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Yemen Islamic Jihad

Definition/Scope: The Yemen Islamic Jihad group first surfaced in Yemen in the early 1990s. They are composed of Yemenis, Egyptians, Algerians, Saudis and other Afghan war veterans who followed Tariq al-Fasdli back to Yemen after the war to help President Ali Abdullah Saleh defeat the socialists of South Yemen in 1994. Al-Fasdli and several other leaders immediately joined the triumphant government, but the new government’s failure to incorporate the hundreds of Islamic Jihad fighters into the Yemeni army left them to pursue their militant Islamist aims. Tariq al-Fasdli reportedly met Osama bin Laden during his years in Afghanistan and Yemen Islamic Jihad is closely affiliated with, and substantially funded by, Al Qaeda. In 2000 the two groups, along with the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, were implicated in the bombing of the USS Cole. As of June 2010 the group appears to be based in Yemen, but is believed to have militant wings in Palestine, Afghanistan, the US and the UK. The group is thought to have training camps in the mountains of Abyan, around 300 miles south of the capital Sanaa. The identity of the group’s top leader is not known. The Yemeni Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that targeted the Central Security building in Say’un city, in Hadramout province in Yemen, killing one policeman and Injuring 17 people. Yemen Islamic Jihad is composed of Yemenis, Egyptians, Algerians, Saudis and other Afghan war veterans who followed Tariq al-Fasdli back to Yemen after the war to help President Ali Abdullah Saleh defeat the socialists of South Yemen in 1994. Al-Fasdli and several other leaders immediately joined the triumphant government, but the new government’s failure to incorporate the hundreds of Islamic Jihad fighters into the Yemeni army left them to pursue their militant Islamist aims. Tariq al-Fasdli reportedly met Osama bin Laden during his years in Afghanistan and Yemen Islamic Jihad is closely affiliated with, and substantially funded by, Al Qaeda. In 2000 the two groups, along with the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, were implicated in the bombing of the USS Cole. As of June 2010 the group appears to be based in Yemen, but is believed to have militant wings in Palestine, Afghanistan, the US and the UK. Their stated goals include the establishment of Sharia law in Yemen, the support of the Palestinian struggle against Israel, an end to western intervention in the Middle East (including the removal of foreign military, commercial, and civilian presences from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the Middle East), and combat against the `enemies’ of Islam, namely, Israel, the United States, and the West in general.



Acronym:

YIJ

Related Terms:

Jihad
World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders


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