Islamic Jihad of Yemen

The Islamic Jihad of Yemen is an an al Qaeda terrorist affiliate that claimed responsibility for the 2008 American Embassy attack in Yemen.cite news|url=http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/09/17/yemen.blast/index.html|title=Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack|date=2008-09-17|publisher=CNN|accessdate=2008-09-17] The group also threatened future attacks against other embassies, including those of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.cite news|url=http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0918/p07s02-wome.html|title=U.S. Embassy hit in Yemen, raising militancy concerns|last=Bauer|first=Shane|date=2008-09-18|publisher=Christian Science Monitor|accessdate=2008-09-18]

The group released a statement saying, "We will carry out the rest of the series of attacks on the other embassies that were declared previously, until our demands are met by the Yemeni government." [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSREE77062120080918 reuters.com, Yemen arrests 19 after U.S. embassy attack] ] Meanwhile, on September 18, 2008, Yemeni authorities arrested 25 suspects allegedly connected to Al-Qaeda. [http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gPT0H4QNxbnAnToQZo5c3pTkPk7AD9395SBG5] Foreign Minister Abou Bakr al-Qurbi said: "The attack on the U.S. Embassy was retaliation by al-Qaeda for the measures taken by the government to fight the terrorists." United States Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack said that "the multi-phased attack bore all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda." The government received an average of $ 40 million yearly in U.S. economic and military aid since 2000. [ [http://freeinternetpress.com/story.php?sid=18386 freeinternetpress.com, Al-Qaeda Blamed For Attack Against U.S. Embassy In Yemen] ]

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