Thursday, 16 February 2012

 New leader emerges, after Al Qaeda leader Tarek Al Dhahab killed in clashes over elections and ruling

By Nasser Arrabyee/ 16/02/2012

Kaid Al Dhaha, seems to be grooming himself as the new leader of Al Qaeda  after his brother Tarek was killed in clashes with a senior brother over ruling their areas, said a local tribal leader on Thursday.

" Now Kaid is the one who is regrouping Al Qaeda elements after his brother Tarek was killed," said the tribal leader from Kaifa tribe, Zaid Al Reyami. Kaifa tribe is Al Dhahab family tribe in the province of Al Baidha.

A name calling erupted between Tarik Al Dhahab, top leader of Al Qaeda in Radaa, and his brother Hizam, the normal tribal leader in Kaifa tribe. 

The name calling and shouting erupted between the two brothers immediately after two officials of elections and four bodyguards were killed by Tarik militants of Al Qaeda.

" When Sheik Hezam failed to convince his brother Tarik to send away his gunmen from their villages, he killed him and went to his fort," said the tribal leader Al Reyami.

The fight between the two brothers happened about midnight on Wednesday. 

About two hours before that, Al Qaeda operatives of Tarek, killed two senior officials working in the committee of elections in Al Baidha province and four of their bodyguards.

Tarek followers went and surrounded the family's  fort in the village of Al Manaseh ,  where Hezam tried to  hide after he killed his brother Tarek.

The clashes continued until about 10 am Thursday.

 " When Sheik Hezam was killed the clashes quieted down and tribal mediation started to prevent any further fighting," said Al Reyami.

  " now it's quiet but tension is still high, and we'll try to prevent any further bloodshed." 

The government's special forces  surrounded the areas but did not interfere.

The brothers Tarek, Hezam, and Ahmed  Al Dhahab were killed. Two nephews at least, Ahmed Ali and Ali Hezam were also killed in the family fight.

Ahmed Saif, who  is respected cousin, is trying now to prevent ant further killing between the family members.

Kaid and Nabil,  who were fighting with their brothers of Tarek, are now trying to regroup Al Qaeda elements. 

Nabil, is the brother was released by the Yemeni government earlier this year in return for Al Qaeda withdrawing from Radaa.  

The tribal leader Hezam was the guarantor that his brother  Tarek would  send away his gunmen from the areas.  

Tarek did not only break his promise to his brother Hezam and the government but he sent his gunmen to kill the elections officials. 

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.

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.

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