Understanding Al-Qaeda in Yemen is alot more difficult than say, understanding Al-Qaeda in Egypt or Lebanon. The simple reason is that its alot easier to get around in these relatively open countries. And due to strong scholarly interest over the years, far more has been written about these countries, thus its fairly easy to get a pretty good grasp of “what’s going on.” Much harder to gain a similar level of comprehension of Yemen, due to its isolation and conservatism and I haven’t seen a lot of great literature on its Jihadist or Al-Qaeda movements. However, in the last week IslamOnline has published two very good pieces. Here’s the first which was published shortly after last week’s Embassy attack. I highly recommend the second (9/27) by Yusuf Al-Dini which looks at conflict and tension between the old generation (those who fought in Afghanistan) and new (those who fought in Iraq) .
Posted on September 28, 2008 by Rob