Daesh Terrorists Confirm Fighting Alongside Saudi Mercenaries in Yemen
By Staff, Agencies
Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] has openly confirmed that its terrorists are fighting alongside Saudi-backed mercenaries against Yemen’s army and forces from popular committees in the province of Marib.
Over the past few weeks, Marib has been the scene of major operations by Yemeni forces pushing hard to recapture it from forces loyal to the former Saudi-backed government.
Daesh issued a short statement on Wednesday, saying it has carried out operations against Yemen’s Ansarullah forces in Marib province, killing and wounding a number of the movement’s forces.
The new development came after Ansarullah forces and their allies in the Yemeni army launched a major offensive to retake Marib, which is considered as the last stronghold of Saudi-backed forces in northern Yemen.
The Ansarullah’s advances have raised concerns in the Saudi-led coalition and their allies, including the US. On Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price called on Ansarullah to halt its offensive and end retaliatory strikes on Saudi Arabia.
The movement says the call proves US support for terrorist elements in Marib.
Last October, the Foreign Ministry of Yemen’s National Salvation Government first said that militiamen loyal to former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were closely working with al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists.
The ministry, in two separate identical letters addressed to the United Nations and the UN Security Council, elaborated on clean-up operations carried out by Yemeni armed forces and fighters from the Popular Committees against al-Qaeda and Daesh terror cells in the central province of Bayda.
The letters said there were foreign nationals, mostly Saudi citizens, among militant commanders and combatants slain in Yemeni operations. Large amounts of weapons, bombs and explosive belts were also seized, the letters said.
A senior Yemeni official also said last month that Washington was fighting alongside Takfiri terror outfits such as Daesh and al-Qaeda against Yemen.
He was referring to the unreserved arms, logistical, and political support that Washington has been lending to Saudi Arabia and its allies during a war they have been waging against Yemen since March 2015.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have died, millions more have been displaced, and the entire impoverished country has turned into the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The US-backed Saudi war was launched to restore Hadi, who had fled Yemen amid a power crisis and refused to stay behind and negotiate.