"Al-Qaeda was essentially a Western-made group and was never created by Yemen, it is alleged by those who seek to propagate this view internationally about Yemen.”
- Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Muhammed al-Mujawar
"Al Qaeda in Yemen? A myth. I haven't seen them. They're mentioned on the news, but I don't trust the news. It's full of liars."
- Mohammed Asari, Yemeni student
“Al Qaeda is not real. They've been created for political reasons. We don't know what's going on or what exists and what doesn't."
- Isa Ahmed, student
"Al Qaeda is an Israeli gang using Islam as a cover. They want to defame Islam through terrorist acts. Yemen has a lot of enemies and they're all looking for gaps to slip through and destroy us. Al Qaeda might also be the work of the secessionists who want to divide Yemen."
- Khaled Farih, student