Written By: Nasser Arrabyee
Article Date: Sep 19, 2012 - 9:17:21 AM
Yemeni politicians said that the capital Sana’a would fall in the hand of al-Qaeda terrorists after a unit of American marines forces arrived in the city to protect the US embassy that was attacked and destroyed by extremists angry over an American film abusive to Islam.
A unit from the US marines arrived in Yemen to protect the US embassy.
The member of Parliament Nabil Basha said," The American marines forces will only hurt the feelings of the Yemenis, and give more sympathy to Al Qaeda that may take control over Sana’a and turn it an arena of armed conflict." MP Basha is from Saleh's party.
Member of Parliament Mansour al-Zindani called for a boycott of the American goods. al-Zindani is from the Islamist party, Islah.
The independent MP Ali Abdu Rabu al-Qadi called upon President Hadi to deport the marines immediately and tell US to stop the drone attacks.
The Yemeni government said Sunday that the American Marines forces are exceptional case to protect the US embassy, after majority of Yemenis expressed their condemnation and refusal for any American forces in Yemen.
Majority of Yemenis on Facebook and twitter said allowing American forces in Yemen would only increase Al Qaeda terrorists. Very few of Yemenis who said the marines came only to protect the embassy after the government failed completely to protect it from extremists and demagogic forces.
" We would not accept any foreign forces, but the unit in the US embassy is an exceptional case," said the government in a short statement in its media late Sunday. The marines would leave the country as soon as security situation improves, the government statement said.
The Yemeni government said 50 marines soldiers and 20 armored vehicles and not 200 as the media reported.
Al Qaeda and Al Houthi groups and many other extremist groups and individuals, exploited the public outrage from film and marines to promote their hostile views on America and the West in general.
Al Qaeda in Radaa, for instance, on Sunday, September 16, 2012, took to the streets of the town carrying their guns and raising their flags without any fear from authorities.
The security forces did not do anything to them according to local residents. Even more, Al Qaeda kidnapped a vehicle from the security forces and took it to their stronghold in Al Mesnah.
The local resident also said that Al Qaeda exploited also the anger of the local people after the mistake of the US drone earlier this month that killed 11 civilians when it missed Al Qaeda car.
Al Houthi Shiite group was also emboldened to promoted their slogan ( death to America, death to Israel, curse to Jews) by putting more posters than ever before in the capital Sana’a especially after the marines arrived in the city.
A total of 200 armored vehicles of the American marines arrived to the Yemeni capital Sanaa according to the weekly independent newspaper Al Ola. And 250 soldiers of the marines had arrived on Friday and Saturday.
The American government said it had sent forces to protect its embassy in Sana’a.
Meanwhile, more than 400 terrorists from Al Qaeda in Al Mahfad, the current stronghold in a mountainous area between Abyan and Shabwah, are readying to control the town of Baihan, local official said.
The director of Al Mahfad district, Yaslem Al Anboori,said that in a press interview Sunday that Al Qaeda in Al Mahfaf had sent a number of suicide bombers to Aden and Sanaa to target Yemeni and western officials and installations.
Earlier, the Yemeni Parliament called the American forces to leave the country immediately, after about 150 from the American Marines forces arrived to Sana’a after angry demonstrators stormed and destroyed the US embassy in protest over American-Israeli film deemed abusive to Islam and its prophet Mohamed.
"We do not accept any foreign forces in Yemen, be it small or big forces, and for any reason," said a statement by the Parliament on Saturday. The Parliament asked the government to protect all foreign missions in Yemen. The statement condemned the anti-Islam film ( the Innocence of Muslims) and called for putting the film makers on trial.
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula called Muslims to kill more American diplomats saying that the film was only a new chapter of a Crusade war on Islam. " Follow the example of the Libyans, grandsons of Omar Al Mukhtar," said the statement in a clear reference to the killing of American ambassador in Libya last week.
Four people were killed and 48 other injured including 10 soldiers last Thursday when angry protester stormed the US embassy in Sana’a. 61 cars were completely damaged, and 13 were burnt and one was stolen.
One of those killed was buried on Saturday in Sanhan and his father said during the funeral that the America Marines killed his son. This would create additional anti-American sentiment.
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