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“Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout, Yemen”

Filed under: Hadramout, Military, Security Forces, mil restrucuturing, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:23 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014

Update: This article (which I did not write) is reprinted from the Hadramout Tribal Coalition website and can be found at

The following article asserts that significant parts of the Yemeni military in Hadramout simultaneously operate as an organized crime syndicate and an incubator for al Qaeda. The configuration is not unusual in Yemen where military fiefdoms spawn local tyrants, loyal jihaddis and unchecked smuggling networks. While some vital security sector reforms have been instituted, like biometric identity cards, dislodging these nodes of criminality is essential to integrating the entire military within an overt command and control structure focused on the security of Yemeni citizens.

Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout

Hadramout has not experienced any kind of smuggling such as drug trafficking, arms smuggling and human trafficking in its history like it has now. Unfortunately, Hadramout became unable to maintain its well known a safe and a security place and great values anymore, and it became the home of all kinds of smugglings. Due to Hadramout’s position and to its wide borders, it was and still used to be the station of smuggling into neighboring countries. With time expansion, another task was added to Hadramout which is converting it into an incubator for armed groups (Al-Qaeda) to serve the main purpose of the Big Mafia in the Republic of Yemen (RoY).

The beginning of this story goes back to the 1994 war and the arrival of the armed groups of Mujahedeen to Hadramout coast, who took part against the war on communism (Southern Forces). This decision was taken by the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, his brother from a different father, through recruiting those Mujahedeen and they were officially numbered and turn them into a brigade called Brigade 27 Mika ( Mika means Mechanical). Staff Gen. of this brigade since its start is Abdulaziz Makaleh Al Zindani(عبدالعزيز المقالح الزنداني ), one of Al-Qaeda militants and a cousin of Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani(عبد المجيد الزنداني). With the establishment of this brigade, smuggling and terrorism were strongly started. Its network was strongly developed since then, and is threaded from the coast of Hadramout all the way to the neighboring countries, and even inside some of neighboring territory.

The Brigade 27 Mika site is not in one place, but it spreads gradually from the coast and all the way to the neighboring countries to secure the borders for mainly smuggling and terrorism!! The Brigade 27 Mika consists of five battalions, and they are located in strategic positions with functions as follows:

1- Coast Guard Battalion: It is the one that insures all landings of contraband materials from outside RoY, and it secures all the smuggling of fuel and crude oil from Hadramout by ships to the international black market.

2- Battalion 4: a battalion stationed in the Al Dabah area(الضبه), the official crude oil export port. This battalion led by Mujahid Alkotaiba (مجاهد القطيبي) and it is the smuggling and terrorism operation room. It coordinates with local smugglers, some Local Fish Associations, and international smugglers; and it also protect trafficking along the pipeline into the valley.

3- Oil Companies Protection Battalion: This battalion has 2 tasks: the first one is to protect the collection of illegal dues from the oil companies which is amounted about a quarter of a billion dollars a year; and this amount goes directly to the Oil Mafia as cost of protection, as many press and government reports mentioned this many times, without being remitted to the state treasury. The second task is to secure the lines of smuggling in the middle of the valley and make sure they are not exposed to the obstacles. The person in charged of this battalion is Mohammad Qahm (محمد القحم) regardless of the change of the well know and the highly corrupted battalion commander in a year or so, i.e. Ahmed Al Tharab( ‏احمد الضراب).

4. TOTAL Protection Battalion: TOTAL contributes part of strengthening this network, intentionally or unintentionally, through forming alliance with the traditional power and Oil Mafia to protect them and thus protect the smuggling network.

5. Al Suwairi (السويري) Battalion: This battalion was initially created as a training camp for the Mujahedeen and for the returnees from Afghanistan which follows Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar commands directly. Later on, this Mujahedeen camp was turned into a Mujahedeen battalion which follows Brigade 27 Mika.

The elimination of the smuggling and terrorism threats to Hadramout and to neighboring countries starts with the removing of Brigade 27 Mika away from Hadramout and the dismissal of the battalion’s effective leaders of Brigade 27 and other effective members and Mujahedeen.

By Mohammed Al Haddar

Yemen’s AQAP and the convicted Sami Dayan estranged

Filed under: Abyan, arrests, assassination, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:18 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014

IN the 2009 battle in Jaar, two aspects of jihaddists were fighting each other. Locals and Sami Dayan were on one side, that was clear. AQAP was on the other. I characterized it at the time as local jihaddists verses those from outside and mostly from Marib. Apparently AQAP expelled Sami from Jaar during their takeover and fatwa’d him

The following article says that Sami Dayan and AQAP remained estranged, and covers other important elements of Sami Dayan’s life and seemingly bogus conviction for the murder of the heroic anti- al Qaeda fighter, General Qatan. While AQAP are brutal tyrants and terrorist murderers, they are also a more reliable source than the Yemeni government. When AQAP makes a statement, like they had no connection to him, its most often true. Interestingly Sami Dayan is the nephew of dialoging Judge Hamoud al Hittar (no guilt by association, just mentioning).

The article also says the kidnapping of the Saudi consul was orchestrated with support from state actors (actors who belong to the state apparatus, not on behalf of the state.) who became panicked when the Consul was sold to AQAP who wouldn’t release him for ransom as ordered. Dovetailing with this is the statement by his family that Sami was mediating on behalf of authorities for the Consul’s release and received a large sum of money prior to his arrest.

Also his 15 year sentence is odd and an anomaly. According to the penal code, it should have been more. The normal deal for those who go to jail “for the good of the country” is to serve half the term, if that much.

Yafe news reprinted: Yafa News: Facts and uncover secrets about Sammy and Diane kidnapping and killing of the Saudi Consul General Cotton
Yafa News – particularly in conjunction with the case of Sami Diane is a young man in the three and twenty-year-old was born in Jaar in Abyan province, arrested him Yemeni authorities on June 21, 2012 AD Aden. He was transferred directly to Sanaa aboard a private plane, brought him directly to the U.S. embassy and then moved to a house President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. He is accused by the Yemeni authorities of involvement in most of the operations that targeted officers security in Aden and its suburbs and numbered (41). An officer for more than a year ago, also spoke recently, security sources for his involvement in the abduction of the Saudi consul Abdullah al-Khalidi, and involvement in the assassination of Martyr Brigade Salem Cotton (Katan), commander of the southern military.

However that there is a witness Sami Diane several times wearing a weapon and touring in several places in the provinces of Lahj, Aden and Abyan. The controversy that has prevailed between the leaders of Ansar al-Sharia and Sami Diane recently during their control of Abyan province, they expelled Sami Diane from his home in Jaar, which was confirmed by news journalist then making Sami Diane resort to a mountainous area Baaf. Al Qaeda issued a statement after the arrest of Diane denied it any connection betweem Sami Diane and al-Qaeda, which confirms that the points of a window had been working on the exploitation of stupidity Diane for the implementation of their criminal operations and cancel relevant about Diane, who has not attained the age of more than twenty-three years. (Read on …)

Sami Dayan wrongfully convicted of the assassination of General Qatan?

Either it was murder for hire or someone just picked the nearest jihaddi stooge as a scapegoat, and Sami Dayan was near to certain top Yemeni officials. General Qatan was a very effective leader in the battles against AQAP in Abyan. Knowing who really arranged his murder would indicate where powerful support for al Qaeda exists in the current official state structure.

Googlish, Arabic below Yafa News:

The importance of the subject, and to coincide with a court ruling today, incarcerating him for 15 years, accused of the assassination of the martyr brigade “Salem Cotton” .. re “young News” publication of excerpts from achieving previously published, about the character, “Sami Diane” and accused him of the murder of “cotton” and the kidnapping of the Saudi consul “Abdullah al-Khalidi,” as we publish a message father “Sammy” judge “preferred Diane,” which he sent to the site after the arrest, “his son.”

Who is Sami Diane …?

Is (Sami Awad Abed Rabbo preferred Diane) was born in February 1988 m in Jaar, Abyan province, Yemeni authorities arrested him on June 21, 2012 in Aden, for the assassination of Major General “Cotton”. (Read on …)

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