Saudi Arabia says it captured the head of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State
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Although its main goal was to support Yemeni leader Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthi uprising in Iran, the jihadist group in Yemen also noticed active jihadist groups in Yemen.
The Emirati army is the largest in this battle. “Regardless of the extent of the conflict in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates will continue its work until Al Qaeda is seen in the Arab Republic [AQAP] as a regional and global threat,” General Mousallam Al-Rashedi said in August 2018.
Criticized by almost everyone for his attacks on Yemen and the assassination of Khashoggi journalists in Saudi Arabia, it was announced, on June 25, the arrest of Abu Oussama al-Muhajir, the head of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State.
“A man named Abu Oussama al-Muhajir has been arrested, along with money lenders and other members of this jihadist group,” the Arab coalition said in a statement issued by the Saudi SPA.
Joint spokesperson, Turkish Turkish Colonel al-Maliki, said the jihadist leader was arrested on June 3 during Yemini and Saudi operations. Without further details, he said the attack was made against a building that, apart from members of the group, had three women and three children within.
Despite the causes of several terrorist attacks in Yemen, including one carried out at the house of Aden [35 deaths], in December 2016, this organization was not as important as AQAP. In addition, the two sides had a serious relationship, when they clashed in July 2018 when they signed a “no deal.”