Castles, US Terrorism, Collapse in Al-Bayda, Great Victory for Yemenis
Al-Qaeda and ISIS organizations lost their most important strongholds in the south of the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen after years of fighting in favor of of the US-Saudi aggression.
Recently, the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees announced uprooting the two organizations in Al-Bayda province, liberating a thousand square kilometers, and seizing large quantities of weapons. Thus, the terrorist organization ISIS lost its capital in Yemen after Syria and Iraq and suffered a heavy loss on the leadership level.
Al-Bayda Battle is considered a major achievement for the Yemeni Armed Forces because it is located in a low valley of the land, surrounded by mountains on the four sides. Despite the great armament from Saudi Arabia to the two terrorist organizations and despite the public intervention of the aggression coalition and America and their raids, but they lost 12 camps at once.
It is important to mention that the Yemeni Army and popular committees were almost about to defeat Al-Qaeda in 2015 after managing to overrun its strongholds in Al-Wadia in Abyan. They were also about to eradicate it from its strongholds in Qifah, where they arrived in Yakla area, so Al Qaeda individuals fled to Saila Yakla. However, Saudi Arabia began its aggression in (March 2015) and brought al-Qaeda back to life again. Since that time, it has relied on it and financed it with money and weapons to confront the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees. Saudi Arabia and America tried to stay strong, letting al-Qaeda entered with other names, including the “National Army.” The resistance and the Giants Brigades, “It is known that, since 2016, America has launched attacks on al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen, using drones under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
The withdrawals of the terrorist organization in the south (Abyan, Shabwa and Mukalla) ,which were promoted by the Saudi aggression coalition as “victories”, were just consensuses with Al Qaeda that led to dumping huge sums of money on the terrorist organization and adding it into the “mercenary army” that fights alongside the coalition and the so-called legitimacy. Many of them were appointed in political and military positions within the mercenaries’ ranks, including Abdul-Wahhab al-Hamiqani, a senior leader in al-Qaeda, one of the financiers of terrorist organizations and an advisor of Hadi.
Just as al-Qaeda received Western and ammunition funds to fight the Army and the Popular Committees, ISIS organization, which declared itself in 2015 in Yemen, received almost the same. ISIS established its strongholds in Dahra region in Qifah next to al-Qaeda, whose strongholds were mostly in Yakla, fighting alongside al-Qaeda. However, al-Qaeda feared for itself and its influence in front of ISIS, and fierce battles between the two organizations raged more than once during the past years in the areas of Qifah in Al-Bayda. The number of dead from both sides was estimated at at least 300 members in addition to hundreds of wounded. Then the coalition and the so-called legitimacy did their best to reconcile them more than once against the Army and the Popular Committees but in vain, and then the coalition transferred the rest to Marib.
Al-Qaeda fighters were transferred under the supervision of the Saudi-Emirati-American coalition from the areas of Qifah and Yakla (the main stronghold of al-Qaeda in Yemen) to defend the last stronghold of the coalition in northeastern Yemen and the mercenary stronghold in Marib after the defeat of Islah’s brigades in Nehm.