Al-Qaeda in Yemen threatens UAE with retaliation attacks

Published May 16th, 2016 - 01:30 GMT
An aerial view of Mukalla, Yemen. (AFP/File)
An aerial view of Mukalla, Yemen. (AFP/File)

Al-Wafd reports that Al-Qaeda in Yemen has released a statement threatening the UAE with revenge after the country launched military operations against al-Qaeda in Mukalla, Yemen. 

Al-Qaeda's Yemen newspaper “Al-Masra” published threats to launch a retalitory attack on the UAE.

The statement in Al-Masra claimed that al-Qaeda pulled out of Mukalla "to take away an opportunity from the enemy,” but promised revenge.

While al-Qaeda has formally pulled out of the city, they launched a suicide attack on Thursday that killed at least twelve people. Three suicide bombers blew up vehicles near strategic army bases around the city. 

Yemeni government forces and the UAE collaborated on a joint operation that pushed al-Qaeda out of Mukalla on April 24. The militant group had maintained control of the city and surrounding areas for almost a year, despite repeated strikes from the Saudi-led coalition.

General Farraj Salmeen Al-Buhesni, a Yemeni army commander, said in a statement last Friday, “We have captured over 250 al-Qaeda members, including many important leaders, since the beginning of our operations in Mukalla."

Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the conflict between embattled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi rebels. The two groups have been fighting since March 2015, and al-Qaeda has slowly claimed territory and launched attacks over the part year. 


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