Monday, April 23, 2012

Yemen: Al-Qaeda Demands Release of Prisoners for Kidnapped Diplomat

The Saudi Embassy and Yemeni officials in Sana'a have been searching Yemen vigorously for a Saudi diplomat who was kidnapped by alleged members of al-Qaeda on March 28, to no avail.

That being said, the al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen is now demanding the release of sixteen incarcerated members of the terror group, comprised of six women and ten men, all of whom are either convicted or facing pending terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia.

COMMENT: The abducted diplomat is reportedly being held captive in a hostile mountainous area between the Aden and Lahj provinces in Yemen.

Aden is the city closest to Yemen's Abyan province, where government forces have been struggling to neutralize al-Qaeda's support by local for a number of years.

The majority of kidnappings in Yemen are generally committed by local tribesmen seeking either the release of incarcerated family member for various crimes or social welfare concessions from the central government, but in the case of the kidnapping of the Saudi diplomat, al-Qaeda has a specific objective and very specific demands.