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Topic - Ahmed Ali
The Obama administration's decision to provide drones and accelerate shipments of U.S. missiles to Iraq to help in the fight against resurgent al Qaeda-linked extremists added a fresh layer of complexity Monday to an already difficult relationship between Washington and the Shiite Muslim-dominated government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
He was an obscure compromise candidate when unexpectedly elected prime minister in 2006. Against all odds, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is still on the job, and holds a worrying level of power in Iraq as he heads into a meeting Friday with President Obama to discuss the still-troubled state of his nation — a decade after the U.S.-led military action that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour said Thursday that elements in the country want to plunge it into turmoil, and the military issued a stern warning against violence a day before large protests are planned by supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Yemen's president, out of the country recuperating from wounds from an attack on his palace, still has a powerful hand on the ground at home: his son. Ahmed Ali Saleh commands Yemen's most highly trained troops, has them deployed in the streets of the capital and seems determined to preserve his father's rule against enormous pressure at home and abroad.
A Bakersfield man has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to working illegally as an agent for the government of Yemen.
Professor Ahmed Ali told the Telegraph that Dr. Abdulla, the son of a prominent physician, was known as an extremist with possible links to the al Qaeda- led insurgency.
"He didn't care about his studies. He only cared about the resistance," Mr. Ali told the British paper. "Many times in the class he interrupted to talk about the mujahideen. I thought he was crazy. But we couldn't do anything in 2003 and 2004 because the resistance was controlling everything, including the university."