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Qaeda negotiating with Yemen
Al-Qaeda organization branch in Yemen stipulated some major conditions to end up its military operations against foreign interests in Yemen, including the withdrawal of Yemen from the international coalition of the war on terrorism, stop hunting down for suspected al-Qaeda militants as well releasing their fellow colleagues in jails. It also puts the condition that Yemen should not permit any foreign military forces to come to Yemen and that it should also terminate its military cooperation with the US. Another condition is that the Yemeni government should not in any way extradite any Muslim citizen of any nationality to another country and that Quranic and other religious schools as well as charitable societies should not be put into trouble by the state. It also dictates there must be a control on the institutions of moral and ethical perversion and that foreigners coming into the country should be informed to abide by the laws, morality and traditions of the community.
In other words, Yemen gets to replace Afghanistan as Qaeda heaven...
In a press statement of which Yemen Times got a copy, al-Qaeda said “in a response to the call of President’s Ali Abdullah Saleh to repent and cease all acts against foreign interests, we are ready to accept the offer honestly and fairly.”
In other words, that's their opening position in negotiations. Yemen must have really hurt them lately...
According to the statement, al-Qaeda stipulates for dialogue and negotiation with the government that one hundred persons of clerics, tribal Sheikhs, political and social dignitaries should be witness on such a move and agreement between the two sides. The statement strongly denied information on agreement between some of al-Qaeda militants in jail and the clerics committee set by president to convince prisoners to give up their extremist and fanatic attitudes and views. It described such information circulated by state media as “lies and nonsense talk that aim to tarnish the image of al-Qaeda in Yemen,” pointing out in a cynical manner that political regime in Yemen as trying to shrug off its shoulders, showing itself as victorious in the war on and being able to extend its experience in this regard to foreign countries, resisted the influence and interventions of the Americans in the internal and mainly more sensitive affairs posted by their embassy and ambassador in Sanaa. It clearly said that al-Qaeda has never conducted contacts or dialogues with the committee.
"Nope. Nope. Wudn't us. We ain't bleedin'. Never laid a glove on us..."
The statement said these conditions are directed to the president in person and if the government abides by them and to avoid embroiling the country into the turmoil of turbulence and accordingly more losses and insecurity and instability, there will be an end to targeting foreign interests in the country. It warned against fallback on the part of the government to fulfill the minutes of the agreement or even falsity. In addition, the statement stressed that this move is not at all a signal of setback or fallback to go on the right path but al-Qeada has taken “this strategic decision after deep study and to achieve legal goals represented by the conditions.”
"Nope. Ain't bleedin'... Can I use that tourniquet for a minute?"
At the same time, it praised the stands of the president, describing him as the only Arab and Muslim leader who is not an agent for the West or the East but it reminds him that he should not be misled by his “bad cronies and coward clerics.” The statement has recalled the attacks on the US, highly praising Osama Bin Laden and his fellow guys from many countries including Yemen who faced “the enemy” and were able to put down the US which, according to the statement was planning to do what it is doing now.
"Yeah. Killing 3000 people just gave 'em an excuse..."
In his comment on the statement and conditions, Judge Hamoud al-Hitar, head of the committee conducting dialogues with extremists, said that some of these conditions can not be negotiated at all, mainly those calling for the withdrawal of Yemen from international coalition fighting terrorism and extradition of citizens in accordance with international treaties. He said that nothing has been done with regards to these conditions some of which, according to al-Hitar, are negotiable.
Posted by:Fred Pruitt

#6  This boys must be hurting badly...see we're learning from the terrorists. They want to negotiate? That means they are weak and dying. Excellent.
Posted by: R. McLeod   2003-9-26 2:17:43 AM  

#5  Flush them all into Saudi Arabia. That would be most incovenient for our close frinds the house of Saud.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-9-25 10:32:08 PM  

#4  Dumb. Never take refuge in a place that has a harbor, long unprotected shoreline and a civil service class open to bribery.Us "infidels" have evil creatures called 'Navy Seals' who can come and go and strike when and where they please.

Have these guys noticed the big build up we've been making in djibouti? its right across the way there from Yemen. Isnt Yemen the place we announced to the world that predators dont just watch terrorists, but they shoot at them too?

The only safe place left in the world for these guys is Newark New Jersey.
Posted by: Frank Martin   2003-9-25 10:08:02 PM  

#3  you will all be removed to a remote island somewhere in the Pacific

Hopefully one that's fully submerged at high tide.
Posted by: Robert Crawford   2003-9-25 10:05:31 PM  

#2  Let's offer AQ a deal: You surrender. Totally, unequivocally, and immediately. You cease all hostile actions anywhere in the world. You disarm, totally, and turn your arms over to those selected by the United States. In return, you will all be removed to a remote island somewhere in the Pacific, and you can live your little shiite dreams and practice your little islamic shar'ia, all you want.

Only, you can never leave. Once you get there, no one else can join you that wasn't with you before. You can take with you whatever you can carry, except you cannot have any modern weapons. Spears, blowguns, and bows will be supplied to you. Enjoy, now, ya'heah?
Posted by: Old Patriot   2003-9-25 9:54:29 PM  

#1  And in return what does Yemen get? How about the chance for JDAM hell to rain down on their heads. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Posted by: tu3031   2003-9-25 9:41:22 PM