Al-Houthi, Al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood... The exchange of prisoners exposes the alliance of evil and terrorism in Yemen

English - Wednesday 08 March 2023 الساعة 09:14 am
Mukalla, NewsYemen, exclusive:

The trio of evil in Yemen, "Houthi - Al Qaeda - Brotherhood", conclude prisoner exchange deals among themselves, which confirms the reality of common interests and the relationship of service and mutual benefit between these parties that tend to be violent and extremism.

During the past days, military leaders loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood in Taiz governorate concluded an undeclared prisoner exchange deal with the Houthi militia, only about two weeks after the Houthi militia concluded a similar deal with the terrorist al-Qaeda organization.

According to military sources in Taiz, a prisoner exchange operation successfully took place between military leaders from the pro-Brotherhood axis of Taiz, and another from the Houthi militia.  The success of the deal came after mediation led by Brotherhood figures who have a close relationship with the Houthis, and that relationship led to the release of a number of prisoners of the Houthi militia who were arrested in previous battles with the forces of the Taiz axis, and in return armed elements loyal to the Brotherhood who were detained in Houthi prisons were released.  .

The completion of the two deals between the Houthis, Al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood came at a time when the file of the exchange of prisoners and detainees sponsored by the United Nations between the Houthi militia and the legitimate government is witnessing a great stagnation in light of the obstacles and the continuous intransigence of the Houthi delegations participating in the meetings and gatherings related to this humanitarian file.

Sources in the government negotiation committee clarified in the file of prisoners and detainees that deals are being concluded between the army leaders and the Houthis, and the committee is not aware of any of them or the numbers being exchanged.  Noting that mediators in the Islah Party and leaders close to the Houthis are the ones who carry out these vague and undeclared deals.

Al-Qaeda, through its wing known as "Ansar al-Sharia", recently approved, in a statement issued in late February, a prisoner exchange deal with the Houthis, pledging to seek the release of all its members in prisons according to the joint cooperation between the two parties.

The "Newsyemen" website had revealed negotiations conducted by the Houthi militia and Al-Qaeda to complete a prisoner exchange deal between the two parties during January, including the release of 17 terrorists from Al-Qaeda in exchange for the release of 9 Houthi militants.  The negotiation from the al-Qaeda side is led by the leader Abdullah Ali Alawi Muzahim, nicknamed "Al-Zarqawi", while the negotiation with the Houthi side is led by the leader Muhammad Salem Al-Nakhai "Abu Anas".

The exchange of prisoners between the trio of evil and terrorism in Yemen confirms the reality of the common interests that are linked to these allied forces.  The Houthi militia is benefiting from the release of terrorist and Brotherhood elements detained in prisons under its control in order to achieve its main goals of striking the security and stability of the liberated government areas, spreading chaos and disturbing public tranquility, and obstructing constructive efforts undertaken by the government and the Presidential Leadership Council.

The Yemeni Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Mohsen Al-Daari, confirmed that the goal of the Houthi militia releasing terrorist elements from Al-Qaeda and ISIS is to direct them towards the liberated governorates, in an attempt to disturb security and stability and spread chaos.

Over the past 8 years, the Houthi militia and its allies, the Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, have concluded repeated deals, as this joint cooperation contributed to the strengthening of terrorism and extremism and the continuation of the influence of each party in the areas it controls.

Al-Houthi succeeded in exploiting Al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood to achieve his goals, by launching terrorist attacks and striking security and stability in the liberated governorates, as well as putting down the hostile fighting fronts on the Houthi and Al-Qaeda side.  While Al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood benefited from these deals and the relationship by continuing their influence over some areas and not being targeted by the Houthis and reorganizing their ranks, especially in the areas liberated from the control of the Houthi militia.

Brigadier General Thabet Hussein Saleh - a researcher, writer, and political and military analyst - confirms that cooperation between al-Qaeda and the Houthis and between al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood has been known for a long time.  Thabet said: The cooperation between these two groups is clear, and that the exchange of prisoners is the main form of cooperation.

added.  The media associated with these groups work together to incite violence, justify and conceal these crimes.

According to security information, the Houthi militia took advantage of its control over the National Security Prison and the Political Security Prison in Sana'a and other Yemeni governorates to release more than 70% of al-Qaeda members in secret exchange deals that were concluded extensively during the period between 2016 and 2022.