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ISIS And Al-Qaeda Influence Growing In Yemen

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ISIS And Al-Qaeda Influence Growing In Yemen

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On November 26, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) targeted three vehicles carrying al-Qaeda fighters on the road between the southern province of Shabwa and the central province of Bayda, the France Press Agency (AFP) reported.

Seven fighters of al-Qaeda were killed in the UCAV airstrike, according to the report.

A Yemeni offical told the AFP that the UCAV was likely American, as the US is the only country using UCAVs against al-Qaeda and ISIS in the southern and eastern parts of Yemen. From its side, the Saudi-led coalition, which controls most of southern and eastern Yemen, is yet to take any real steps against the two terrorist groups.

The ISIS and al-Qaeda influence in Yemen grow dramatically in the Saudi-led coalition areas during the last few months. Some Yemenis even fear that Yemen may become the main stronghold of ISIS and al-Qaeda once the terrorist groups are defeated in Syria in Iraq.

On November 5, over 20 Yemeni policemen were killed when ISIS cells attacked the headquarter of the Yemeni Police in the city of Aden, which is under the control of the Saudi-led coalition. On November 25, a fighter of ISIS assassinated an officer of the Yemen Police in Aden also.

ISIS And Al-Qaeda Influence Growing In Yemen

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The fact that ISIS could conduct hit and run attacks, not just bombings, in the strategic city of Aden proves that the terrorist group is stronger than ever in Yemen, and that it may launch wide scale attacks there in the future.

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