The whole city was in Yemen is captured by Al-Qaeda
Dozens of militants of Al-Qaeda have captured the town of Radda in southwest Yemen. The terrorists entered the city, located in the province of El-Beida, on Saturday evening. They occupied the ancient fortress and a mosque, without meeting much resistance from the police, Reuters reported, referring to witnesses and police sources.
According to the agency, such a sally means expanding of the influence of Al-Qaeda in the country, where the uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh lasted during about a year. Previously, several settlements in the neighboring province of El-Beida Abyan got under the control of international terrorists.
CIA believes Yemeni Al-Qaeda one of the most dangerous cells in terrorist network. In late September 2011, as a result of U.S. air strike a local leader of Al-Qaeda Anwar al-Awlaki was killed. A few months earlier, al-Awlaki became the "terrorist number one", taking the title of Osama bin Laden, Lenta.ru reported.
Recall, January 2011, the riots broke in Yemen, almost simultaneously with similar performances in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries of North Africa and the Middle East. The protesters demanded the resignation of Saleh, who has been ruling the country for over 30 years. The latter used the police and the army to suppress the riot. A number of units of the Yemeni armed forces took the opposition side and the struggle for power gradually began to take an armed character. July 3, Saleh was badly wounded after shelling the mosque, where he was. The head of state was taken to Saudi Arabia for the treatment, whence he returned only in September.