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May 14, 2005

The Kidnapping of Nabil al-Wazer (Updated)

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

This story comes to us from Armies of Liberation, who asks that we have a link fest on this one, gather support for getting the word out on this story, and watch it  unfold over the next few days.

There's an al-Qaeda jihad against the Zaidis in Yemen, and many of the al-Qaeda jihadists are leaders in the Yemeni government and security forces. They've bombed civilians, closed schools, trashed libraries, had mass arrests, prohibited Zaidi sermons, dragged charred bodies through the streets, and more.

Nabil al-Wazer is prominent in the Popular Forces Union, a Zaidi party with a secular basis. He's also related to the party's leader. Just like they bombed the Zaidi region (Saada), now its the turn of the Zaidi party to be attacked. Its part of the jihad against the Yemeni Zaidis (shia). Otherwise the government would return him safely to his family.

Nabil al-Wazer is being held by Houssain Abo Dunya in Hajja since Tuesday. Kidnapped. He's kidnapped. His location is known. Since Tuesday. Not a police in sight. Nothing. 

The kidnapper is asking for approximately $50,000 US dollars.

So the Yemeni government can do mass arrests and arbitrary arrests, but not legitimate arrests. It can target its citizens but not protect them. It can arrest women, and boys, and old men, but not criminals.

One would think that if a citizen is kidnapped, the law enforcement would go recover him. So is the Yemeni government a state, or is it a mafia if they don't perform even the most basic functions like hostage recovery?

Unless they're in on it. Let's all watch and see what happens next.

Related reading - Why Al-qaeda survives in Yemen.


Posted by Hyscience at May 14, 2005 11:51 PM

Thanks so much for helping Nabil. He's released. So thanks so so much. He's back with his family. Jane

Posted by: Jane at May 15, 2005 5:01 PM

I tried to read the story at Armies of Liberation but was unable to access the site without a Flash Player 7. Having just gone through a nasty round with Trojan Magise due to Active X controls, I purged my system of those.

If we as Bloggers are trying to advance honest journalism, a prohibitive portal like that won't help.

Posted by: American Daughter at May 15, 2005 8:29 PM

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