Al Qaeda returns to Abyan
By Nasser Arrabyee, 14/12/2012
Today Thursday, a total of 80 fightersn arrived in Al Al Mahfad coming from the eastern province of Mareb where the army is launching a war against Al Qaeda and loyal tribesmen after they killed about 17 soldiers including the commander of middle region.
On Wednesday, local sources said that the top leader of Al Qaeda in Arabian Penisular (AQAP), Nasser Al Wahaishy arrived in Al Mahfad along with 50 fighters.
Trying to restore the contol over Abyan, two check points around Al Mahfad under the control of Anti-AlQaeda popular committees were attacked today Thursday, said sources.
Earlier in the day, the head of popular committees in the neighboring province of Lahj survived an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda suspects who threw a hand grenade to his car burning it completely.
Back on May and June of this year, the governemnt troops and tribesmen drove out Al Qaeda from Zinjubar and Jaar of Abyan after being declared Taliban-style Emirates for more than year.