Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Then there's Yemen

If you think Syria is complicated -- a little detail at the end of a depressing New York Times report about the renewed Gulf airstrikes against rebel controlled areas of Yemen:

In an unusual revelation, the [UN] panel noted that Mr. Hadi, the ousted president, had appointed as governor a man identified by the American government as a Qaeda financier. The man, Nayif Salih Salim al-Qaysi, was appointed governor of Baydha Province in December 2015, the panel said.

That means that the US-allied president has appointed as a regional governor a person that the US government thinks is a major operative in the potent terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP was among other things, looking to inspire overseas terrorist attacks before ISIS even existed in its current form. 

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