[With the introduction of this new idea/theme ("meme"), that the greatest threat to the US resides in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Saudi royal family moves to number one spot on the American "hit list," edging-out former "America's most wanted," Pakistan, from the seat it has held since 2001. Both states owe their high status to the imaginary "al-Qaeda," which has been nurtured in the bosom of both states, since the evil seed was planted there thirty-odd years ago. The Saudis, just like their clients in Pakistan, should have always known, somewhere in the back of their minds, that the "Islamist" experiment that they were all enthusiastically participating in, would one day bring the full weight of US force upon their own soil, to eradicate the Frankenstein monster of jihadi militancy that a handful of American "advisers" had worked so hard creating. The merger of religious zealotry with highly-skilled military training produced thousands of expertly trained "holy warriors," who served as the recruiting and training "base" of every terrorist group that calls itself "Islamist." Since the American military follows wherever their decoy/constructs, known as "al-Qaeda" raise their ugly heads, then the royal family should have foreseen the day when the US Army would begin combat on the Arabian peninsula, seeking to erase the evidence that American "advisers" had trained the real "al-Qaeda." Saudi Arabia is in deep, deep trouble.]
SANAA: Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed four soldiers from Yemen’s elite Republican Guard in an attack east of the capital Sanaa on Sunday, a local official told AFP.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the soldiers as they passed in a truck near Marib, about 170 kilometres (110 miles) east of Sanaa, the official said.
“The attack was similar to others by Al-Qaeda,” he added.
On February 22, five people, including three soldiers, were killed in a gunfight with Al-Qaeda militants in Marib, the defence ministry said.
In separate attacks in January, suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed 12 soldiers in ambushes on military convoys and an attack on a military checkpoint in the south of the country.
A US State Department official last month described Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
– a fusion of the Yemeni and SAUDI branches of the jihadist network —
as the “most significant” threat to the US homeland.
Washington in December called on Yemen to step up its fight against Al-Qaeda, a year after a botched attempt to blow up a US passenger plane.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been accused of being behind the attempted 2009 Christmas Day attack, allegedly carried out by a young Nigerian who had reportedly studied in Yemen.
In addition to its struggle against Al-Qaeda, Sanaa is also grappling to control mounting protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power since 1978.
At least 19 people have been killed since the protests began on February 16, according to an AFP toll based on reports and witnesses. Human rights group Amnesty International has put the toll at 27.
The demonstrations come amid a regional wave of unrest that has already forced the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt to quit and thrown Libya into civil war.