The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

U.S. of­fi­cials say al Qaeda ter­ror­ists re­cently moved into Ye­men by boat in a ma­jor in­fil­tra­tion op­er­a­tion on the south­ern end of the Ara­bian Penin­sula.

About 150 al Qaeda fight­ers were dropped off at a lo­ca­tion on the coast along Ye­men’s Abyan prov­ince, the of­fi­cials said. The ter­ror­ists were equipped with as­sault weapons, night-vi­sion gog­gles, im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice ma­te­rial and other ex­plo­sives.

The al Qaeda ter­ror­ists ar­rived from Syria, where al Qaeda rebels are gath­er­ing in large num­bers and are re­ceiv­ing arms and equip­ment from Tur­key, Saudi Ara­bia and Per­sian Gulf states. Arms the U.S. is sup­ply­ing to Syr­ian rebels also are likely to end up in ter­ror­ist hands.

Al Qaeda’s Ye­men af­fil­i­ate is es­pe­cially strong in Abyan prov­ince, and the Ye­meni gov­ern­ment has been en­gaged in a coun­terin­sur­gency against the group for the past sev­eral years.

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