Gunmen open fire outside US embassy in Yemen
No one was hurt. Security forces chased three men who opened fire from a car on a checkpoint outside the US embassy in Sanaa. All three were arrested. Hours before the attack, the embassy received a threat of an attacking coming “in the foreseeable future.”
Al Qaeda was blamed for a double car-bomb attack on the US embassy in Yemen which killed 16 people last September.
This week, two former Guantanamo inmates appeared on an al Qaeda website video to affirm their dedication to jihad shortly after President Barack Obama signed a directive to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba within a year.
One is a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al Shahri or Saeed Shihri, one of al Qaeda’s top leaders in Yemen, who was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2007.
debkafile adds: Against a commitment not to revert to terrorism, Shahri won a big Saudi grant for his “rehabilitation.” He did indeed build a big house and take a wife but on the quiet resumed his affiliation with al Qaeda.
The second man on the video, Abu al-Hareth Muhammed al-Oufi, is an al Qaeda field commander. Another 245 prisoners await their release in the camp. According to the US Defense Department, as many as 61 former Guantanamo Bay detainees, about 11 percent of 520 inmates transferred or released so far, have rejoined al Qaeda’s active ranks.