Category: Yemen

Weapons stores and a number of Enemy Saudi sites destroyed in Najran, Asir, and Midi

(26 September News)

Units from the army and the Popular Committees today managed to burn down enemy weapons stores, and shelled a number of Saudi sites in Najran, Asir, and Midi, scoring direct hits.

A military source explained to the Yemen News Agency (SABA) that army and Committee units had destroyed Saudi weapon stores east of the government complex in al-Rabuah, in addition to targeting a group of Saudi vehicles and troops in Manfad Alab. They also shelled a new site behind al-Hager military camp and obtained direct hits.

The source noted that military artillery had pounded Riqabat al-Hamr, an al-Sudais site, and sites neighbouring Najran with barrages of rockets and artillery shells. They also remarked that groups of enemy mercenaries in the northern Midi desert were targeted by artillery fire, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.


Translated by Conor Fagan

View original article here.

Ansar al-Sharia statements regarding suicide bombing and IED attack in Sana’a, 10 October 2014

More than fifty apostate Houthis killed and dozens injured in Ansar al-Sharia suicide bombing in Sana’a

More than fifty apostate Houthis were killed and dozens of others were injured after Ansar al-Sharia carried out a suicide bombing on a gathering of apostate Houthis in the Yemeni capital Thursday morning.

Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent in Sana’a province explained that the martyred brother, Abu Mu’awiyah al-Sana’ani – God accept him – detonated a suicide belt among a gathering of Houthis during their preparations to rally in Tahrir Square in the capital Sana’a. His explosion left dozens killed and injured among their ranks, although it is difficult to determine the exact number of casualties.

It is important to note that local and international media outlets reported that the suicide attack led to the death of more than fifty Houthis and injured 150 others, most of them with critical injuries.

Ansar al-Sharia statement regarding suicide bombing in Yemen


Houthi leader targeted with IED planted in his car by Ansar al-Sharia

Ansar al-Sharia targeted apostate Houthi leader Ibrahim al-Mahtouri with an IED, blowing up his car Friday around midday in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent explained that the mujahideen had earlier planted the IED on al-Mahtouri’s vehicle, before exploding the device while he was in the vehicle at 11:30 am in a residential area of the Sa’wan neighbourhood of the capital, Sana’a. Our correspondent indicated that the mujahideen confirmed al-Mahtouri suffered serious injuries from the explosion, but were unable to confirm if he was killed.

It is important to note that Ibrahim al-Mahtouri is the nephew of Murtada bin Zayd al-Mahrouri, a well-known Houthi religious authority.

Ansar al-Sharia statement regarding IED attack in Sana'a


Translated by Kevin Moore.

*Note: Content contained in the above statement is that of Ansar al-Sharia, and is not endorsed by the translator.

Ansar al-Sharia statements regarding recent attacks in al-Bayda, Akhbar Ansar (Yemen), 8 October 2014

Ansar al-Sharia launches broad offensive against military and security centres in al-Bayda – Part One

Ansar al-Sharia launched a broad offensive today (Wednesday) at 1:00 am, targeting several military and security centres in the city of al-Bayda in the al-Bayda province of central Yemen.

A correspondent of “Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia” in al-Bayda explained that the mujahideen attacked the military base of Special Security Forces (formerly Central Security) in the city with a car bomb driven by the martyred brother, Abu Dajana al-Lahji — God have mercy on him; the ocrerspondent indicated that the mujahideen also attacked General Security and rescue police headquarters, a government compound, as well as the al-Zahar and Azza military checkpoints.

In a conversation with him shortly before, the correspondant added that “dozens of army soldiers were killed and injured during the mujahideen’s storming of the military headquarters and clashes are ongoing. Thanks to God, the mujahideen took many war spoils.”

It should be noted that Ansar al-Sharia’s attack on al-Bayda comes on the background of the Houthi apostates signalling their intention to fighting the Ahl al-Sunnah there on the pretext of fighting al-Qaeda. This matter has been realized in the terms of the peace and partnership agreement between the apostate Houthis and the Sana’a regime, which rules that the Houthi’s hold the reins to manage the country.

Ansar al-Sharia statement on attacks in al-Bayda - 1


Ansar al-Sharia launches broad offensive against military and security centres in al-Bayda – Part Two

An Akbhar Ansar al-Sharia correspondent in the al-Bayda province reported that the mujahideen  stormed the leadership building of the Special Security Forces (formerly Central Security) camp in the city of al-Bayda and burnt the contents of rooms in the building and the enemy’s equipment located in the headquarters.

He added that “the mujahideen began their attacks simultaneous attacks on the military, security and government centres in the city of al-Bayda close to midnight; they attacked the gate of the Special Security Forces’ camp to clear the way for the martyred brother Abu Dajana al-Lahji — God have mercy on him — who stormed the base in a Toyota Hilux packed with nearly a tonne of explosive materials before blowing up his car at the building housing the soldiers. Dozens of them were injured or killed. The correspondent indicated that the mujahideen then stormed the leadership building and burnt the contents of all the rooms, as well as the Special Security Forces’s equipment around the building.

On another front, our correspondent explained that Ansar al-Sharia’s mujahideen also attacked the Azza checkpoint in the city, which led to the death of two soldiers, while the remainder fled. The mujahideen plundered two military vehicles, an SUV and two anti-aircraft missiles before taking complete control of the checkpoint.

Ansar al-Sharia statement on attacks in al-Bayda - 2


Ansar al-Sharia withdraws from al-Bayda after launching successful attacks on military and security targets

The mujahideen of Ansar al-Sharia withdrew from the city of al-Bayda at dawn on Wednesday after simultaneously launched successful attacks that continued for hours against military and security targets in the city.

Our correspondent in the al-Bayda province explained that the attack that laster nearly five hours, from midnight Tuesday until dawn on Wednesday, led to major casualties and material losses among the ranks of the apostate Yemeni army. Our correspondent indicated that the attack came after confirmed reports reached the mujahideen about the holding of joint sessions between Houthi apostates and military/security leaders to arrange the surrender of the Special Security Forces’ base, with all of its military hardware, to the Houthis, under direct supervision of the army; just like the army recently surrendered Amran and Sana’a to the Houthis.

Ansar al-Sharia statement on attacks in al-Bayda - 3


Translated by Kevin Moore.

*Note: Content contained in the above statement is that of Ansar al-Sharia, and is not endorsed by the translator.

Breaking: Six Houthi apostates killed in Ansar al-Sharia ambush in al-Bayda, Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia (Yemen), 28 September 2014

Ansar al-Sharia statement on ambush inBayda


Six Houthi apostates* lost their lives after being subjected to an ambush carried out by Ansar al-Sharia mujahideen in the province of al-Bayda Sunday night.

Our correspondent in al-Bayda explained that the mujahideen launched the ambush on a red Suzuki Grand Vitara in which Houthi apostates were traveling on their way from the city of al-Bayda to the city of Rida’a. Our correspondent indicated that upon the vehicle passing the ambush at exactly 7:00 pm, the mujahideen sprayed it with a barrage of bullets, leading to the death of those on board and the vehicle going up in flames before the mujahideen withdrew safely.

* Note: AQAP refers to Houthis as “rawafid/rafidites” as they follow the Zaidi Shi’a school of Islamic jurisprudence, which does not align with AQAP’s puritanical Salafi school of thought.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

View original statement on Twitter.

Breaking: Dozens of Houthi apostates killed and injured in Ansar al-Sharia suicide attack using a car bomb, Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia (Yemen), 28 September 2014

Ansar al-Sharia statement - Attack on Jafra hospital


Dozens of Houthi apostates* were killed and injured this evening after an Ansar al-Sharia suicide bomber targeted a gathering of them at the al-Jafra hospital in the Majzar region of the Ma’rib province with a car bomb.

Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent in Ma’rib explained that the suicide bomber, Abu Jandal al-San’aani, drove a car laden with explosives into a gathering of Houthis at the hospital, which the Houthis had transformed into a headquarters at the expense of the public benefit for Muslims among the region’s residence. The correspondent indicated that the mujahideen’s targeting of a gathering of Houthis in al-Jafra verified its strategic importance for them do to the fact that it represents an advance of their fighters in the region.

He added that aside from the human casualties, the Houthis also suffered material losses represented in the destruction of 4 dump trucks, 3 four-wheel drive military vehicles and 2 armoured Hummers.

* Note: AQAP refers to Houthis as “rawafid/rafidites” as they follow the Zaidi Shi’a school of Islamic jurisprudence, which does not align with AQAP’s puritanical Salafi school of thought.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

View original statement on Twitter.

Breaking: Ansar al-Shari’a targets US embassy in Sana’a with LAW rocket, Akhbar Ansar al-Shari’a (Yemen), 27 September 2014

Ansar al-Shari’a targeted the American embassy in the capital Sana’a this evening with a LAW1 rocket.

Akhbar Ansar al-Shari’a’s correspondent in Sana’a explained that initial reports indicated that the attack led to injuries among the embassy guards and damaged an armoured vehicle. He explained that the attack came in response to American drones which targeted Muslim children in the province of Jawf yesterday (Friday), critically injuring them.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

View original statement here.


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‘Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen claims responsibility for killing of 14 soldiers in Hadramawt,’ AkhbarAnsar (Yemen),8 August 2014

Breaking: 14 soldiers killed in Ansar al-Sharia ambush in Wadi Hadramawt

8 August 2014

Hadramawt – Special Report:

Fourteen Yemeni soldiers lost their lives in an ambush carried out by Ansar al-Sharia this Friday evening in the city of al-Houta in Wadi Hadramawt, eastern Yemen.

An Ansar al-Sharia media correspondent in Wadi Hadramawt explained that the mujahideen spotted a bus carrying soldiers from the Yemeni Houthi army and stopped it along the main road in al-Houta “Houtat Shibam,” near the city of Seiyun, the capital of Wadi Hadramawt. He indicated that the mujahideen disembarked the soldiers and investigated them, confirming their affiliation with central military units in Seiyun from their military IDs.

The correspondent added: “After that, the mujahideen led them to the market where they delivered a speech to the audience, clarifying that the captured soldiers had participated in the most recent military campaign against Sunnis in Wadi Hadramawt; the mujahideen then decided to kill them as appropriate punishment for their crimes and for fighting in the Houthi army.”

It should be noted that the ambush came one day after Ansar al-Sharia’s raid of military and security headquarters and centres in the cities of Seiyun and al-Qoton in Wadi Hadramawt.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original statement available here.

 

‘Houthi gunmen fire missile at military unit in Hamdan, hours after ceasefire announcement,’ Al-Masdar Online (Yemen), 4 June 2014

Just hours after the announcement of an immediate ceasefire between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army, there are reports of gunmen firing at a military unit just north of the capital Sana’a. Continue reading

‘Ministry of Defence announces ceasefire in Amran,’ Al-Watan Al-Yemenye (Yemen), 4 June 2014

After more than three days of fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels in the northern province of Amran, an immediate ceasefire has been announced by Yemen’s Ministry of Defence. Continue reading

‘Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen show flexibility despite successive army operations,’ Al-Masdar Online (Yemen), 12 May 2014

Despite a campaign being launched by Yemen’s armed forces, Al-Qaeda has remained successful in perpetrating acts of violence throughout the country. Yemen’s military lacks manpower and the modern equipment necessary to properly counter AQAP, and also has no long-term strategy to ensure that once regions are cleared of militants, they are not able to reestablish their strongholds elsewhere. Continue reading