U.S. President Barack Obama waged a silent war against Al-Qaeda in Yemen during his tenor as commander-in-chief, targeting several of their strongholds with abrupt drone strikes and assassinations that were meant to degrade and destroy this international terrorist group.
Unfortunately for Barack Obama; this silent war has proven ineffective as Al-Qaeda launched a massive offensive in southern Yemen this week, capturing several sites from the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists.
On Thursday morning in the southern Yemen countryside, the Yemeni Al-Qaeda group “Ansar Al-Sharia” captured the towns of Zinjubar, Ja’ar, Al-Hisn, Makhzan, and Jabal Khanfar after a series of intense firefights with the forces loyal to the exiled Yemeni President, ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi.
In addition to their capture of the aforementioned sites, Ansar Al-Sharia imposed full control over the strategic city of Batis in southern Yemen, forcing the Hadi Loyalists to retreat south towards their stronghold of Aden.
With the capture of Batis and several towns in southern Yemen, Ansar Al-Sharia has proven their ability to wage a large-scale offensive against their former allies that are loyal to ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led Coalition Forces.
The Hadi loyalists have found themselves in a world of trouble after they launched an offensive two weeks ago to reverse the gains made by the Yemeni Army’s Republican guard and the Houthis near the imperative city of Ta’iz.
With Al-Qaeda emerging in southern Yemen and the Houthis gaining ground in the northern countryside; this war has entered a new phase in which the Hadi loyalists find themselves wedged between two opposing forces.