Bomb wounds senior military adviser's aide in Yemen

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SANAA (Reuters) - An aide to a senior Yemeni government military adviser and three security guards were wounded when a bomb exploded near his car on Saturday morning, security sources said.

It was not immediately clear who planted the device on a road in the capital Sanaa, then detonated it as Fawaz al-Dhibri's vehicle went past, the sources added. All four were in a stable condition in hospital.

Yemen has been plunged into turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in office. Authorities have since struggled to rein in rival political factions and tribes, southern separatists and Islamist insurgents.

Dhibri is the director of the office of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who broke away from the army during the anti-Saleh protests and said he was siding with the demonstrators.

His First Armored Brigade occasionally clashed with forces loyal to Saleh during the uprising.

The general was taken on as a military adviser by Saleh's replacement, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in 2013.

Restoring stability to Yemen is a global concern. The impoverished country of 25 million people shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and lies close to key shipping lanes.

(Reporting by Mohamemd Ghobari, writing by Sami Aboudi)

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carlmartel wrote:
The last sentence in this article is correct. Yemen sits next door to Saudi Arabia whose southern pipelines and oil fields are within striking distance of Yemen’s northern border. Al Qaeda’s new leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, has stopped trying to blow up shoes and underwear on airliners and has moved al Qaeda within striking distance of the oil and gas infrastructure of north Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Middle East. Pipeline attacks are best because they don’t destroy much oil, but they make impressive fireballs to raise the terror premium and keep oil’s price near $100 per barrel, one of bin Laden’s six goals for his war with the US. Attacks in this area raise prices for oil and gas, raise revenues for Arab oil countries whose citizens donate to al Qaeda and other rebel groups, damage the West’s mechanized economies, damage the West’s mechanized militaries that are developed and paid for by their economies, and let the West pay for both sides in the War on Islamic Extremism. Bombings like the one in this article are multiple wins for al Qaeda.

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