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Security officials claimed several Shabaab operatives have been detained in camps for Somali refugees in the south. Yemen's Endowments Minister claimed Shia Houthis and al Qaeda were operating together to attack the state.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed a soldier in an IED attack in Lauder in the southern province of Abyan; fighting was reported between troops and AQAP after the blast. The UN said security is deteriorating in the north as fighting between government-backed tribes and Houthi rebels continues.
A court delayed the trial of US-born al Qaeda member Sharif Mobely after it could not provide a translator. A Yemeni politician allied with President Saleh claimed that the al Qaeda parcel bomb plot is a US creation designed to pressure the government into allowing the US establish a base on the island of Socotra.
Saudi Prince Turki al Faisal said Yemen is a major security threat to the Saudi state. "Terrorism emerges from Yemen and crosses into the kingdom," Faisal said. Britain said providing military and humanitarian aid to Yemen was its "highest priority."
The military claimed 27 Shia Houthi rebels were killed during fighting in the Manbah district in Sa'ada province. The Secretary General of the Arab League said the West would not intervene in Yemen after the failed parcel bomb plot.
Senior Yemeni tribal leaders said they would not hand over al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki to the government, and denied there was an agreement with the Yemeni government to do so. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed it attacked a natural gas pipeline in Shabwa province.
General Saleh, the commander of the Central Security Forces and Yemen's counterterrorism forces, denied reports that Western intelligence services established a command center in his country. France provided intelligence to Saudi forces during their war with Yemeni Houthi rebels.
Top al Qaeda leaders, including Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a top spokesman who recently left Iran, may have relocated to Yemen. "Some of these leaders however have moved to Yemen and have taken the charges of command and coordination of al Qaeda operations," an intelligence report stated.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters assassinated a colonel at an LNG facility in Shabwa province. Four people were killed in tribal clashes in Abyan province. Thousands of people protested in Dhale over the arrest of a Southern Movement leader.
Al Qaeda fighters attacked a military vehicle as the Yemeni defense minister visited Abyan province. Foreign Minister Kurbi denied the US is carrying out Predator or other air and military strikes in Yemen. The US is pressing Yemen for better access to intelligence and al Qaeda suspects.
Two people were killed in a car bombing in Dalea province. More than 130 employees of the Yemen Airways Company at Sana™a airport are under investigation for connections to the parcel bomb plot. US military officials want to increase military aid to Yemen by $100 million.
The military killed an al Qaeda fighter during a clash in Abyan. A court convicted 16 members of an al Qaeda cell in Hadramout province. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula urged the Awlaki tribe in Shabwa not to cooperate with the government.
A Yemeni court charged US born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki, and his cousin Othman al Awlaki, with "plotting and incitement to murder foreigners." Security forces launched an operation in the provinces of Maarib and Shabwa to find al Qaeda operative Ibrahim al Asiri, who is suspected of manufacturing the parcel bombs.
Obama administration officials are pushing for the CIA to take control of US special operations forces and step up covert operations in Yemen. The Yemeni government downplayed the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorism plot that involved bombs placed on cargo aircraft.