U.S. Experts: Yemeni President Attack 'Inside Job' Assassination Bid

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The attack that injured Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was an assassination bid, likely an "inside job," using an explosive device, not a mortar or tank round, U.S. experts said Thursday.

STRATFOR, a U.S.-based authority on strategic and tactical intelligence issues, said its assessment was based on an evaluation of photographs taken of the blast site, a mosque inside Saleh's presidential compound in Sanaa.

"On June 7, we were able to obtain some pictures of the outside of the mosque and the inside of the mosque where the attack happened," said STRATFOR vice president of tactical intelligence Scott Stewart.

"And as we've looked at these pictures very closely, it's enabled us to ascertain that it was indeed an improvised explosive device (IED) used in the attack, not some sort of military munitions like a mortar round or a tank-guided missile."

In a video posted on STRATFOR's website (http://tinyurl.com/5wgstoo), Stewart walks viewers through the logic underlying the conclusions.

"If you look at the way the blocks fell off the building, it really appears that they were pushed outward, and not some sort of impact from the outside," he said.

"Of course, also when you look at the window frames that are protruding from these windows you can also see that the force of the blast was coming out, not inward into the building."

Stewart pointed out a small hole in a concrete wall, which STRATFOR experts believe is the place where the device was planted.

"Just look at the pattern of the residue on the wall there, the black soot and even the debris in the room; you can tell that it is radiating from that point on the wall," he said.

STRATFOR said the blast pattern -- things had been shattered or broken rather than thrust aside -- indicated some kind of military-grade explosive, perhaps TNT or Semtex, rather than commercial-grade explosive.

"One other thing to consider is, as we look at the placement of this device, it was done by someone who knew Saleh's routine," Stewart said.

"It was done by someone who knew the compound. Another thing to remember is that there have been hostilities going on now for weeks between Saleh's supporters and his opponents and the protesters," he said.

"Because of this, because of the exchange of fire that has happened and the hostilities, the guard at this presidential palace compound would have been up. This indicates to us that it is likely that this was an inside job."

Saleh was flown to Saudi Arabia for treatment on wounds sustained in the June 3 attack. His exact condition is unclear. He reportedly suffered serious burns, but Yemeni officials insist he is out of intensive care and stable.

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Default-user-icon د. عصمت المنلا (Guest) almost 9 years

بعد الضجّة الكبيرة التي أحدثها شهود عيان يمنيون رأوا طائرة أميركية تقصف مسجد الرئاسة اليمنية في محاولة إغتيال موصوفة ومُؤكدة..من الطبيعي أن تلفق الإستخبارات الأميركية مثل هذا الخبر (العاري عن الصحة) فتزعم ما ينفي عنها إدانة محاولة الإغتيال.. إن الطائرات الحربية الأميركية تقصف منذ أسابيع مواقع حسّاسة في اليمن دون مشاركة حلف الناتو كما في ليبيا، ودون مشاركة العملاء والجواسيس من الإمارات وقطر الذين يشاركون الناتو في قصف ليبيا بشراً وحجراً.. لعل الأميركان والناتو والقطريين والإماراتيين في حاجة لفتوى من السيد يوسف القرضاوي تبيح قتل علي عبد الله صالح..وآسف لأنني لا أستخدم صفة "الشيخ" لهذا القرضاوي المرتزق في ديوان عملاء الموساد في قطر ووكر الخيانة في "جزيرتهم" الفضائية..لأن الشيخ المسلم الحقيقي لايمكن أن يخرج على شرع الله والدين الحنيف فيُسَوّغ لنفسه الإفتاء بقتل النفس التي حرَّم الله.. وقد اتخذ موساد قطر وابوظبي من فتوى القرضاوي ذريعة للإصطفاف مع أعداء أمتنا (الأميركان والناتو) لتقصف طائرات حربية قطرية وإماراتية ليبيا وشعبها.. بل كانت فتوى القرضاوي غطاء شرعيا للأميركان كي يُنفذوا ما جاء ب

Default-user-icon yacoub A. Rahman (Guest) almost 9 years

ولماذا يستساغ للقذافي أن يظل قابضاً على السلطة رغم أنف الشعب ويقتل في شعبه - لماذا لا يتخلى عن السلطة هو وأبناؤه - هل أشتروا ليبيا وأهلها- هل لا يستحق الشعب الليبي أن يختار من يمثله ومن يجكمه - هل حُكم عليهم أن يظل القذافي هو من يحكمهم - ثم أبناؤه - ثم أحفاده - هل أعلن الشعب الليبي عودة الملكية تحت اسم الجمهورية؟ - أتق الله في الشعب الليبي يا د. عصمت إذا كنت من المستفيدين من القذافي فأنصحه بالخروج من البلاد ويترك الشعب الليبي لشأنه
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