Dubai: After some years of relative silence in the region, Al Qaida seems to have resurfaced, taking advantage of political instability in Yemen.
The regrouping of Al Qaida in Yemen comes after it had been targeted in Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Iraq.
"Yemen, from a historical and factual perspective, has been a home to jihadists around the world," Dia Rashwan, an expert in Islamic movements, said.
"In the past couple of years we have witnessed a retreat by Al Qaida in different places," Rashwan told Gulf News. But he said things are changing and it seems as if Al Qaida is resurfacing.
Yemen said its security forces and warplanes had foiled a series of planned suicide bombings by attacking targets, including the Al Qaida training centre, last Thursday.
The air strike was carried out with American military and intelligence assistance, Yemeni officials confirmed.
Al Qaida responded with a rally in southern Yemen announcing that its war was with the United States and not the Yemeni army.
"There is a serious approach from the state to face Al Qaida, its members and to smash them," Yemeni information minister Hassan Al Lawzi told Gulf News. Lawzi termed the cooperation with Washington as "comprehensive and close".
Recent press reports said that Saudi Arabia and the US are worried that Al Qaida is trying to use Yemen as a launch pad for attacks in the kingdom and beyond.
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