BEIRUT: Yemen could deteriorate into another Afghanistan, and become a victim of its own policy of harboring Islamic terrorists who have attacked US and Israel. The Arab state is facing an insurgency in the north and an increase in attacks by Al Qaeda’s regional branch.
A separatist movement in southern Yemen has gained political momentum and grown more violent recently. In the past week, There has been a series of demonstrations and armed confrontations that have left at least eight people dead and dozens injured.
The separatist violence is noteworthy because Yemen, a desperately poor country at the southern corner of the Arabian peninsula, is already facing an intermittent insurgency in the north and an increase in attacks by Al Qaeda’s regional branch.
All this has led some American officials to renew warnings that Yemen, which has long served as a haven for jihadists, could deteriorate into another Afghanistan.
Source: Information in an article in the New York Times, edited with a new title and base line by me.