Al Qaeda in Yemen, September 1997


I was sent on a six day business visit to Yemen at the behest of my employer, my Father’s engineering business. My job was installing printing machinery that had been sold five months earlier at a trade show in Chicago.

I now know that the 1997 machinery sales were to furnish Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s terrorist cell with a front company, operating inside the Hayel Saeed Anam Group HQ compound in Taiz city, just ten miles from a town called Al Qa’idah with a mujahideen training camp besides it.

This gallery chronicles my six day business trip 20-26 September, my meetings and my visit to the training camp besides Al Qa’idah townon my last day in Yemen.