Category: Yemen

The Dispute Between al-Houthi and Saleh

Saleh and al-Houthi

24 August 2017 – Al-Ayyam (Yemen)

Ali Abdullah Saleh rose to the presidency in the Yemen Arab Republic as the result of a political and security vacuum which the greatest political and security figures refused to conceal, fearing for their lives and their careers. Ali Abdullah Saleh accepted the position of President of the Yemen Arab Republic under extremely dangerous conditions, with a close strategic alliance with Sheikh Abdullah Ibn Hussein al-Ahmar of the Hashid tribe.

After Yemeni unification on 22 May 1990, unity was linked with political pluralism, freedom of the press and increasing activity of civil organisations. The two Yemeni partners in unification, the Council of Representatives and the Yemeni Republic authorities, split power between themselves. After a year and a half, differences emerged between Presdient Saleh and his deputy, Ali Salem al-Beidh, power disputes in which the president and his senior aides in the military and political institutions were accustomed to monopolising power and exercising control over the economic capabilities of the Yemen Republic.

Al-Beidh’s movement felt repeatedly marginalised and excluded from power. The political and security situation worsened and the efforts of internal and external intermediaries proved fruitless, including the mediation of King Hussein bin Talal, which resulted in an agreement signed by many parties and political organisations in addition to the Yemeni Socialist Party and the General People’s Congress. The ink was barely dry when war broke out in 1994. Al-Beidh’s side was defeated by Saleh with the support of the Hashid tribe and Hizb al-Islah, in addition to the support which Saleh garnered from outside Yemen.

In 2011, the youth revolution began, participated in by a number of political parties, including Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi’s group, Ansar Allah, and General Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar’s support for the revolution marked a turning point. These changes forced Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh to coordinate with Ansar Allah, led by al-Houthi. This alliance resulted in the fall of Amran and Sanaa and the First Armoured Division, which submitted to the leadership of Muhsin al-Ahmar. President Hadi was placed under house arrest to pressure him through fear and enticement into assisting al-Ahmar, al-Houthi and Saleh’s agenda. Hadi, defiant, was able to escape, and building on the request from Foreign Minister Riad Yassin, Hadi formed the Arab Nation Alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The southern and eastern governorates were liberated from the Republican Guard, Central Security and Houthi militias, but these forces remain in control of Sanaa, Dhamar, Amran, Saada, al-Jawf, al-Mahwit, Ibb, Raymah, Hudaydah, as well as a number of districts in Hajjah and Taiz.

The conflict between Saleh and al-Houthi is a conflict of economic interests and a dispute about influence, and how each side imposes their political agenda on the other, a dispute which will erupt, sooner or later. Victory in a number of factors in the dispute will lead to one side overcoming the other. Those factors include the role of the tribes in Sanaa and the other governorates, in addition to the the support which Saleh and al-Houthi must gain to resolve the conflict between themselves by military strength.

Dr Fuad Said al-Matiri


Translated by Conor Fagan

Original article can be found here.

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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