A local source said that Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen have imposed full control over the town of Mahfad in the Abyan province on Thursday night, while facing little resistance.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous in fear of reprisal, told the Arabic-media “Al-Masdar Online” that armed militants belonging to Ansar al-Sharia were deployed to the streets of the town, manning checkpoints and raising black flags.

The control of Mahfad town in north-east Abyan province comes hours after Ansar al-Sharia commander Jalal Baleedi, nom de guerre “Hamza al-Zinjibari”, was killed by US drone strike near his hometown in the Muraqasha area.

Meanwhile in Zinjibar, Ansar al-Sharia fighters have also reportedly declared full control over the provincial capital and proclaimed an Islamic emirate, expelling the remaining Hadi-backed Southern Popular Resistance (SPR) fighters from the town; this came shortly after Baleedi’s body was buried there.

Ansar al-Sharia was rebranded locally from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) where it was based mostly in the southern regions of Bayda, Hadramout, Abyan, Shabwa, and Lahj province.

The group has recently expanded its territory by taking control of Azzan in the Shabwa province on Monday without facing any resistance from the Hadi loyalists as well as Saudi-led Coalition airstrikes.

Advertisements
Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
ALSO READ  Más de 4.000 soldados sudaneses asesinados en Yemen desde 2015: Ansarallah

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.