Al-Qaeda Expanding Its Control Over Yemen, Say Leaders

Almost simultaneously, President Barack Obama told the American people his anti-terrorism strategy is keeping Americans safe, including his NSA surveillance program, while Yemen‘s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi all but raised the white flag on Saturday during a meeting of his government’s civilian and military leaders.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is on the verge of taking control of Yemen’s southern cities and towns, according to a counterterrorism source in Israel. As a result, the top leader of the Yemen’s government on Saturday requested assistance from Western nations, said Jacob Moskowitz, a law enforcement veteran specializing in anti-terrorism and counter-narcotics.

Besides the ongoing al-Qaeda attacks, the Yemeni government faces civil unrest from citizens.

In a statement during the national reconciliation program being held this weekend, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said, “Yemen can no longer bear further crises.”

President Hadi warned the United States, Israel, and the European Union nations that the current security crisis could very well assist the al-Qaeda terrorists in their to efforts to seize more territories from the Yemeni people.

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