OP-ED

AL-Qeada losing control

Fakhri al-Arashi

Defeating al-Qeada militants in the far mountains of Shabwah and Abyen in southern Yemen brought a satisfied respect back to military units and made remarkable change for the benefit of the government.

The ongoing battle against al-Qeada is harder than ever, and certainly since their establishment in Yemen a decade ago. This war has brought to the surface the facts of al-Qeada fighters, most of whom aren’t Yemenis. The Yemeni members of al-Qeada are mostly young and below 25 years old, indicating how al-Qeada uses the youth of Yemen. They mostly use them for achieving explosive targets or attacking Yemeni soldiers.

The major victims are mostly the al-Qaeda leaders who have escaped from American drones and never fight in direct battles. The absolute loss of al-Qaeda in different parts of the country pushed them to attack major cities in order to diversify their war strategy, using sleeper cells to their advantage. Unfortunately, their attacks hit exhausted soldiers who stay up all night, and are found to be an easy target to record a one victory by killing an insignificant enemy.

Yemen is already on the edge of economic abyss and poverty is threatening 60% of the population. All these nationalities are fighting in Yemen because they find it to be the easiest place to spread their ideology at a low cost and with the support of some extremists in neighboring countries, as well as Western ones that are increasingly present here.

The worst scenario would be in the cities, where civilians pay the fine of bloody thinking by attacking public and government facilities in the same way as Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, and Afghanistan. People in Yemen are anticipating such issues, but so does the government and military. Are they going to use their intelligence to attack al-Qaeda by before they do so against us?

The battle is not finished yet. The coming days will prove how Yemen may overcome this group, and kick those fighters back home, or just finish them off entirely.