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-- CIA officials have been hunting al-Qaeda militants in Yemen.
Really over the course of the last year setting up -- program to kill terrorists there like US born radical cleric Anwar Al -- key which they were successful and earlier today so where does this leave our relationship.
Let's take a look at what we know about terror in that country it's been a huge focus for the war on terror.
In the recent years they've got about 250 to 300 people believed to be members of al-Qaeda in Yemen which is also known as -- cap.
It's a -- affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula was formed at roughly in January.
And just last year the US doubled its military aid to Yemen.
Million dollars as part of this whole -- So I'm joined now this morning by ambassador John Bolton former US ambassador to the UN.
Also a Fox News contributor.
Good morning ambassador what -- what do you make of this news today.
Well I think it's obviously a very significant this step forward in the war on -- -- He was a real threat.
And and was instrumental.
In plots that that did bring death to Americans in America major -- side.
Was not a lone wolf that He was once characterized He was emailing with a locking in -- -- In effect gave him the Green light that resulted in the deaths of thirteen Americans.
At the same time.
I think it's important as individual al-Qaeda and figures and other terrorists -- killed that we not read more into it then is there consider.
This analogy if you were ran in this 1920s and somebody said my god.
Vladimir Lenin is dead the Bolsheviks will never recover from this.
He was an intellectual He was operational He was a great communicators He was so inspiring but -- ever heard -- heard of Joseph Stalin.
You know these subordinates have a way of surprising so while.
So while -- -- death this significant I don't I would not read cosmic consequence is into it just yet.
Yeah I am here just saying -- a little bit about Yemen.
Because it's been a hotbed for terrorists and so much of our focus and attention in the war on terror has turned to this part of the world.
Obviously a lot of unrest throughout this whole Arab spring processes -- Is now backing Yemen.
Some say that He was sort of protected by a -- what's your take on that.
Well I think that's unlikely you know we've been telling al-Qaeda and other terrorists in Yemen through -- and drone attacks it's very shortly after 9/11 and in fact.
It was one its allies talking points that He was the only force that could hold Yemen -- -- country that was.
Formed from use unifying two previously very hostile have -- of -- And indeed the civil war in that country continues even as we speak -- al-Qaeda al-Qaeda sympathetic tribes had physical control.
Of part of the country's territory the government is reduced to a much smaller part.
So I think one question going forward is.
Because Al -- He was not apparently much involved in the Internet -- struggling Yamon.
Whether al-Qaeda there can succeed and get control of enough for the country.
Or turn it into conditions of anarchy is pertain in Somalia across the water there.
That -- that they could use Yemen as a base for terrorism going forward it puts I think a lot of pressure on the United States Saudi Arabia and others.
To decide what we're gonna do with all the competing forces in that country.
Yeah when you raise a lot of -- fascinating points about the so what are what should the United States do.
If any -- act to help provide some sort of stability to that country if we can't -- Well I think are our options here is somewhat limited I think as Sally is return is quite significant for months people had been saying.
That the saudis were trying to talk him out of power.
And -- him and his family and when He was wounded in that attempted assassination and had to go to Saudi Arabia for treatment.
Think many people thought that was the easy way out in effect He would never go back and He obviously.
Didn't leave Saudi Arabia without their concurrence so my guess is perhaps the saudis have put more weight on stability in Yemen.
Then then perhaps we're willing to but in light of that the killing of -- -- I think we have to look again.
-- whether -- may not be preferable to anarchy certainly preferable to al-Qaeda.
Big questions for Yemen this morning and thank you so much ambassador Bolton good to see as always -- Thank you -- team.
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