al-Qaeda fights for the Saudi-led coalition: US media outlet
Al-Qaeda, terrorist organization, in the Arabian Peninsula fights alongside the Saudi-led coalition , backed by the US, against Yemen, according to a report by the US-based Long War Journal newspaper.
The report added that the war on Yemen is shared by the terrorist organization along with the Saudi-UAE alliance against the Yemeni army forces. The Saudi-UAE coalition often avoids targeting terrorist organization and cut deals with the group that have allowed it to preserve its strength.
The report said that US conducted only two strikes against al Qaeda sites last September, according to CENTCOM.
The report pointed out that CENTCOM did not provide a reason for the reduction in strikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen, but perhaps the alliance of the Saudi-UAE coalition has role in that, as the organization stands by the aggression side against Yemen.
An investigation by Associated Press found that the coalition waging a war on Yemen has secured secret deals with al-Qaeda terrorists in the violence-wracked country, recruiting hundreds of its militants in the ground operations against the Houthi Ansarullah movement , part of the Yemeni army forces.
The Saudi-led coalition has been paying some al-Qaeda commanders to leave key Yemeni cities, while allowing others to retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, the investigation uncovered.
It further said that the Riyadh-led alliance had recruited hundreds of al-Qaeda elements. The US, the report said, was aware of Saudi Arabia’s collusion with the militants and held off on the drone attacks purportedly targeting them.
“Elements of the US military are clearly aware that much of what the US is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and there is much angst about that,” said Michael Horton, a fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based think tank.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 60,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.