By Nasser Arrabyee/ 16/02/2012
The top leader of Al Qaeda in Al Baidah province, Tarek Al Dhahab, was killed early morning Thursday, after election officials had been killed by Al Qaeda operatives, said security sources.
Late Last night, Al Qaeda killed the head the security committee of election and head the supervisory committee of election in Al Baidha province and blockaded the place of elections.
Special forces stormed the place and killed and injured many operatives of Al Qaeda including the leader Tarek Al Dhahab, said the sources.
Al Qaeda refuses the presidential elections to be held on February 21, 2012.
Posters of elections are almost everywhere in Yemen. No elections fever, because there is only one candidate to be elected.
Instead,there seem to be a big determination from Yemeni political players and their outside supporters to make this elections a success despite all challenges of such exceptional elections.
In the posters you can read slogans like " Vote to build new Yemen", "Election is the only way for power-transfer".
New President for new Yemen, you find this written under huge pictures of the only candidate Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.
Pictures of the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh are also put together with some of the huge pictures of Hadi to encourage Saleh's supporters to vote.
Three considerable groups refuse the internationally, regionally and nationally supported presidential elections scheduled on February 21, 2012 in Yemen.
Two of these three groups try to prevent elections by making riots and violence any where they can.
Although the three groups, represent only a small minority, the main political players of Yemenis and their outside supporters are concerned of any violence that may stop and spoil the elections, the essence of the political solution to rescue the country from a civil war.
The three groups that refuse elections are: the Shiite fighters , known as Al Hourhis in the northern province of Saada, and those who demand the separation of the south, known as Hirak in the south of the country that was an independent State before south and north United in 1990.
Al Qaeda is the third group that refuses not only elections,but also every political thing outside their thinking of establishing a Taliban-style Islamic Emirates in the framework of their final dream to establish what they call the Islamic Caliphate.
The top leader of Al Houthi Shiite fighters, Abdul Malik Al Houthi, declared clearly earlier this week, he and his supporters would boycott the elections but he also said he would not prevent people in his areas from voting if they like.
The Hirak, the separatist movement in the south, is not one thing: some leaders declared they would participate in the elections because the new elected President will be from the south and, they say, the problems that made them demand the separation will be solved after the elections.
Another group within Hirak, declared they would boycott the elections.
The least but the most dangerous one within Hirak, is that group that threatened to prevent the elections by force.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, a 28-year old man from this violent group within Hirak, named Amir Othman Al Yari,killed him self early morning when he failed to plant explosives inside the place of the elections committee in Aden city. No one else was injured because hr was alone.
This violent group is refused by the majority of the separatists and it is loyal to the German-based former president of the south, Ali Salem Al Baidh, who is reportedly receiving support from Iran.
For Al Qaeda, it's obvious that elections and solving the political crisis is not in its interest because it expands more and more only in the chaos not in the stability that elections will supposedly bring.
To frighten people from participating in the elections, Al Qaeda beheaded three of its members and hanged and crucified one of them in a public place in a Taliban-Style Al Qaeda-declared Islamic Emirate town in the south, about one week before the elections day.
Two Yemenis were executed by Al Qaeda for charges of spying for American, Saudi and Yemeni intelligence, according to Al Qaeda statements after the executions.
The Taliban-style executions took place in two different towns controlled by Al Qaeda south of Yemen in presence of hundreds of local people and Al Qaeda operatives.
Al Qaeda-declared judge was reading the verdict against the Yemeni Ramzi Mohammed Al Areeki, 30, early morning Sunday February 12,2012, in the same place where American drones killed the 16-year old son of the American-Yemeni slain extremist cleric Anwar Al Awlaki, in Azzan, Shabwa, south of Yemen.
Families of the victims of that drone attack which happened last October,were among the sympathizers and local residents who were chanting " Allahu Akabar, Allahu Akbar" as Al Areeki was being beheaded by the sword, in Mafrak Azzan, in Shabwa.
For the second, the 28-year old Yemeni, Saleh Ahmed Saleh Al Jamily, was executed and crucified close to Khanfar Stadium, Jaar, the southern province of Abyan.
In the two Al Qaeda-held towns,the militants distributed to local residents hundreds of copies of what they called confessions from the two executed Yemenis.
According to that confessions, Al Areeki said that two Saudi intelligence officials had recruited him to spy on Al Qaeda movements and activities in Yemen.
Hussein Bin Saad Al Kahtani, and Ibrahim Sulaiman Al Dailami met him in the Saudi city of Abha and agreed with him to work as a spy in return for money.
Al Areeki was the agent who sent the information about the son of Anwar Al Awlaki, Abdul Rehman, and a number of Al Qaeda operatives, who were in Mafrak Azzan last October before US drone killed them.
And for the second executed in Jaar, Al Jamily, he said in the confessions that the Yemeni intelligence officer Mueed Nasser Abdullah recruited him to collect information about nine Al Qaeda operatives including three prominent leaders who were killed by US drones in Zinjubar Abyan and Mareb.
He gave the information that led to the killing of Ali Bin Saeed Bin Jamil, and Abu Osama Ali Mubarak Feras in Zinjubar late last year.
Jamil from Abida tribe of Marib province, and Feras from Jehm tribe from the same province.
Al Jamily, who is originally from Mareb, also said he was behind the killing of seven other Al Qaeda militants from Mareb over the last few years.
Earlier this month, in Zinjubar, Al Qaeda executed a third man called Abu Eisa Hassan Naji Al Nakeeb, who was the money man for the two executed agents.
Al Qaeda threatened to do the same thing to any one who would give information about them to " the enemies of Allah".
Al Qaeda also declared names of three men who, as they said, still work with the Yemeni and American intelligence.