Ifølge flere medier, så har al-Qaeda i Yemen taget æren for jihadangrebet på det venstresnoede satiremagasin Charlie Hebdo i Paris, hvor brødrene Said og Chérif Kouachi skød 12 personer. Begge faldt senere i kamp med politiet.
I Yemen ligger sunnimuslimske al-Qaeda i blodig krig med en shiamuslimske milits, der kalder sig Houthierne. Ifølge New York Times er situationen dernede ret så speget:
Yemeni officials and Western diplomats say that the Houthis are supported financially by Iran, which Houthi leaders deny. Instead, they frame their relationship with Iran as one of shared antipathy to the United States. “What brings us together with Iran is the American project in the region,” said Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi political bureau.
Both the United States and the Houthis have had to contend with the rising threat from Al Qaeda, blaming each other for policies that have fueled its resurgence. The consequences have become ever more perilous: Al Qaeda has used searing anti-Shiite rhetoric to describe the Houthis, leading to fears that the fighting could devolve into the kind of sectarian bloodletting plaguing Syria and Iraq or spiral into attacks beyond Yemen’s borders.
Diplomats fear that Saudi Arabia, concerned about Iran’s influence, is playing an increasingly destabilizing role by withholding aid to the Yemeni government and financing the Houthis’ rivals.
Det ville blive ret så interessant, hvis USA’s allierede Saudi Arabien virkeligt finansierer trosfællerne i al-Qaeda. Ikke mindst når man betænker, at Iran og Rusland i stigende grad nærmer sig hinanden.