Saudi assault on the Yemen empowering Al Qaeda
By: News Desk
SANAA, Yemen: Saudi assaults on the Yemen have indirectly
helped empower Al Qaeda in ways the group had not enjoyed before, told
in recent NY times report.
It is reported in New York Times by SAEED AL-BATATI and KAREEM FAHIM
that Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen took control of a major airport and an
oil export terminal in the southern part of the country on Thursday,
expanding the resurgent militant group’s reach just two weeks after it
seized the nearby city of Al Mukalla and emptied its bank and prison.
Local officials said that fighters belonging to the group Al Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, took control of the Riyan
Airport and a nearby military base outside Al Mukalla, the
fifth-largest city in Yemen. The group also seized the Dhabah oil
terminal on the Arabian Sea coast, which the group had tried to
capture before, according to Yemeni officials.
Al Qaeda is capitalizing on the expanding multisided war in Yemen and
the collapse of its government to carve out territory for itself. When
its fighters stormed Al Mukalla, the capital of Hadhramaut Province,
they seized government buildings, looted the central bank office and
freed hundreds of inmates from the city penitentiary, including a
senior leader of the group.
Al Qaeda’s adversaries in Yemen are largely in disarray or distracted
by other fighting. Military units have melted away or put up little
resistance as Al Qaeda has advanced. The Houthis, a militia movement
from northern Yemen that is considered Al Qaeda’s most determined foe,
have been preoccupied with battles against rival militias across the
country, and their fighters have been battered by aerial assaults from
the Saudi-led Arab coalition, which is trying to restore the exiled
government to power.
Saudi Arabia has focused on crippling the Houthis, leaving Al Qaeda
all but unopposed around Al Mukalla, though the group was dealt a
setback this week when a top figure and several other members were
killed in an American drone strike.
Still, the Saudi assaults on the Houthis have indirectly helped
empower Al Qaeda in ways the group had not enjoyed before. Its
fighters are now developing relations with Yemeni tribal leaders who
share antipathy for the Houthis and their allies, said Jamal Benomar,
the United Nations diplomat who had unsuccessfully sought to achieve a
political reconciliation in Yemen.
“For the first time, Al Qaeda is building a strategic alliance with
the tribes,” Mr. Benomar, who has requested a reassignment, said in an
interview at The New York Times on Wednesday. “It is a strengthened
and dangerous Al Qaeda. This is what worries everybody.”
In Washington, Pentagon officials acknowledged that the
American-backed Saudi airstrikes have created more space for Al Qaeda
to gain territory.
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