Al-Qaeda chief, Qasim al-Rimi, says that the terrorist group often fights with the complete help of the US navy.
Al-Rimi, the chief of Al-Qaeda’s department in Yemen, advised the terrorist group’s media arm al-Malahem on Sunday that his forces often combat alongside US- and Saudi-backed militia in opposition to the Yemeni military.
The AQAP is perceived as essentially the most energetic department of the al-Qaeda terrorist group and has been thought of by the Pentagon as essentially the most harmful offshoot of the worldwide terror community. Washington has already supplied a $5million prize for al-Rimi’s seize.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been closely bombarding Yemen as a part of a brutal marketing campaign in opposition to its impoverished southern neighbor in an try and reinstall Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the Houthis, who’re accountable for massive elements of Yemen together with the capital Sana’a.
The militia combating for Hadi, who initially fled the nation to Riyadh, managed to seize Aden in July 2015 with the navy assist of the Saudi regime after it fell to the Houthis in September 2014.
Since then, Hadi, alongside along with his supporters and militiamen, has turned the port metropolis into their base, calling it the nation’s momentary capital, and have gone hand-in-hand with the Saudi battle machine in opposition to his personal individuals. The brutal Saudi aggression has to date claimed the lives of greater than 12,000 Yemenis.
The AQAP has taken benefit of practically two years of the Saudi navy marketing campaign and the ensuing chaos and breakdown of safety in Yemen to tighten its grip on the southern and southeastern elements of the Arab nation.
Washington additionally carries out drone airstrikes in Yemen alongside the Saudi navy aggression in opposition to the impoverished conflict-ridden nation, claiming to be focusing on AQAP terrorists; nonetheless, native sources say civilians have been the primary victims of the assaults.
UN warns about attainable Saudi assault on Yemeni port
The UN’s excessive commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’advert al-Hussein, warned on Monday that the world physique was constantly receiving alarming indicators that the so-called Saudi-led coalition may assault the important thing port metropolis of Hudaydah, inflicting humanitarian struggling and lack of life.
“The UN is concerned about the humanitarian repercussions of such an attack in terms of inflaming the humanitarian crisis even further, let alone our concerns about loss of civilian life were there to be a large-scale attack on the port,” he advised a press convention in Geneva, Switzerland.
Late on March, the UN had additionally stated that it was “extremely concerned” a few potential assault on the western port metropolis. “We as the United Nations are advocating that no military operations should be undertaken in Hudaydah,” stated UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on the time.
The strategic port of Hudaydah, at present beneath the management of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters, is a part of a broad battlefront the place Saudi-backed forces are combating the Yemeni military and its Houthi allies.
The highly effective resistance put up by the Houthi fighters has slowed down a supposedly militarily-superior Saudi Arabia. Observers say Riyadh has not solely failed to succeed in any of its objectives from the battle on Yemen, however has additionally been unable to tug out of the battle in a face-saving method.
This is whereas current experiences say Washington is contemplating a extra assertive position within the battle on Yemen by offering extra help to the Riyadh-led navy alliance by finishing up an offensive in opposition to Hudaydah aimed toward eliminating the Houthi fighters and allied military and well-liked forces.