Tribal sources in Ma’rib province have revealed new information about the Saudi-led coalition’s intention to open a new front in Bayda province, central Yemen.
According to the sources, the coalition forces have handed over weapons and large sums of money to a leader of the Islah Party named Abu Abdullah al-Mashdali, who is one of the links between coalition forces and al-Qaeda.
The coalition asked Al-Mashdali to coordinate with al-Qaeda groups to ignite new fronts against the Yemeni army and Popular Committees in a number of districts in the province.
The sources added that the agreement between the coalition leadership in Ma’rib and Mashdali comes in conjunction with the coalition preparing terrorist elements of al-Qaeda in Lawder district, Abyan province, in order to launch attacks against the positions of the army and Committees in the district of Mukayras.
On March 30th, al-Qaeda opened a new front in As Sawma’ah District in Bayda province, with air support and significant logistical support from coalition forces. However, Yemeni army forces were able to end the confrontations in their favour and take control of the situation.
Al-Qaeda has called upon its supporters in early March to fight along with coalition forces to prevent Sana’a government forces from entering Ma’rib.
Western press reports have previously revealed close ties between Saudi-led coalition countries and terrorist organisations in Yemen.