Yemen: Al Qaeda Has Established New Camps – Report
January 13, 2010 | 1900 GMT
Al Qaeda has established three training camps in Yemen’s Shabwa province, Asharq Al-Awsat reported Jan. 13, citing informed Yemeni sources. The camps are former Aden Abyan Islamic Army camps located in the Jabul Kur mountainside. The source also said al Qaeda is active in the regions of al-Bayda and Marib, and that “the people in the region know the location of these groups.” The source also told Asharq Al-Awsat that recently al Qaeda has “attracted many young people.”
So the video “Little Mujahids” might be playing out in Yemen near Jabul Kur. Of note is the phrase “attracted many young people” which is now the zeitgeist for the “movement” Its also a logical step for the Mujahids to attract youth, or more to the point, to indoctrinate them from day one.
The muj have also been spinning this online jihad with more youth oriented content. Hell, even the recent find in Pakistan of the madrassa with the kids murals depicting 72 virgins post being a shahid is telling. So they have now begun the greater media campaign to get younger recruits.
Tactically these recruits would be to their advantage too. How many TSA folks or security forces will be looking for young children as a shahid? I guess this would be why, among other reasons, that the TSA/DHS also does perform searches on young children in the airport. They might be willing participants in a plot, or just unwitting mules for plastic explosives.
This intelligence report also is a harbinger of things to come. I believe we will be flying more predator and global hawks in the areas to combat these camps before they churn out a new and successful plot. Failing success with negotiating these overflights and missile strikes, I can foresee boots on the ground by the US and NATO troops being needed to root out the AQ of the Peninsula.
Time will tell.
Of course, I hope that the DoD gets this whole unencrypted feed on the predators issue worked out. Otherwise I think the muj will be puting out fake camp sites as diversions and sitting on the cave floor with the $26.00 COTS and their netbook watching the show.
I would also like to see an NSA and DOD presence in the theatre with some SIGINT capabilities. I would assume they are using SAT phones as well as hard lines (when they can get them in populace areas) but for the most part, must be using point to point radio comms. If so, it would be advised to have some listening posts out there…