Yemen tribal leaders say senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Marib clash

Yemeni security member stand guard in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP file photo)
Updated 26 August 2018
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Yemen tribal leaders say senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Marib clash

SANAA: A senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed in Yemen’s central province of Marib, officials and tribal leaders said on Saturday.
Ghalib Al-Zaidi’s death came a week ago in an exchange of fire during clashes with the Houthis, in the Sirwah district of Marib, they told The Associated Press.
The officials and elders told the AP that Al-Zaidi had dozens of Al-Qaeda operatives under his command and had taken part in several battles in the province.
In 2017, Al-Zaidi was placed on the UN Security Council’s sanctions list as a Yemen-based individual “who acts for or on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).”
The UN found him to be providing the Yemeni affiliate of the global terror network with weapons, funding, and recruits.
Al-Zaidi was also found to have helped AQAP to expand its control in parts of Marib.
Al-Zaidi had been the group’s leader in the province since 2015.
The Arab coalition has been at war with the Iran-allied Houthis for more than three years.
Al-Qaeda and a Daesh affiliate have exploited the chaos to expand their presence in the country.
AQAP is considered the most dangerous branch of the terror network and had attempted attacks on US soil. 


Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

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Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

  • Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas
  • The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front

DUBAI: The Yemeni army killed 20 Houthi militants, including a field commander, in clashes in the southern Dhale governate on Sunday, Saudi state-agency SPA reported.

Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas, killing several militants and injuring others east of Sanaa.

The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front, according to civilian reports on Yemeni Minister of Defense’s official website “September Net.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni tribesmen from Hajjah’s Qeshar district destroyed Houthi militia gathering areas in the Darb Al-Maru area.

Field sources revealed that the tribesmen belonged to the Bani Riban tribe, and that they continue to group with other tribes to destroy militia gathering spots across the region.