S. forces.

Al-Qirbi told CBSNews.com he was unable to provide further information on how the operation to disrupt the plot, and he also could not say whether Yemen’s security forces had received any assistance from the United States or any other country.

If AQ planned on executing both plots at the same time, then it’s not much wonder that they staged the eleven jailbreaks over the past four weeks before putting either in motion.  This plot alone would explain why the jailbreaks had to come first.  It takes a lot of boots on the ground to control a town, let alone multiple cities with strategic value, and systematically attack the oil-industry infrastructure in Yemen.  Without the hundreds of extra fighters in the mix — perhaps just to fill in elsewhere while AQAP recalled other fighters from Iraq and Libya for this plot — such an ambitious offensive couldn’t even get off the ground.

Of course, that also reminds us that this isn’t an “affiliate” effort.  That kind of coordination either had to come from above AQAP — assuming the Yemenis are telling the truth about the scope of the plot — or AQAP is the new “core” of AQ.  Either way, the jailbreaks alone show just how dangerous AQ has grown in the last couple of years.

The US has been busy in Yemen, too.  A series of drone strikes in the last 24 hours has killed at least six more suspected AQ operatives, targeting and destroying two vehicles in which they had been riding:

A US drone has killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen, officials have said. …

It was the fifth strike in less than two weeks.Local officials in the province of Shabwa said the drone fired at least six missiles at two vehicles in a remote area 70km north of the provincial capital, Ataq.

Both vehicles were destroyed.

Residents who rushed to the scene said they found only charred bodies.

At least 20 suspected militants have been killed since 28 July, when a drone strike killed at least four members of Ansar al-Sharia.

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too.  We might want to know just what their capabilities truly are, since it appears that they have the ability to conduct not one but two major operations simultaneously.


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How convenient.

So Ed. How much of this do you think is true?

gh on August 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Al-Queda plot foiled/on the run, Bin Laden dead, Detroit saved, and FBI perfect record. Things really are going swimmingly.

trs on August 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too. We might want to know just what their capabilities truly are, since it appears that they have the ability to conduct not one but two major operations simultaneously.

Whoa…
What a concept..

But we have the smartest person of all time as CinC…

What we might learn may go against what The One knows..

Electrongod on August 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Security forces in the Arabian nation have disrupted a plan to target the oil industry and seize control of several small towns, but they’re not sharing any of the details:

What a coincidence, I successfully walked on the moon yesterday, but I’m not sharing the details either.

Flange on August 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too. We might want to know just what their capabilities truly are, since it appears that they have the ability to conduct not one but two major operations simultaneously.

That would be pretty messy for an administration that doesn’t “do” captures. Look how long it took for them to even indict somebody ANYBODY for Benghazi.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

We’re not allowed to capture the enemy anymore it seems don’t want to be charged with torture

cmsinaz on August 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

More terrorists created, isn’t that right, libs?

Pretty damn convenient that a plot the feds have known about for months and caused the closure of two dozen embassies is all wrapped up with a quick drone hit and 6 dead, lickety split.

Bishop on August 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Sure is a good thing that the rat-eared coward personally decimated Al Qaeda or things really could have been bad in Yemen. /

Seriously, I note that the rat-eared coward walked back his bluster yesterday when talking to Leno. Now, he only decimated AQ between Pakistan and Afghanistan. So, AQAP is apparently alive and well and not on the run as the bastard claimed as recently as last November. The MSM, of course, is going to get away with the deception.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM

We’re not allowed to capture the enemy anymore it seems don’t want to be charged with torture

cmsinaz on August 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I think that is a large part of the equation. Detaining people at Abu Grahib or Gitmo, well that’s just inhumane. But incinerating suspected AQ operatives with hellfire missiles?- just another day in the Oval Office for Captain Kickass.

I’m surprised he doesn’t demand a Medal of Honor for all the combat time he’s clocked during his administration.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Thank God! The war on terror is finally over… again.

iceman1960 on August 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The propaganda machine is in full spin.

The smartest thing the AQ could do right now is put out a statement exclaiming their bewilderment at the US reaction to a non-event. True or untrue, it wouldn’t matter. They could feign indignance and make Obama look like a feckless fool. (I know, I know.)

BKeyser on August 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too. We might want to know just what their capabilities truly are, since it appears that they have the ability to conduct not one but two major operations simultaneously.

Hahaha! Foolish thought. See, folks know that I, Obama, know everything already, so there is no need to hold anyone for questioning. That would raise questions that I have not been prepared to answer.

And we can’t have that.

Gatsu on August 7, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Yemen, with its dysfunctional regime, is easy to defend.

Boston, on the other hand …..

OldEnglish on August 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Killing is more moral than Gitmo.-Progressive logic.

rob verdi on August 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Al Queda is ON THE PATH TO DEFEAT…..

Long path apparently Mr. President.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy_Z_zA2rZ4

PappyD61 on August 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM

The smartest thing the AQ could do right now is put out a statement exclaiming their bewilderment at the US reaction to a non-event. True or untrue, it wouldn’t matter. They could feign indignance and make Obama look like a feckless fool. (I know, I know.)

BKeyser on August 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

You do realize the terrorists are winning, right? They’ve managed to shut down US embassies in the region with no discernable trigger that would conclude the threat has passed (i.e. it isn’t a big deal if the terrorists have to wait a week or two do actually attack)

So what does Captain Kickass do? Bomb the hell out of Yemen with drones and hyping activity without any regard to effectiveness.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Thank God! The war on terror is finally over… again.

iceman1960 on August 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM

ROFL

The war will constantly be ending as long as there are problems that Dog Eater needs to get swept under the prayer rug.

Bishop on August 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Boston, on the other hand …..

OldEnglish on August 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM

What’s Boston have to do with anything? That was a couple of college kids and a prank that got out of hand. Fort Hood was nothing more than a disgruntled worker who needed anger management training. The Times Square attempt was a careless parker. The Little Rock shooting was a drive by incident, probably over drugs. That guy was tackled on a plane merely for attempting to smoke in flight…….

You haters keep trying to make things into terrorist attacks because you hate it that a black man is in the White House! And now you aren’t even giving him credit for bringing the fight to AQAP.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

The war will constantly be ending as long as there are problems that Dog Eater needs to get swept under the prayer rug.

Bishop on August 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM

I’m waiting for the “Mission Accomplished” sign.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

The war will constantly be ending as long as there are problems that Dog Eater needs to get swept under the prayer rug.

Bishop on August 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Well-played.

Given what will happen when Teh SCOAMT runs out of problems, I hope he never does.

Steve Eggleston on August 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Security forces in the Arabian nation have disrupted a plan to target the oil industry and seize control of several small towns, but they’re not sharing any of the details

Must be staying at a Holiday Inn..

hillsoftx on August 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

We’re not allowed to capture the enemy anymore it seems don’t want to be charged with torture

cmsinaz on August 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

They won’t answer questions, we can’t use high anxiety interrogation techniques and having captured terrorists around is so inconvenient politically….

dogsoldier on August 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Thank you for setting me straight. I don’t know what’s got into me, lately. Must drink more koolaid.

OldEnglish on August 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Tail Wags Dog.

IRS.
Benghazi.
Fast and Furious.
Jobs.
Economy.
War on Women.
Middle East turmoil.
War on religion.
War on our own military.
Furloughs.
Food Stamps.
Fannie/Freddie Fail.
Vacations.
Booooooooooooooooooooossssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Nothing to see here.

Move along.

Sleep.

Sleep.

Sleep.

RealMc on August 7, 2013 at 8:53 AM

They won’t answer questions, we can’t use high anxiety interrogation techniques and having captured terrorists around is so inconvenient politically….

dogsoldier on August 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

What if we set them down in front of a continuous loop of Honey Boo Boo episodes?

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too.

Where they’ll go to Gitmo, get well fed and rested up only to be released and return to the battlefield. Or else held in an Arab prison to be sprung broken out when the time is convenient.

Capture them. Then line ‘em up and shoot them like the rabid dogs they are. (with apologizes to rabid dogs everywhere.)

rbj on August 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

What if we set them down in front of a continuous loop of Honey Boo Boo episodes?

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

They used to do something like that at Gitmo, but the practice was halted.

dogsoldier on August 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Great! Another Phoney Success™. I’m sure we’ll all soon forget about all the Phoney Scandals™

NOMOBO on August 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Obama saved us!! Praise Obama, Lord of the Drones!

The Rogue Tomato on August 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too.

Uh….and then what?

Perhaps a new method of ‘torture’, listening the the speeches of Barack Obama?

GarandFan on August 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I read about this in DeMille’s The Panther.

johncorn on August 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too.

Lol!

Bmore on August 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Perhaps it might be a better idea to capture a few of them, too.

We’ve tried that. They go to GITMO and “create more terrorists” and give the American left apoplectic talking points or they go to MidEast prisons where they soon break out and lead to our shutting down dozens of embassies.

What we really don’t seem to have tried much is to just kill as many of the SOBs as possible without building them any new infrastructure to use against us or hide within.

deepdiver on August 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Yemeni government deploys tanks, troops to guard its airports, oil terminals and foreign embassies after claiming to have foiled al-Qaida plot to seize 2 ports and blow up pipelines – @Reuters

7 mins ago from http://www.chicagotribune.com by editor
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-fg-wn-yemen-al-qaeda-plot-foiled-20130807,0,1879770.story

canopfor on August 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Are they Muslim in Yemen? If they are, they might be fibbing. Muslims tend to fib, especially if there is a chance for “higher pay and better equipment”. Throw in a girls school and Bobs your uncle. Safe as Paki drone targeting info. Does anyone know if this AQ thing has any Muslims in it? Not Islamic Muslims, just the hijacking kind.

BL@KBIRD on August 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM

How can an entire region being shut down be generated by a half dozen guys in two cars?

Nothing is that simple.

AQ is like McDonalds. There are self-contained franchises in an overarching concept.

This is stagecraft.

archer52 on August 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM