September 24, 2021


Newly trained Yemeni security forces, announced that, a mid-level leader of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch was arrested, in the southern port city of Aden, the country's temporary capital.

According to a statement, released by Aden's Police Command, a counter-terrorism security unit, unleashed a successful raid and managed to capture a senior al-Qaeda militant, identified as "Abu Aizrael," in Aden's outskirts.

The anti-terror soldiers stormed a farm, where the al-Qaeda leader, along with two other terrorists, were hiding, and captured them all, after brief clashes.

The captured al-Qaeda leader is responsible for a series of drive-by shootings and assassinations, that targeted security and government officials in Aden.

A spokesman for Aden's security chief, said that, three similar anti-terror operations were conducted, during the past 24 hours and resulted in the capture of a number of al-Qaeda militants in Aden.

Yemeni security units, newly trained and equipped by UAE forces, operating in Aden, have conducted several offensives against positions held by al-Qaeda and the Daesh militants, in the country's southern regions.

Elsewhere in Yemen, three suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed, in an air strike carried out by the U.S. drones, in the south-eastern Shabwa province, on Wednesday evening.

Residents in Shabwa province said that, the three slain militants were all tribal fighters, who recently joined the al-Qaeda group.

Yemen, an impoverished Arab country, has been gripped by one of the most active regional al-Qaeda insurgencies in the Middle East.

The AQAP, also known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, emerged in Jan, 2009. It had claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks on Yemen's army and government institutions.

It took advantage of the current security vacuum, and the ongoing civil war, to expand its influence and seize more territories in Yemen's southern part.

Security in Yemen has deteriorated since Mar, 2015, when war broke out between the Shiite Houthi group, supported by former President Ali Abdullash Saleh, and the government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

More than 6,400 people have been killed, in ground battles and air strikes since then, half of them civilians.