AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 3-9-98. [Archives:1998/36/Press Review]

September 7 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party – YSP) 
Main Headline:
1- The so-called Aden Islamic Army has declared an all-out war on US interests and property in all parts of Yemen in retribution for the “cowardly” US raids on Sudan and Afghanistan.
2- The 3rd bomb in 20 days went off near the Political Security office in Zanzibar, Abyan. Two passers-by were seriously injured, and a teacher in the next-door school was arrested in connection with the incident.
3- 32 young men join the YSP in Abyan.
4- 4 trade unionists – from the Oil and Petrochemical Workers Union – are arrested and 1,000 workers go on strike demanding higher wages and health insurance.
5- ‘Journalists Without Borders’ condemns the arrest of the journalist Ali Dahmas in Abyan.
6- A special anti-terrorism department will soon be formed in Yemen with US financial and technical assistance.

Article Summary:
The Truth About Terrorism
Yemen has been mentioned many times recently in connection with the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Yemen is considered by Western circles as an important place were terrorists get training and obtain false Yemen passports. The Yemeni authorities are giving unconvincing justifications in this regard.
In a report by the Daily News, misleadingly leaked by certain sources, it was alleged that YSP elements received para-military training at some of Osama Bin Laaden’s camps. It was also implied that these YSP people were also involved in the bombing of the two US embassies.
The truth is exactly the opposite. Bin Laaden’s men have always targeted the YSP, including recently attempting to assassinate the YSP Secretary General, Moqbil. Some members of terrorist groups linked to Bin Laaden are now members of the ruling People’s General Congress.
Under the protection of some very influential people in authority, terrorists are receiving training at the Hatat camp in Abyan, for example.