Is Al Qaeda enemy or ally with US?
By Nasser Arrabyee,17/05/2012
Celebrations and cheering and firing to the air filled the southern town of Lawdar since early morning Thursday after the army and loyal tribesmen defeated Al Qaeda fighters and forced them to leave the town and neighboring places, according to local sources in the town.
The remnants of the terrorists could be seen escaping in the direction of the coastal town Shuqrah, 70 km south of Lawdar, said the sources.
" Tens of terrorists in military vehicles and two tanks and one artillery being pulled behind one of the cars, were seen early morning Thursday moving in the direction of Shuqrah," said Mohammed Saleh, one of the tribesmen who fight with the army against Al Qaeda in Lawdar.
"People of Lawdar are very happy to get rid of the supporters of vice," said Mohammed Saleh referring to Al Qaeda terrorists who call themselves supporters of Shariah, or Answar Al Shariah.
Commenting on what is happening now in Abyan, the political analyst, Ahmed Al Sufi,said Al Qaeda is trying to play a role to help the brotherhood to take power.
Al Sufi who was the press secretary of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, said what is happening now in Abyan is one of the fruits of what is called the Arab Spring.
" Is Al Qaeda an enemy to US or a strategic ally used to destroy the Arab counties under the pretext ofArab Spring," Al Sufi wondered in a symposium on Al Qaeda held in Sanaa Wednesday.
Al Sufi was obviously referring to the American support for the brotherhood movement in Yemen and other Arab countries.
He said Al Qaeda focussed on Abyan in particular only to foil and obstruct the implementation of the political transition under the GCC deal and overthrow the new president Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi who is originally from Abyan.
Al Sufi cited the recent statement of the top leader of Al Qaeda Ayman Al Zawahri who called this week upon Yemenis to revolt and rebel against the new president Hadi as they did against the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Al Sufi said that the brotherhood in Yemen, the Islah party, promoted the statement of Al Zawahri as an important decree that must be implemented.
Car bombs or drones, which would win in Yemen?
Earlier this week, Yemeni troops supported with local tribesmen and US drones nearly defeated Al Qaeda in its Taliban-style places in south of the country after about one month of unprecedented military and popular campaign.
The Yemeni flag was raised on Tuesday in Yasof Mount which overlooks the southern town of Lawdar, one of the most important strongholds of Al Qaeda. 6 Al Qaeda operatives, 4 tribesmen and 2 soldiers were killed in the operation which was like the last straw that broke the back of Al Qaeda in Lawdar.
The defeat was recognized by Al Qaeda which said it was a tactic withdrawal after ammunition ran out. At least four of the escaping fighters were arrested in the same day in the neighboring province of Al Baidha according to security sources there.
Such an unprecedented camping against Al Qaeda comes before the Friends of Yemen meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 23rd, 2012. The biggest concern of the Friends of Yemen ( mainly Americans, Europeans, Gulf countries) is the terrorism of Al Qaeda.
Yemen says it needs at least about 10 billion dollars to restart its essential economic and development projects after the one-year unrest. The " Friends" would not pay any money before Al Qaeda is defeated.
The troops are only less than 8 km away from Jaar, the strongest and the oldest Taliban-Style emirates in the southern province of Abyan. Late Tuesday May 15, 2012, air strikes killed at least 12 in an attack on a house where Al Qaeda operatives were staying . Before the air strikes, helicopters dropped leaflets telling civilians to stay away from Al Qaeda.
Local sources however, said only five Al Qaeda operatives were killed in the first air strike, and others were civilians who came after the strikes to rescue Al Qaeda.
" The strike was on the house of Al Mansouri, where Al Qaeda operatives usually meet, and the first strike killed all the five who were in the house," said Mansour, a local resident. " When local people saw the house being destroyed, they went to see and rescue, but another air strike came killing 7 of them."o
More than 100,000 people displaced from Jaar and Zinjubar after the two towns were declared Taliban-Style Islamic Emirates early last year. The majority of them are still staying Aden in very bad humanitarian conditions.
Zinjubar, the capital of Abyan, has been surrounded from all directions.
" We expect to take control over Jaar and Zinjubar over the coming 24 hours, and we will declare Abyan as free province from Al Qaeda," said military sources. " Al Qaeda try to escape from Jaar and Zinjubar in Abyan to Shabwah, and from Lawdar ( of Abyan also) to Al Baidha, but our troops and security agents will follow them wherever they go," said the military source.
US drones and US military and security experts are participating the ongoing campaign. The advisor of Barack Obama for counter-terrorism, John Brennan, paid one day visit earlier this week to Yemen where he met the newly elected President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi who said eradication of Al Qaeda is irreversible.
Suicide bomber with car bomb in Sanaa to retaliate the US drone attacks
The security forces are searching for a suicide bomber who has already entered Sanaa where he intends to blow himself up, said the ministry of interior on Tuesday.
The ministry said in a statement published on its website that the suicide bomber Abdullah Mohammed Jabir Al Shabwani, is now in Sanaa with his car bomb ( Land-cruiser, Jeep, model 2009, without number, but has the emblem of Republic of Yemen).
The would-be suicide bomber Al Shabwani is originally from Abeidah tribe of Mareb province.
Al Shabwani may want to take revenge for the 16 Al Qaeda terrorists who were killed earlier this week in two different attacks on three cars in Mareb by US drones . The majority of those killed were from Mareb especially his tribe Abeidah.
On Saturday May 12, 2012, US drones attacked three cars laden Al Qaeda operatives in two different places in the eastern province of
Six operatives were killed in the first car which was hit in the area of Husoon Al Jalal, in Wadi Abiedah of Mareb. Those who were killed in this strike were identified by the ministry of interior as 1)Mohsen Abdul Rehman Al Yosufi, 2) Saleh Mohammed Jabir Al Shabwani, 3) Abu Mutab Al Yamani,4) Abu Al Laith Al Hudhrami in addition to two other Saudi nationals who were not identified.
In the second drone attack, which happened about one hour later in the area of Muksarah, between Huraib of Mareb and Baihan of Shabwah.
A total of 10 terrorists were killed in the two cars and they were identified by the ministry of interior as 1) Ali Hassan Ali Gharaib Al Shabwani, from Abeidah tribe of Mareb, 2) Hassan Suod Hassan Bin Mueli, from Abeidah tribe,3) Hamid Nasser Al Akra'a, Jedaan tribe of Mareb, 4) Muhsen Saeed Kharasan, Jedaan tribe, 5) Ahmed Saleh Mohammed Al Fakeer, from Murad tribe of Mareb, 6) Mohammed Saleh Bakir Al Fakeer, Murad tribe, 7) Abdullah Ali Mohammed Al Kuti, Abeidah, 8) Aref Aisi Shabwi, from Shabwah,9) Mubarak Saleh Al Nasiri, from Shabwah, 10) Abu Obaidah Al Mesri, from Egypt.