The rise of al-Qaeda in South Yemen

SHAFAQNA – A suicide car bombing killed four people Monday when it hit a gathering of loyalist forces in Aden, the southern Yemen city serving as a government base, AFP reported.

Five others were wounded in the attack in the residential Sheikh Othman district, according to a security official. The bomber reportedly rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into an area where security forces and pro-government militiamen had assembled.

Ever since former President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi allowed for Aden to become a Saudi-led military base, the region has been plagued by terror-related violence. Analysts and experts have long warned that Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen would only lead to a radical flare-up whereby militant groups such as al-Qaeda will further embed themselves onto society, and work to expand their zone of influence.

It was former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who, back in 2011 warned of the threat posed by al-Qaeda in Southern Arabia – at the time, his comments were labelled as self-promoting, born from a desire to further his rule, instead of the well-fare of the country.

While former President Saleh might have in fact exploited the threat of terror for financial, political, and military gain in the past, his warnings were on point.

So far, all and every areas under the control of Saudi Arabia have seen a surge in radical activities over the past year. Residents in Aden have said to live in perpetual fears of attacks since the “coalition” proclaim itself in charge of the administration of South Yemen.

While Riyadh has allegedly relinquish the affairs of the state to President Hadi, the politician has been a de facto subject of the kingdom … a puppet official set in place to act a front and a face for Riyadh’s new colony.

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna


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