07 May 2012

AQ Surprises Yemeni Military

How bad are the Yemeni military if AQ manages to surprise the garrison and kill 20 Yemeni soldiers?

Al-Qaida militants staged a surprise attack Monday on a Yemeni army base in the south, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 25 just hours after a U.S. drone strike killed a senior figure in the terror network wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
It was not immediately clear if the pre-dawn attack on the military base in the southern Abyan province was in retaliation for the death of Fahd al-Quso, a top al-Qaida leader on the FBI's most wanted list.
The militants managed to reach the base both from the sea and by land, gunning down troops and making away with weapons and other military hardware after the blitz attack, Yemeni military officials said.

Seriously? Combined arms attack? A "blitz" attack? Was AQ really that good? Or are they being pumped up by the Yemenis to cover for their own shortcomings?

By: Brant

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