Al-Qaeda Allied With US-Backed Forces in Yemen

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Al-Qaeda Allied With US-Backed Forces in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

On May 2, the UK Independent headlined "Al-Qaeda claims it is 'fighting alongside' US-backed coalition forces in Yemen," saying:

Its leader in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Qasim al-Rimi "said his fighters have worked with government-allied factions…toward their common goal of (defeating) the Houthi(s)."

Though he didn't elaborate on saying "(w)e fight alongside all Muslims in Yemen, together with different Islamic groups," including "the Muslim Brotherhood and also our brothers among the sons of (Sunni) tribes," these elements are allied with Yemen's exiled Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi regime combating Shia Houthis.

America, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states and Israel support Sunni fighters, supplying them with arms, munitions and funding, Riyadh aerial operations terrorize Yemeni civilians in Houthi-controlled areas.

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