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Saudi-led coalition has failed in Yemen’s Bayda despite recruiting Qaeda, Daesh terrorists: Ansarullah

Supporters of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement raise weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters in Sana’a, Yemen, on February 25, 2020. (Photo by AP)

The spokesman for Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement says despite having mobilized members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Daesh Takfiri terrorist groups, the Saudi-led military coalition and its mercenaries have failed miserably in their battles against Yemeni armed forces and their allied Popular Committees in the country’s central province of al-Bayda.

“The Saudi-led alliance has so far reaped nothing other than defeat on every front. The coalition has received severe blows in al-Bayda, even though it has hired al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists,” Mohammed Abdul-Salam wrote in a post published on his Tweeter page on Thursday.

He noted that the Riyadh regime and its allies are bogged down in the Yemen quagmire, no matter how hard they struggle to escape.

"Saudi Arabia is conducting numerous airstrikes and cross-border offensives against Yemen on a daily basis and is enforcing a brutal siege on the impoverished Arab country. The kingdom has, nevertheless, failed to wreck the iron willpower and determination of the Yemeni nation," the Ansarullah spokesman highlighted.

The remarks came a day a Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s al-Masirah television network that Yemeni troops and Popular Committees fighters had carried out two military operations in the Az Zahir and As Sawma'ah districts of Bayda province.

The source noted that more than 80 Saudi-paid mercenaries, including senior commanders, were killed or injured during the offensives. Several areas were also liberated from the grip of Saudi-backed Takfiri militants.

On Tuesday, the information minister of Yemen's National Salvation Government said the United States is fanning the flames of violence in the embattled Bayda province by mobilizing and commanding al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists against the Yemeni army forces and their allies.

“The United States, which falsely and wrongly claims to be concerned with peace in Yemen, is fueling bitter clashes in the Az Zahir district of the province,” Russia’s RT Arabic television news network quoted Dhaifullah al-Shami as saying.

He added, “The bogus peace motto, behind which countries of aggression led by the United States are hiding, is nothing but a ploy, and is meant to advance their agenda of suppressing and controlling Yemeni people.”

Over the past days, militants led by the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen have been engaged in a push to capture Bayda from the Yemeni army.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. The war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the Arab country.

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