Thursday, November 4, 2010
Yemenis say "the truth is that there is no al-Qaeda"
Yemen’s Drive on Al Qaeda Faces Internal Skepticism
By MONA EL-NAGGAR and ROBERT F. WORTH (NY Times, 11/4/2010)
SANA, Yemen — As Yemen intensifies its military campaign against Al Qaeda’s regional arm, it faces a serious obstacle: most Yemenis consider the group a myth...
“What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda,” said Lutfi Muhammad, a weary-looking unemployed 50-year-old walking through this city’s tumultuous Tahrir Square...
“This latest episode with the packages is only making it worse,” said Mr. Faqih, the Sana University professor. “Many people think it was all about the elections in the U.S., or an excuse for American military intervention here.”
(full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/world/middleeast/04yemen.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 )