ARAB SPECIAL FORCES TACKLE AL QAEDA
UAE and Saudi special forces deployed in Yemen
UAE special forces have been deployed in the battle against Al Qaeda in Yemen, Arab Coalition commanders have announced.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the coalition command as saying that in its first hours, the operation resulted in the killing of more than 800 elements of Al Qaeda and a number of their leaders and that the rest of them fled.
The operation’s participants include the Yemeni army and elements of Saudi and United Arab Emirates special forces.
The statement, carried by UAE news agency WAM, added that the operation comes as part of the joint international efforts to defeat terrorist groups in Yemen and support the legitimate Yemeni government.
It said the coalition is attempting to regain control of Yemeni cities that fell to Al Qaeda, the most important of which is the city of Al Mukalla, considered to be Al Qaeda’s stronghold.
The operation aims at clearing it and helping the legitimate authorities to regain control over it and the rest of Yemen.
The statement added that the process will allow for the intensifying of humanitarian relief efforts.
WAM reported that the countries participating in the operation emphasised their policy of chasing terrorist organisations out of all Yemeni cities, defeating them and depriving them of a safe haven until the return of security and stability.
IN ACTION: UAE, Saudi and Yemeni troops took part