Yemen’s own government says it doesn’t control enough territory to crack down on al-Qaeda bases in the hinterland. That is raising U.S. concerns that the repatriation of as many as 100 Yemeni inmates after the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba will increase the ranks of al-Qaeda.
“Its aim is not only to attack Yemen and Saudi Arabia, but also to hit U.S. and Western targets elsewhere,” said Rohan Gunaratna, head of the Singapore-based International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. “Unless this epicenter is neutralized, there will be a sustained and continuous threat.”
But by closing down Guantanamo we will ensure that the world loves us again so no fear, mate, eh?