New anti-Al-Qaeda strategy in Yemen

20/9/2012 -

New anti-Al-Qaeda strategy in Yemen

Yasser Ezzi The Yemeni government has approved on Tuesday an  new anti-Al-Qaeda strategy on the basis on a plan prepared by the Supreme Security Committee.

The strategy is designed to launch new approaches to combat al-Qaeda through cooperation with all Yemenis, government sources told   

Units of the Yemeni army started on Thursday the hunt of al-Qaeda in al-Mahfad districts of Abyan after they escaped from Zinjibar, Jaar and other towns to reorganize themselves in Al-Mahfad.

Local sources said that a number of al-Qaeda leaders including Jalal Ben-Eidi centre in al-Mahafad.

According to the sources, about 400 al-Qaeda militants are existed in Al-Mahafad that turned to a connection point to militants who move between Abyan, Hadhramout, Shabwah and Marib.

The sources affirmed that Pakistanis and Saudis are among the militants, indicating that foreingers are helping the militants in making bombs and explosive belts.

Al-Qaeda militants received painful blows as the Yemeni army cleansed them from their main strongholds in Abyan and they resorted to use other tactics including the abduction of foreigners.

Yemen had declared the killing of Saeed al-Shehri, the number two leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,  but government sources said later that DNA tests have not proved the killing of Al-Shehri.

The state news agency, Saba, said that a specialized medical team headed to Seyoon of Hadhramout to take samples of the persons who were killed in an air-strike.

Washington, which has pursued a campaign of assassination by drone and missile against suspected Qaeda members, backed a military offensive in May to recapture areas of Abyan province.

Yemeni rights groups have denounced US drones attacks against Yemeni areas, calling the Yemeni government to respect safety and security of its citizens.

It slammed "silence" of the Yemeni government toward the attacks, accusing it of collision with "crimes committed against Yemenis."