The Washington Post reports:
Thousands of Somali boys and teenagers fleeing war and chaos at home are sailing to Yemen, where officials ... now worry that the arrivals could become the next generation of Al-Qaeda fighters.
"Al-Qaeda fighters" -- read: Islamic jihad fighters. At this point, Al Qaeda is the distracting brand name. The generic threat is Islamic jihad.
Meanwhile, UPI reports:
The Central Intelligence Agency is reported to have recently conducted secret contacts in Yemen with Iraqi Baathist leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's former vice president, in a bid to negotiate a political accord between Sunni insurgents and the Shiite-led Baghdad government. ...
Wait a sec. Wasn't the Iraq "surge" supposed to lead Sunnis and Shiites to national reconciliation?
There was no official confirmation of the Intelligence Online report by Washington or Baghdad. But it coincided with reports that U.S. counter-terrorism agents were working with former Saddam-era Iraqi intelligence officers in Yemen to counter the growing al-Qaida threat there.
And Canada's National Post notes
Dozens of Saudi and Egyptian veterans of al-Qaeda's operations in Afghanistan have been pouring into Yemen, a senior official warned yesterday. ...
U.S. officials have said they are looking at ways to expand military and intelligence co-operation with Yemen, the poorest Arab state, to root out al-Qaeda leadership in the country.
"Al Qaeda," Somalis, CIA, US officials, Saudis, Egyptians, Saddam's Sunnis -- sounds like Old Home Week in Yemen. And say: Isn't that where the underpants bomber got his jihadi training and manual (aka, Koran)? But aren't we now trying to figure out how to "surge" some 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda or the Taliban or the Haqqani Network or some other stupid jihad franchise, bringing US troop levels up to somehere around 100,000?
Are we sending armies to the wrong place?
You bet we are. But we shouldn't be sinking armies -- hundreds of thousands of men and all their necessary stuff -- into any one place. And we shouldn't be nation-building anywhere. It's time to take a national chill pill and re-think our entire anti-jihad strategy. Or, rather, finally conceive of an anti-jihad strategy in the first place. Entrenching our military in the far flung reaches of the Islamic world is a losing tactic against the jihad networks in place not just in Afghaninstan or Pakistan, but everywhere, from Yemen to Your Town, all united by a belief in extending islamic law.