Yemeni Jihadists to Syria via Turkey
By Nasser Arrabyee, 12/02/2013
This step is expected to provide further ease for thousands of unemployed Yemeni young people being lured to go for Jihad in Syria through Turkey.
The Turkish airline raised its flights from 1 to 4 per week from Aden starting from October 9th , 2013.
More than 5000 young people recruited by Islamist leaders and financed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia were transported from Aden to Istanbul over the last four months, according to security sources in the airport of Aden. Before the Turkish airliner started flights from Aden, Jihadists would go to Egypt where they go to Syria through Sinai and Jordan, the sources said.
The young people, Jihadists, go from Istanbul to Syria to fight with Al Qaeda.
When asked why, the Yemeni government ignores this issue by saying as long as they are more than 18 years old and they are not wanted for security, no one can stop them from going wherever they like.
The semi-ruling party, Islamist party, Islah ( Yemen brotherhood) through its mosque speakers all over the country urge Yemenis day and night to take chance by going for Jihad in Syria. And sometimes, middle level leaders go there to encourage more people to go. Sheikh Mohammed Al Hazmi, MP and mosque speaker from Islamist party has been in Syria for weeks now.
The process of sending "Jihadists" from Yemen to Syria is called now by observers the " Second Edition of Afghan Jihadism", in a clear reference to early 1980s when thousands of Yemenis of naive unemployed young people were being recruited and sent to Afghanistan by almost the same Yemeni war dealers and wheelers and almost the same financiers.
The problem of those Yemenis who came back from Afghanistan early 1990s is still unsolved until today. They are still in on- and- off wars with the government, ad they want to turn Yemen to Taliban-Style Islamic Emirate.
Islamists who call day and night for Jihad in Syria say what they are doing is not a declaration of Jihad as declaration of Jihad is a decision up to President.
" What we say to educate people is that Jihad is a must in Syria now, but there was no declaration of Jihad from the Umma," said Abdul Wahab Al Humaikani, secretary general of Al Rashad party, recently established Salafi party.
Meanwhile, President Hadi set the date of March 18, 2013 as the starting point of the comprehensive national for y all conflicting parties and groups in the country.
The US ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstien said this week in a press conference that Sheikh Abdul Majid Al Zandani must not participate in the dialogue as he is a global terrorist in the US and UN lists.
Earlier Al Zandani, one of the main inspirers of Jihadists to Afghanistan and now to Syria, refused American interference in dialogue, saying " we do not want dialogue that contradicts with Islam".
Al Zandani also refused representation of the Yemeni Jews in the dialogue. The small Yemeni Jewish minority was given five representatives in the coming national dialogue out of 565 persons representing all groups and parties of Yemen. " They gave Jews five, and gave clerics nothing," Said Al Zandani who is one of the influential leaders of the semi-ruling Islamic party ( Islah) and also one of the main founders of Al Rashad Salafi party.