October 02, 2011

Yemen Air Force bombs US backed troops fighting al Qaeda again

For the second time the Sanaa regime has "accidentally" bombed the troops fighting al Qaeda. The last time, in early August dozens of the tribal fighters against al Qaeda were killed as well as four military commanders. The tribesmen later said that al Qaeda fighters were lying in wait after the bombing, as if it was coordinated with them. And this time, the al Qaeda fighters were laying in wait again. The Air Force is led by Yemen the half-brother of President Saleh, Mohammed Saleh Ahmar.

USA Today: The officials said the bombing, which took place on Saturday evening in the southern Abyan province, targeted an abandoned school used as shelter by soldiers of the army's 119th Brigade. The school is located just east of Abyan's provincial capital Zinjibar, where militants linked to al-Qaeda have been in control since May.... there were unconfirmed reports that militants arrived at the school soon after the airstrike and killed an unspecified number of wounded troops.

The school is in the Bagdar area, along the frontline between Yemeni forces and militants. On Saturday, fighting in Zinjibar killed at least 28 soldiers and militants.

The 119th Brigade has rebelled against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to join the protest movement demanding his ouster. It is thought to have received significant support from the U.S. military to enable it to fight the militants in the south more efficiently.

Yemen Related Update: Yemen officials report that bomb maker Ibrahim al Asiri was not killed in the air strike that got Anwar and Sami.

By Jane at 09:57 AM | Comments |