Friday, 16 August 2013
Nasser Arrabyee, 16/08/2013
The Yemen Al Qaeda second man might have been killed in one of the 13 recent drone attacks on Yemen where more than 40 Al Qaeda suspects killed over 10 days.
The Saudi national Ibrahim Al Rubaish, deputy head of AQAP, was the second target of those attacks that happened on July 30th, 2013 in Nakabah area, district of Sayeed district of southern province of Shabwah.
Earlier this month, and amid the media frenzy about big imminent terror attacks, the Yemeni government published names of 25 men labeled as terrorists behind the security and military assassinations and those terror threats.
The top of that list was the Saudi Ibrahim Al Rubaish who replaced the slain Saudi Saeed Shihri as deputy of AQAP, though not yet officially announced as deputy. If death of Al Rubaish is confirmed, this would be a significant success for these recent drone attacks.
" I am not excluding the death of Ibrahim Al Rubaish in Nakabah drone strike, but we have to wait for statements from Al Qaeda," said Qaeda expert, Yemen researcher Abdul Razak Al Jamal who had access into inner circles and interviewed many leaders of Al Qaeda.
Security sources said that 3 of the 25 were arrested this week in neighborhood of Sunainah, western part of the capital Sanaa where young people calling themselves Shabab Mujahid, or Jihadist youth. There are at least 2 more similar neighborhoods in Sanaa city: Musaik and Sawan known to many locals as neighborhoods of Jihadists activities.
Yemen President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi met US ambassador to Sanaa Gerald Feiestein on Tuesday August 13th, the first day after Eid AlFetr holidays.
Although US embassy was still closed due to alleged terror threats, the meeting between Hadi and Feierstien gave impression that the two governments felt they overreacted the threats to the extent that they helped Al Qaeda in a way or another. The embassy would remain closed even after such a meeting, according to diplomatic sources.
The meeting was to discuss the terror threats and alerts that led to closures of embassies and evacuation of staff from Sanaa, according to the official news agency.
The minister of defense, Mohammed Nasser Ahmed shortly after the meeting of Hadi and Feierstien played down the terror threats as " limited" saying that security forces deal with them wisely capably.
Security sources, however, said that authorities are taking serious specific threats released this week by Qaeda top leader Nasser Al Wuhayshi to storm prisons and let his men go.
The sources said that about 60 Qaeda prisoners were transferred from the intelligence maximum security prisons in Sanaa and Aden to secret places in the country as precautionary measures after such threats.
''We ask God to make us a cause for unlocking your incarceration and relieving your agony,'' said Al Wuhayshi in a statement published Monday by Qaeda-linked website that was described by experts as reliable. The words of this sentence indicate that suicide bombing can be used for breaking the jails where Al Qaeda prisoners have been languishing for a long time.
The expert Al Jamal said the statement was important to say "We are still here" to raise morale of remaining fighters and give hope for prisoners and sympathizes.
Also he belittled the terror threats came from the two governments of Yemen and US.
" The US and Yemen governments were very skillful in creating justifications for these drone attacks this time, only to reduce the reactions of the people," said Al Jamal.
He said " The new thing this time is that the Americans with Yemeni cooperation recorded many targets and they wanted to strike them all at once , but before the strikes they were concerned about angry reactions," He said.
Al Jamal criticized the simi-ruling Muslim brotherhood and wondered why they kept silent after all these interventions and violation of sovereignty.
"They were talking day and night about violation of sovereignty now they are not, if they keep silent over drone attacks, they would be silent also over any direct American occupation," said Al Jamal.
The recent drone attacks caused a lot of anger and resentment especially after a lot of Yemenis saw with their eyes drones flying over their capital Sanaa during Eid holidays.
Many activists of twitter and Facebook made a lot critical comments and jokes about President Hadi's last visit to White House. Drones started while Hadi was still paying thar official visit to US late last July.
The drone attack of August 7th killed three brothers in Damashekah Abeidah Mareb, and the ministry of interior labeled them as terrorists and identified them as :1- Abdullah Kayed Salem Afra, 2-Al Hassan Kayed Salem Afraj 3-Al Hussein Kayed Salem Aftaj, From Raghan, Dahm tribe, Mareb east of the country.
My local sources said the older brother, Abdullah is known to everyone as Qaeda member, he started by making money from Anwar Al Awlaki in return for easing his movements between Mareb, Al Jawf and Shabwah.
Local sources are not sure about the two younger brothers.
However, another source from Mareb ( closer to the youth meaning Qaeda) told me that all the three brothers were with the "youth" meaning Al Qaeda.
For strike of August 6th, in Markha area of Shabwah, the locals found only their man from the neighboring village of Naseen tribe, Sarhan Abdullah Ali Al Dhumluki.
His family and tribe came immediately after the strike and found him only. Family and relatives buried Sarhan immediately. One of those who attended the funeral said Sarhan was known as Qaeda local leader.
Qaeda men came before local residents and took 4 dead bodies, according to the locals.
However, in the strike of August 1, Al Qaeda came after the strike and took all victims including a local young man who was given only a ride by Al Qaeda men who were driving nearby his village At Wadi Ser between Sayoun and Kutn. All the men were Saudis according to locals.
Locals identified them as Makdad Al Sayeri and two of his brothers.
The local man, killed was from a known family called Ishak.
Local residents from Al Kutn told me that another Qaeda car came and took all dead bodies including the local man, who had nothing to do with Al Qaeda. Until now the family of Ishak is looking for their son in his 20s not a child as reported by some media.
" Although we need another way to fight Qaeda other than the drones, but we are not angry at all, we do not know those people, they are Saudis and wanted by their government and they are doing problems to us by staying here," said Aref..
"For our son who was killed with them, that was his fate to be with them at that time," said Aref over phone from Al Kutn.
مرسلة بواسطة Nasser Arrabyee في 09:50
By Nasser Arrabyee, 16/08/2013
Yemen is witnessing an unprecedented war from the sky. More than 40 Al Qaeda suspects were killed over 10 days by 13 US drone attacks mostly on moving targets in different places of the country.
With this fact in mind, and with some observers saying Al Qaeda is getting weaker and weaker, the top leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen Nasser Al Wuhayshi threatened after all those drone attacks that he would raid on maximum security prisons of intelligence to get out his "brothers" to let them fight with him.
The unprecedented drone attacks on Yemen came after allegations based on intelligence leaks from both US and Yemen that Al Wuhayshi had been ordered by his boss Eyman Zawaheri to implement big terror operations on Western embassies and gas and oil facilities of Yemen.
In a statement attributed to Al Wuhayshi and published in Al Qaeda-linked websites on Monday August 12, 2013, Yemen Al Qaeda top leader said,''We ask God to make us a cause for unlocking your incarceration and relieving your agony."
''Your brothers are pounding the walls of injustice and the thrones of oppression. These walls and thrones are coming down every day and victory is but one step. Victory is one hour of perseverance,'' said Al Wuhayshi who himself broke the Yemen maximum security intelligence prison of Sanaa in February 2006 along with 22 inmates.
20 of them were killed or re-arrested later except for Al Wuhayshi and two low-profile other men.
The Yemeni expert on Al Qaeda affairs, Abdul Razak Al Jamal commented on Monday to the Ahram Weekly that the statement aimed to raise the morale of Al Qaeda fighters and sympathizes after the painful repeated drone attacks.
"Al Wuhayshi wanted to say to his enemies: we are still here steadfast, and at the same time raise morale of his remaining fighters and also giving hope to prisoners," said Al Jamal who met many of Al Qaeda leaders.
The recent drone attacks, between July 28th, and August 10th, 2013, came during and after a White House meeting between Yemen President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and President Barack Obama for discussing Yemen Al Qaeda threats.
These attacks caused a lot of public anger especially the fact that the drones continued flying over the capital Sanaa for two days day and night for the first time during Eid Al Fetr.
Despite their announced approval, President Hadi and his government were in a big embarrassing situation especially after US and western embassies closed and evacuated their staff. Violation of sovereignty by drones was the most controversial issue among Yemenis although they know of the government approval and cooperation and coordination.
" The US and Yemen governments were very skillful in creating justifications for these drone attacks this time, only to reduce the reactions of the people," said Al Jamal.
He said "This time, the Americans with Yemeni cooperation recorded many targets and they wanted to strike them all but before the strikes they were concerned about angry reactions," He said.
Al Jamal believes that they made two lies: The American lied about the alleged imminent threats and closures of embassies and evacuation of staff. And the Yemen lied about the oil facilities when they said Al Qaeda was planning to destroy oil facilities.
"The two sides were lying to justify the repeated attacks," Al Jamal said.
His assessment for those killed by those attacks is that most of them were from middle level and at least 8 of the 40 killed were Saudi nationals.
The Saudi national leading member Ibrahim Al Rubaish might have been among them, and if confirmed this would be big loss for Al Qaeda. Al Rubaish is the deputy head of Al Qaeda in Yemen now replacing Saeed Al Shehri who was killed by drones early this this year and his death was confirmed by Qaeda spokesman Al Rubaish only in the middle of last July.
The expert Al Jamal said Al Rubaish might have been killed in the strike of Al Nakaba of Sayid Shabwah on July 30th, 2013.
The last drone strike killed 2 Al Qaeda suspects and seriously injured one after they left their car and escaped walking in an area called Askaria between Yafe'e and Radfan in southern province of Lahj on August 10th.
The drone strike of August 7th, at Damasheka Abeida Mareb east of the county, three brothers fighting with Al Qaeda were killed by drones and they are identified by ministry of interior as the terrorists, Abdullah Kayed Salem Afraj, Al Hassan Kayed Salem Afraj, Al Hussein Kayed Salem Aftaj,
From Raghan, Dahm tribe, Mareb.
Ahram Weekly local sources said the older brother Abdullah is known to everyone as Qaeda member, he started by making money from the slain Anwar Al Awlaki in return for easing his movements between Mareb, Al Jawf and Shabwah. Awlaki was killed by US drones on September 30, 2011.
مرسلة بواسطة Nasser Arrabyee في 09:49
Friday, 2 August 2013
Obama praises Yemeni leader, makes no mention of Guantanamo
Source: Reuters, 02/08/2013
White House- President Barack Obama praised Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi for his work combating terrorism but made no mention of efforts to repatriate detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison in public remarks at the White House on Thursday.
Hadi met Obama in the Oval Office a day after he tried to persuade U.S. senators to send home dozens of Yemeni detainees held at the controversial U.S. facility in Cuba.
The Obama administration said last week it planned to repatriate two Guantanamo inmates to Algeria, resuming the transfer of detainees for the first time in nearly a year and raising expectations that the United States was moving closer to shuttering the prison, which Obama has promised to do.
Yemen's support is critical to closing Guantanamo because 56 of the 86 detainees who have been cleared for transfer or release are from the impoverished country on the Arabian Peninsula.
Al Qaeda's regional wing is active in Yemen, causing concern for U.S. officials, who fear that released prisoners would eventually join up with Islamist militants.
Obama promised in May to end a ban on transferring Yemenis back home, but the Republican-controlled House of Representatives recently voted twice to block the transfer of detainees to Yemen.
During remarks before journalists after the meeting, Obama thanked Hadi for his government's cooperation on counterterrorism.
"Because of some of the effective military reforms that President Hadi initiated when he came into this office, what we've seen is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, move back out of territories that it was controlling," Obama said.
"And President Hadi recognizes that these threats are not only transnational in nature, but also cause severe hardship and prevent the kind of prosperity for the people of Yemen themselves," he said.
The United States sees Yemen as a front line in its war on al Qaeda and has used drones there for years to target the group.
Hadi noted that cooperation with Washington on counterterrorism had helped his country.
"As a result of the activities of al Qaeda, Yemen's development basically came to a halt whereby there is no tourism, and the oil companies, the oil-exploring companies had to leave the country as a result of the presence of al Qaeda," he said through a translator.
"So our cooperation against those terrorist elements are actually serving the interests of Yemen," he said.
مرسلة بواسطة Nasser Arrabyee في 04:32
Source: White House press release, 02/08/2013
Joint Statement by the United States and Yemen
In their meeting today at the White House, President Barack Obama and President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen affirmed their desire to broaden and strengthen the U.S.-Yemen relationship. President Obama reiterated the United States’ support for the stability, security, prosperity, and unity of Yemen. He also commended the Yemeni government and people for their commitment to an inclusive democratic transition and the progress they have made thus far. President Hadi thanked President Obama for the United States’ steadfast support to Yemen during this critical moment in its history. He also commended the President’s efforts to advance peace, security, and opportunity in the Middle East. The two Presidents pledged to continue working together to help the Yemeni people realize their aspirations for strengthened governance, security, and the rule of law; protection of universal human rights; and enhanced economic opportunity. Presidents Obama and Hadi reaffirmed their commitment to a strong and enduring counterterrorism and security partnership and agreed to cooperate closely to enable the return of Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have been designated for transfer.
Presidents Obama and Hadi discussed Yemen’s efforts to implement the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and the strong support of the international community for its timely completion. President Hadi recounted Yemen’s progress restructuring the military and undertaking a comprehensive National Dialogue, and affirmed that preparations for a new voter registry, constitutional referendum, and national elections were progressing. President Obama commended the inclusive and representative nature of Yemen’s ongoing National Dialogue and the efforts underway to develop a shared vision for the country’s future. He praised the vital role that women, youth, and civil society are playing in Yemen’s political transition, providing a powerful example to the region.
Economic and Social Development
President Hadi highlighted the importance of social development and economic reform for Yemen’s political transition, as well as the country’s overall stability, security, and prosperity. The two Presidents agreed to continue working together to expand economic opportunities and foster private sector development in Yemen. President Hadi noted his productive discussions with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank regarding how to advance Yemen’s economic reform agenda while protecting Yemen’s most vulnerable, and President Obama expressed U.S. support for these reform efforts. The Presidents urged donors to continue supporting Yemen as it addresses a serious humanitarian crisis and begins fulfilling its commitments to responsible governance and reform. President Hadi thanked President Obama for unprecedented levels of U.S. humanitarian and development assistance.
Security and Counterterrorism
Presidents Obama and Hadi reaffirmed their commitment to a strong counterterrorism partnership, discussing a range of efforts to counter the threat to both countries posed by al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They recognized the extraordinary sacrifices of Yemeni military and security personnel killed in the fight against terrorism. They affirmed the importance of combating terrorism within the framework of the rule of law and of supporting Yemen’s efforts to build capable, effective, and professional security forces.
Guantanamo Bay Detainees
President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He noted his decision to lift the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen, and the two Presidents agreed their governments would work together to facilitate the repatriation of Yemeni detainees who have been designated for transfer. President Hadi affirmed his intention to establish an extremist rehabilitation program to address the problem of violent extremism within Yemen, which could also facilitate the transfer of Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo. Presidents Obama and Hadi agreed to remain in close consultation on this critical matter.
مرسلة بواسطة Nasser Arrabyee في 04:29
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Yemeni eyes on Egypt!
'Conspiracy in Egypt to have new President agent with Israel'
By Nasser Arrabyee,24/07/2013
A global terror-linked Yemen cleric said what's going in Egypt now is a conspiracy against Islam and Egyptian people and its President who "refused" to be an agent for Israel.
In a lengthy statement from his own view on "conspiracies" on Islam of Yemen and Egypt, Sheikh Abdul Majid Al Zandani said the aim of such conspiracies is to cancel Islam and make "partners" for Allah to rule instead of the rule of Allah.
"By the conspiracy in Egypt, they want to impose a President working as an agent with Israel ," said Al Zandani who is accused by US and UN of global terror. He is also accused of sending Jihadists to Egypt.
And on conspiracy against Yemen, Al Zandani said there is an attempt to cancel Islam and make "partners" for Allah in the Yemen 6-month long national dialogue which ends on September 18.
Al Zandani who was not chosen as a member of dialogue for his extreme views, said the dialogue members conspire with the West to separate Islam from the State and make Shariah the main source of legislation not the only one.
Al Zandani, the son, Mohammed, made the statement of his father very clear by mentioning 37 names of dialogue members describing them as the enemies of Islam.
In a conservative country like Yemen where rule of law is almost zero, mentioning names as enemies of Islam may encourage extremists to kill some or all of them to "please" Allah.
The dialogue members suspended work and filed a law suit against Zandani and his son for calling them Kafer ( infidels). They also voted for a draft article in the new constitution criminalizing religious Fatwas calling people Kafer. The team of State Building, 39 out of 44 voted for the article. One voted no and 4 abstained.
Yemenis are arguing over the fall down of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and following everything as if it were a Yemeni issue.
The media, social media and all kinds of forums and public discussions are almost talk about the deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and future of Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.
The Yemeni divisions are almost the same as in Egypt over "revolutionary" or "democratic" legitimacy of the deposed Morsi and whether or not Muslim Brotherhood and all religion-based parties or groups can ever rule Yemen or any other country after their dishonorable failure in Egypt, the origin and the inspirer.
Morsi is my president, Morsi is my president chanted some angry members of Yemen Muslim Brotherhood in a Sanaa demonstration supporting Morsi and blaming Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi for supporting what they called the "military coup" against Morsi.
The climax happened when some Yemeni leading members of Muslim Brotherhood threatened to take to the streets to overthrow President Hadi if he did not withdraw his congratulation to the new Egyptian President Adli Mansour and did not stop supporting the Egyptian army.
Mr Fares Al Saqqaf, one of Hadi's advisors, called on leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood's party, Islah, to stop inciting against President saying the congratulation to the Egyptian new President was a protocol that should take place whether what happened in Egypt was a coup or not.
The Yemeni President Hadi again on Monday July 22nd, 2013, congratulated Egyptian President Adli Mansour on national day ignoring the anger of Islamists.
However, general Ali Muhsen, Hadi's advisor for defense and security, strongly refused deposing of Morsi. The Islamic-oriented general Muhsen seems to have encouraged Muslim Brotherhood against President Hadi in a way similar to that when he encouraged them to overthrow President Saleh in 2011 when he played the role of the protector of revolution against his long standing boss and kinsman Saleh.
On her part, the Yemen Noble prize winner Islamist leading member Tawakul Karman finally yielded to pressure of her party Islah, local name of Muslim Brotherhood. Ms Karman changed her mind about Morsi and his legitimacy. Before he was deposed, she said the people in the street of June 30 was the real legitimacy not election. But, hours later, she apologized for Morsi and her party and everyone supporting Morsi for siding with those against Muslim Brotherhood.
She acknowledged that she fell under "dangerous conspiracy" saying the "real legitimacy" is the election, and Morsi was elected in free and fair elections and must return and continue in power. Now, she is using her social media day and night for supporting return of Morsi and ignoring all those who were behind his dismissal.
A lot of Yemeni activists criticized Ms Karman saying she is trying to please four groups at the same time: The committee of Noble Prize, Americans (Turkey Qatar and Al Jazeera), and number 4 is her group Muslim Brotherhood.
On the other side, 12 Yemeni civil society organizations demanded in a joint statement that one of the main streets in Sanaa be called "Al Sysi" in acknowledgment and appreciation of "efforts" made by the commander of the Egyptian armed forces Abdul Fatah Al Sysi who was capable enough to protect the national security of Egypt from chaos by deposing Morsi and putting him on trial for major treason charges.
In Yemen, arguments and controversy continue now in all levels about whether or not Morsi will return to power after his supporters took to the streets also.
They make a lot of sarcastic comments on the dreams of some "devout" Muslims being promoted by some speakers that Morsi will return by a divine miracle.
Jamal Mujahid, an Egyptian activist based in Sanaa, said "The return of Morsi to power is impossible because there is a new reality now"
"But Morsi and his aides should be released from prison and the Muslim Brotherhood should participate in the coming parliamentary and presidential elections"
The clamor in Yemen is all about whether or not what happened in Egypt will happen in Yemen? Will Yemen Muslim Brotherhood, who became very close to power now, will they fall down also?
The activist Adel Al Kateb, sees that what happened in Egypt must happen in a way or another in Yemen. " Yemen Brotherhood will fall also because they are doing the same thing in Egypt,they exclude all others as evils, and they are extremists in taking decisions because they belief that they are absolutely right always, and because they believe that they are closer to Allah," said Al Kateb.
However, Moneer Al Omari, analyst, said,"The Yemen Muslim Brotherhood will not fall like their counterparts in Egypt, but they will not be able to recruit more and more, and people will not believe them any more as in the past"
Al Omari also said that Saudi Arabia and UAE will not be supporting opponents of Muslim Brotherhood (like leftists and secularists) the same way they do now in Egypt.
The military expert, Wada Tahri, sees that Yemen Muslim Brotherhood will not take power without support from army and tribesmen.
"And if they dominate army and tribesmen and take power, I think they will try to reduce exclusion of others," said Tahri.
A lot of Yemenis from all levels exchanged congratulations via SMS after Moris was deposed on July 3rd, 2013. Many of them also celebrated by firing to air at night especially in the rural areas.
Observers say at least the fall of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will reduce exclusion and discrimination against political opponents in civil and military institutions where Islamists have the upper hand as revolutionaries despite the fact that they form a national unity government with the party of the former regime of Saleh and other secular forces.
"In some ministries like ours, if you want to get promoted or continue in your post, you have to bring a recommendation from a brotherhood-run local mosque that you are devout," said Mohammed Hamdan from ministry of information. " I think these things will disappear after what happened in Egypt," he added.
The spokesman of Yemen Brotherhood party(Islah), Rajeh Badi, said that his party will not be affected by what happened in Egypt but will learn from the lessons and mistakes.
"I think what happened in Egypt will positively affect Islah, the party will make use of all mistakes that happened in the Egyptian experience and then it will do its best to avoid repetition of those mistakes here in Yemen," said Mr Badi.
مرسلة بواسطة Nasser Arrabyee في 05:53
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Mr President,please help me get my life back
By Nasser Arrabyee,
A sister of Yemeni detainee in Guantanamo pleaded with President Barack Obama for releasing her brother promising to keep him peaceful.
Ms Amina Rabeii is the only one now who takes care for her old and sick mother after husband died more than one year ago.
The mother Safia keeps weeping all the time when she finds herself alone in a house that used to be crowded with boys and girls and husband supporting all of them.
Mrs Safia, who suffers from many diseases including diabetes and pressure, is now living alone in a small and unfinished house nearby the Sanaa international airport of Yemen.
Her daughter Amina lives not far away but always extremely busy with her own kids and her job.Amina teaches in a primary school and her salary goes for her mother and her own family.
Amina, in her late 20s, is not only busy with old and sick mother, kids, husband and teaching, but also she seems to be spending a lot of time following up cases of her two brothers who are in prisons only because of their brother Fawaz Rabeii who was killed in October 2006 by security forces as a leading terrorist.
Fawaz along with 22 other terror suspects had escaped from intelligence prison by digging a tunnel in February of the same year 2006.
Her brother Salman is in Guantanamo and brother Abu Bakr is in a maximum security prison in Sanaa for terror charges as well.
"I want at least one of my brothers be released to help my mother and help me, I am very tired," Amina said as she sits patting her mother's head and shoulder in their house last week.
"My father sent my brother Salman to bring Fawaz from Afghanistan and he was detained, and my brother Abu Bakr was put in prison here only because he is the brother of Fawaz," said Amina "Now Fawaz is dead, they killed him, what else they want, why they didn't let his brothers go?"
Abu Bakr is about to finish his 10-year sentence, but she said that one of Yemeni security officials told her that Abu Bakr will not be released even after he finished period.
Although Salman was put within a list of 26 detainees considered to be dangerous and should not be released from Guantanamo,Amina says she has hope that President Obama would cancel such a list and release them all especially her brother who has no time to do anything but to help his mother before she dies.
Amina said her brother Salman, when released,would get married and find a job for supporting himself to please his mother before she dies.
She said he always expressed his repentance and remorse for not being with his father and mother when they needed him.
"Mr President Obama,I would assure you that my brother Salman would not join any armed groups for fighting when he arrived home," said Amina in the appeal to Obama.
"Salman wants only to kiss feet of my mother to have her forgiveness,he wants to help me and my daughters, he always says in his letters he will put us in his eyes and in his heart," said Amina in her letter.
" How would such a nice and repentant man go to violence and be terrorist?," Amina wondered.
"Mr President, my brother Salman was deprived from helping and seeing our sick father until he dies, now I plead with you as a father, to let Salman see his sick mother before she dies," said Amina.
The mother wants to see Salman getting married and having kids before she dies. This is a will from the father Yahya who died out of injuries he developed while being arrested for investigations about his son Fawaz.
"For me, Mr President, I would say I am very tired taking all this responsibility alone,I feel I am lost, I need my brother to help me get my life back," pleadingly Amina concluded her handwriting letter to Obama.
Salman is one of 88 Yemeni detainees out of the total 166 remaining Guantanamo Bay. They spent about 12 years in this prison.
Some detainees have been on hunger strike since early this year to draw the attention of the world to their problem demanding release or fair trials.
And in Ibb province, the 12-year old Aisha has not seen her father Abdul Malik Abdul Wahab who has been languishing in this badly reputed detention since she was born. Aisha said her top wish is only to see and hug her father." I want to be like other girls who have fathers," said Aisha as she sings an emotional song about the moment of her meeting her father for the first time.
And in the old city of Ibb, the old and sick mother of the detainee Saeed Hatem lives alone in the fifth floor of an old-fashioned house. When she was briefed last week by the American lawyer David Remes who represents her son and 14 other Yemenis. She was only saying " When my son is getting back?" Not listening to any other news.
This question is always raised by families but it's always very difficult to answer by lawyers or human right activists.
When she was told that the Congress is still refusing a decree by President Obama to close Guantanamo and send all detainees home including her son Saeed, she said," Don't Congress have kids!?". She thought that Congress was a man.
Then she started to pray to Allah to give the Congress kids and take them to Guantanamo as indefinite prisoners so that he ( The Congress) feel her feelings about her son.
مرسلة بواسطة Nasser Arrabyee في 04:43