Infighting: South Yemen separatist movement sues pro-Saudi mercenary general Tariq Afash

SANA’A – In yet another round of infighting between Saudi-backed forces, several South Yemen separatist fractions have filed a series of complaints against pro-Saudi mercenary top commander Tariq Afash, the nephew of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The complaints, which decry the “treason of the Tariq Saleh group”, demand Afash be brought to justice for his total failure to carry out the tasks entrusted to him, and most importantly of having cost the lives of thousands of southern Yemeni mercenaries due to his failures.

Since South Yemen separatist militants joined the Tariq Afash-led offensives on April 14, a series of humiliating defeats have cost the lives of countless of them, resulting in severe discontent in the South Yemen Movement. Moreover, Afash is accused of having deliberately targeted South Yemeni forces during operations on the Western Coast, sacrificing them willfully during artillery shelling operations on the frontlines.

In the absence of any real sort of Yemeni government under Saudi occupation, the Southern organisation has delivered the complaints to the UAE occupation authorities. However, the Emiratis have so far not commented on the matter.

Although officially allied under the banner of the Saudi-led invasion force, an atmosphere of severe mistrust and mutual hatred prevails amongst the different factions in occupied Yemen. Saudi and Emirati mercenary forces regularly clash with one another in bloody internal conflicts, and the South Yemeni separatists have long since voiced its discontent with the state of the occupied territories. Matters have been made worse for the Saudi coalition by the humiliating military performances of its main Yemeni commander, Tariq Afash.

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Historian specializing in Arab history, Islamic studies and geopolitical analysis. Active in the anti-imperialist movement in Belgium

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