The war in Yemen has recently intensified between the forces loyal to the exiled president ‘Abd-Rubbah Mansour Hadi and the popular resistance committees led by the Yemen Army’s Republican Guard and the Houthis.

While these aforementioned forces concentrate on the battle for southern Yemen, the Yemeni Al-Qaeda group “Ansar Al-Sharia” and their allies from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) have quietly expanded their presence in eastern and southern Yemen, leaving many of the armed groups unprepared for these jihadist militant groups.

Making matters worse for the Hadi loyalists and their allies from the Saudi-led Coalition is the recent advances made by the Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard and the Houthis inside of Saudi Arabia’s southern countryside.

Since their capture of Al-Rabuah in early November, the Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard and the Houthis have seized several other sites inside of Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region, despite lacking the aerial assets and manpower for a full scale invasion.

 

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