The claims that Hani Muhammad Mujahid makes cannot be verified. What he said about his time as a foot soldier for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Waziristan "tracks" with what a former director of counter-terrorism for the CIA knew at the time. But no one can confirm the claim itself. But neither can they ignore it.
So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.
American counter-terrorism officials had higher hopes for Yemen's stability -- until now. Yemen's descent into a gory failed state poses a clear and present danger to Europe, the U.S. and the West.
Although recent efforts made by the Saudi government to raise billions of dollars geared toward the development of Yemen is a welcome sign, there is little assurance that these funds will in fact stabilize the situation and save the country from itself, unless the money is delivered and invested wisely.
Qat-chewing is considered a national pastime in Yemen as more than half of the adult male population and one-fourth of the adult female population consume it regularly.
At first glance, the new president of Yemen doesn't seem too different from his predecessor, having spent the past 17 years of his life answering to the beck and call of Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The recent decision of the US government to admit the embattled President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to the country for medical treatment presents a classic human rights conundrum.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement last week to transfer power to his vice president. It's unlikely, though, that a piece of paper will bring a peaceful transition to this beleaguered Arabian Peninsula state.
What matters most is early participation in shaping the destiny of the Arabs, so as for the Arabs not to fall into a cycle of organized, creative or random chaos.
It might seem a strange time for all this terrorism talk to resurface. Osama bin Laden is dead, and his cohort in Pakistan is beleaguered. But "terrorism" is a flexible term, and Africa is a big place.
The Arab Spring would not have been possible without Al Jazeera.
It's time for the United States to recognize that the future of the Middle East is not in the hands of aging autocrats like Saleh or even traditional elite oppositionists, but in civil society.
I spoke with April Longley Alley, Crisis Group's Senior Arabian Peninsula Analyst, about the latest developments in Yemen and what should happen to ensure that the protest movement yields genuine change.
I spoke with April Longley Alley, Crisis Group Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, about Yemen's political scene and what comes next for the country, with or without Saleh.
The disappearance of drinking water, corruption, terrifying mosque speeches -- these elements have not yet produced the systems failure everyone knows is coming -- but they have certainly ratcheted up the tension.
Brooks concludes that Huntington's "mistakes illustrate useful truths: that all people share certain aspirations and that history is wide open." I know, just from having lived eighty years, that all people do not share certain aspirations.