Under the mantle of the national army in Yemen, corruption comes back to support extremism and terrorism, Report

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In August 2012, Yemeni Oil Minister Hisham Sharaf was sacked after being appointed for less than six months under unclear pretexts. It is not known to many that the man tried to start his period with a number of reforms, the most important re-evaluation of the work of the group of international oil companies operating under different names, but in fact working in coordination with military leaders and tribal Sheikhs  in exchange for quotas and percentages agreed upon in advance through local mediators.

OMV, an Austrian oil company whose local broker was a national institution called Al-Hathaily Transport and Oilfield Services. It is owned by Sheikh Hussein Ahmed Al-Huthaily, one of the trade arms of the current Vice President, Major General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar.  . When Hisham Sharaf threatened to stop the company's contract in Yemen, Al-Ahmar moved quickly and asked the Yemeni president Hadi  to sack the mimister  under the pretext of a close relationship with former President Saleh. President Hadi issued his decision to appoint the deputy minister of oil to carry out the work of the ministerHisham . The Yemeni government was run by the Islamic Reform Party or the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen through its Prime Minister Bassendawa, who was nominated for this post after the events of 2011, Major General Al-Ahmar himself  and Sheikh Hamid Al-Ahmar, one of the whales of oil and commercial corruption and the well-known leader of the Islah Party in Yemen. After the Houthi coup in September 2014 most of the leadres of esacpaed to Saudi Arabia including the cuurent visce preidinr Al-Ahmer him self. ..

The Austrian OMV was the first oil company returned back  to work in Shabwa under the protection of the  Brigade Al-Ahmar  and its army stationed in Marib, east of the Yemeni capital Sana'a, despite the instability in a number of southern areas of threats from extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda.  Al-Qaeda  attacks were  limited to anti-terrorism troops of Shabwa but not the troops that belonged to Al-Ahmer . The Shabwa troops which called elite forces that have largely succeeded in repelling the attacks of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda  and as a major threat to al-Qaeda elements  in the region.

It is clear that legitimacy has re-produced the former corruption system, but worse than in the past and in various fields, benefiting from the monopoly of the political decision of President Hadi alone, which is under the influence of his deputy and the leaders of the Islamic Islah Party.

As a result of the organized looting of oil resources and their smuggling by the protection of forces and figures operating under the umbrella of legitimacy, the dignitaries, activists and the southern resistance in Shabwa called the Yemeni governorate to start removing the offices of corruption and to hand over the oil sectors to loacla authorities of sahbwa .


These demands troubled the Brigade Al-Ahmar and its allies in Marib to begin the rapid and mysterious attacks  of al-Qaeda terrorists on the security belt in Shabwa, but the belt forces were able to repel them, strike them in their strongholds and paralyze them.

After the failure of the terrorist acts and the siege of its elements, military forces affiliated with the military leadership in Marib, under the leadership of Vice President himeself and his  Minister of Defense , moved in direct confrontation with the tribes of Shabwa and the security belt forces for the purpose of repression and facing the just demands of the people of the governorate who suffered for many years before and after the war from  corruptin and the terrorist elements.


Some leaked images of some tribal activists and figures in Shabwa province showed crude sales of crude directly through local oil locomotives, pumping oil through pipelines into unknown ships on the Shabwa coast, which many saw as clear corruption and smuggling.

The area is now heading for armed confrontations between Shabwa tribes and Red Army military forces to regain control of the oil and gas fields in Shabwa.

These moves led to the forces of Marib to confront the Shabwa, many questions about the nature of the relationship between the Red Brigade and the leaders of al-Qaeda, which represented a number of areas of Marib safe haven since the killing of the leader of al-Harthy wanted US aircraft without pilot in 2001 until the killing of terrorist Jamal Badawi Marib in January, also wanted by the United States for the preparation, planning and participation in the attack on the USS Cole 2000 in the Gulf of Aden.

The Marib province, controlled by the Red Brigade, is a fully armed army, mostly members of the Islah Party. The massive military support provided by the Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia is a strategic location to move towards Shabwa, including Hadramout and Abyan where extremist groups are present and deployed.

 Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout overlooking the Arabian Sea witnessed  the smuggling of oil and selling it after it controlled by Al-Qaeda in 2015.  The joint military operations carried out by the southern resistance and support of the UAE and in cooperation with the United States could liberated of the coastal city from the control of the terrorist organization in 2015.

Local sources indicate that the Islamic Islah Party, who represents  Muslim Brotherhood movement is building a full-fledged army in the Yemeni province of Marib after being defeated and dispersed by the Huthi militias in September 2014, which many strategic experts see as a new threat to the countries in the gulf region, especially as schools for Islamic jihadists run by one of the extremists called Abu Anas al-Masri expand and attract many young people from within and outside the province.

According to experts, the role of the Qatari role is emerged   to promote and finance these movements in coordination with the leaders of the Islah Party  who live in Turkey and the military leadership in Marib especially as the religious leaders of the most prominent and most prominent Abdul Majid al-Zindani who was close to the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who restricted his moves within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after fleeing to it  from Huthis' crackdown after the 2015 .

According to Western intelligence sources, the military leadership in the Yemeni province of Marib is under the American microscope and the process of targeting Jamal al-Badawi is only a message that may be followed by other stricter messages.

It is very known that the first Armored Division, formerly commanded by the  Brigade Al-Ahmar  , embraced all the Yemeni and Arab Mujahideen, or what they called the "Afghan Arabs" returning from Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, and that most of the Arab Mujahideen whom their countries refused to received them becomes a Yemeni citizenship and remained in Yemen.

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