DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – With civil war raging in full throttle across Yemen, the Islamic State is slowly increasing its military power on the Arabian Peninsula.
A new batch of images released by Amaq Agency shows ISIS militants in action against the Popular Committees in rural Bayda, a largely Houthi-held province in central Yemen.
Using caves to prepare their attacks, the hardline Sunni ISIS fighters proceeded to open machine-gun and mortar fire on the predominately Shiite Yemeni soldiers:
Two months ago, Amaq Agency published pictures of a succesful Islamic State ambush in Bayda, suggesting a large underground ISIS presence in the governorate.
ISIS insurgents and sleeper cells are active across a handful of mountainous provinces in southern and central Yemen but do not control any substantial territories yet.