Terrorists receive support from exiled pro-Saudi VP

SANA’A – A report by the International Agency for Journalism & Strategic Studies (AIJES), a France-based news agency specialised in the analysis of terrorist threats, has leaked confidential information linking the exiled and ousted Vice President of the Hadi regime, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, to the direct supporting, funding and arming of terrorist organisations in Yemen.

The report contained vital information designating the Yakla district of Al-Bayda province as the main headquarters of the Islah Party, a Wahhabi organisation of which Ahmar is one of the leaders. While officially part of the international Muslim Brotherhood organisation, the Islah Party has repeatedly colluded with terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaeda, and is one of the main collaborator movements supporting the Saudi invasion forces.

The report states in clear terms that large shipments of weapons have been delivered by Ahmar to militias of the Islah Party, as well as Al-Qaeda militants. This despite the official statements of the Hadi regime and the Saudi kingdom that they are currently fighting Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar is known as a radical Wahhabi and supporter of Saudi Arabia, and was one of the main confidants of former despot Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled North Yemen with an iron fist from 1978 until 1990, and subsequently the united Republic of Yemen until 2011. During Saleh’s rule, Ahmar was known as the enforcer of the president’s will, playing a key role in the bloody crackdown on South Yemeni separatist sympathisers in the war of 1994, as well as ordering several massacres of protestors against Saleh in 2011. He also led the military operation that resulted in the capture, torture and extrajudicial murder of Sayyid Hussein Badreddine al-Houthi, the founder and first leader of the Ansarullah movement, in 2004.

Eventually, however, Ahmar defected to the side of the anti-Saleh movement and aided in the overthrow of Saleh in 2012, after which he sided with the Saudi-backed Abrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Rising through the ranks of the regime, Ahmar was instrumental in establishing Saudi dominance over much of Yemeni society, even directly aiding in the establishment of Wahhabi institutions and terrorist training centres in the majority Zaydi Muslim heartland of Yemen, much to the dismay of the local population. He also reportedly made great profit off of the smuggling of petroleum derivatives on the black market, with the support of other Saleh supporters.

Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar fled Yemen after the September 21 Revolution of 2014, which destroyed much of his Wahhabi powerbase. He was appointed Vice President of Yemen by ousted president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in 2016, despite the fact that Hadi had already been removed from power by the revolutionary forces, and had fled to Saudi Arabia. Some sources claim the seasoned military officer is currently directing combat operations on behalf of the Saudi invaders.

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