FBI Chief in Yemen, Pledges Help Crushing Rebels

Govt. Says US Drone Killed Local al-Qaeda Leader

FBI director Robert Mueller is in Yemen today, and had a meeting with US-backed ruler Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, during which Mueller pledged full US support for Hadi’s efforts to crush the assorted rebel movements in their country.

Embassy officials said the visit was simply the annual FBI visit to Yemen and not sparked by anything in particular. They said Hadi had also conveyed a “strong commitment” to working with the US on attacks inside Yemeni territory.

The visit came as US drones continued to launch strikes against Ansar al-Sharia targets in the nation’s southwest, with a claim today that one of the strikes killed a top “al-Qaeda leader” in the region, one officials think might have been involved with an attack on French oil assets in the country.

The latest Yemeni offensive has centered on the Abyan Province, which fell to Ansar al-Sharia last June. The nation’s military has several other rivals to target afterwards, however, as last year’s protest movement left many of the nation’s provinces in a state of de facto independence, and strengthened a number of secessionist movements across the north and south of the country.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.