Update: Yemen Observer (quasi-governmental) says the two al Qaeda members, al Tais and al Ahdal, were “studying” at Dammaj: The men of whom al-Qaeda is demanding the release are Hussein al-Tais and Mash-Hoor al-Ahdal. These men were studying at Dar al-Hadith, the Wahabi religious center known for having a number of students with al-Qaeda sympathies, in Damaj area of Sa’ada province. Then the part of the AQAP statement referencing Dammaj makes more sense. But its quite odd for al Qaeda to publicly tie themselves to Dammaj. So then Hussain al Tais is a link between Dammaj, abu Jubarah, AQAP and General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar. All I need is al Zindani for a full house.
Original Post: I agree with the following article that concerns about incarcerated al Qaeda operative Hussain al Tais’s health are groundless because he is so close to the authority. At the same time the fate of Officer Ali Hosam Mohammed Saleh is worrisome because al Qaeda previously released an execution vid (sick dogs they are) of another security officer. Also its fascinating the AQAP is now claiming the right to retaliate for harassment of Dar al Hadieth (Dammaj) students. And the media previously reported that Ammar al Waeli is in Saada. But what does al Waeli have to do with this case? I think the article is saying that al Waeli and al Tais were accused in the media after the kidnapping of the Germans. And al Waeli belongs to the al Tais al Qaeda gang, which as the article notes, is often given tasks by the authorities. Maybe Ammar has Deputy Hosam at abu Jabarah. Ammar is pretty high ranking and an old timer. Its good the Mawheet tribes issued their threat/request to AQAP, because the state isn’t doing anything for Hosam. Earlier posts on this topic were updated here and here. SITE translation below the fold.
Al Eshteraki, website of the Yemeni Socialist Party: وقال البلاغ أن الحسام كان “يدير شبكات تجسس منذ 20 عاماً، وقام بترويع الناس ومداهمة بيوت الآمنين وخطف بعض طلبة العلم من دار الحديث بدماج وتغييبهم في سجون الأمن السياسي ظلما وعدوانا”.، وهو ما يجعل التهديد بإعدامه تهديد جدي كما عملت القاعدة مع رجال امن اخرين وقامت بتصوير ذلك بشرائط فديو وبطريقة اجرامية بشعة The authors (of the al Qaeda statement) state that Hussam had been “running spy networks 20 years ago, and has intimidated the people and raid homes of innocent people and the kidnapping of some students from Dar Al-Hadith Bdmaj and Ngyibhm in political security prisons unjustly and aggressively.”, Which makes the threat of being executed a serious threat as al Qaeda has worked with security men others, and has filmed bands Video heinous crime and in a manner…وقال المصدر ان الخبر لااساس له من الصحة “وان التيس وأمثاله معروفين لدى السلطة والمهام التي يكلفون بها بين الفترة والأخرى ” The source said that the news of his health groundless “and that the goat (al Tais) and his ilk are known to the Authority and the tasks assigned to them from time to time”
وكان اسم حسين التيس وعمار الوائلي قد تم تبادلهما في وسائل الإعلام لأول مرة بعد اختطاف الأطباء الألمان بصعدة قبل أن تعلن السلطة ان التيس سلم نفسه مع آخرين لأجهزة الأمن في سياق الحوار الذي تجريه الدولة مع من تسميهم بالمغرر بهم من عناصر القاعدة The goat’s (al Tais) name was Hussein, Ammar Waili were exchanged in the media for the first time after the abduction of German doctors Saada before announcing the power to ram him with others to the same security in the context of its dialogue with the State of Bamorr designated by their al-Qaeda members
Fifi is also a southern tribe. MEOL
Qaeda gives Yemen government 48 hours to release two militants in exchange of captured official.
SANAA – Al-Qaeda said it is holding a senior security official captured in north Yemen last month, and gave the government 48 hours to release two militants, the US-based SITE monitoring group reported Monday.
“If the apostate government cares for its spies, there will be no way to know the fate of this spy except by releasing the two brothers, Hussain al-Tais and Mashhour al-Ahdal, within 48 hours of issuing this statement,” SITE reported Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as saying.
The group said it is holding Saada province’s deputy director of political security Colonel Ali Mohammed Saleh al-Hussam, who was kidnapped near his home on August 26.
“According to the confessions of the captive” Hussam, the two Al-Qaeda militants were captured by northern Shiite rebels who handed them over to Sadaa’s political security director, AQAP said.
The authenticity of the statement could not immediately be verified.
In another statement posted on jihadist forums on Sunday, SITE said Al-Qaeda denied that the government had arrested several of its members in the southern city of Loder, saying that only one had been captured.
“Every day the Yemeni government’s media outlets issue false news… proclaiming new made up victories to cover their shame (and) weaknesses… after it became clear to everyone that the blows of the mujahedeen (holy fighters) all over the country became very successful,” said AQAP.
The regime’s claims aim to make “themselves look better in the sight of their masters, the American crusaders,” it said.
After fierce fighting between troops and suspected Al-Qaeda militants, the government said its security services had arrested 14 alleged Al-Qaeda members in Loder, including a leader named as Salah al-Dabani.
“The truth is that they captured one of the brothers, namely, brother Jaabir al-Fifi… who was on a jihadi mission,” Al-Qaeda said.
At least 33 were killed in the Loder clashes — 19 militants, 11 soldiers and three civilians — according to an AFP tally based on official and medical sources.