A Yemen town has been completely overrun by al-Qaeda according to a recent report by Reuters. Zinjibar, a coast town in the country was overrun at a time when the terrorist group was said to be forming a tentative truce in Sanaa, the countries capital.
Some critics of the treaty say the fall of the town was a deliberate concession by president Ali Abdullah Saleh who has hoped to create more fears about the group and to gain support for his peace talks with the group.
As al-Qaeda made a hard push into the area an opposition leader said of the takeover:
“Security withdrew and left the city of Zinjibar to armed Islamic elements that looted government institutions.”
According to one resident:
“About 300 Islamic militants and al-Qaeda men came into Zinjibar and took over everything.”
The move will likely be a great area of discussion for world leaders as the town sits on the Arabian Peninsula, bordering both Saudi Arabia and a vital shipping lane for oil tankers.