“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties, for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.”
Yemen is embroiled in civil war between its current internationally-recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite Houthi rebels (loyal to a former president).
“The fighting has allowed al-Qaeda and an IS affiliate to expand their reach, particularly in the south.”
Expansion into new territory is and has been a concrete operational goal of the Islamic State in increasing the caliphate.
In its most dangerous form IS has been described as a “counter-state” and “state breaker,”according to the Institute for the Study of War.
“Aden Attack: ISIS-Claimed Suicide Bombing in Yemen City Kills Dozens”, NBC News, August 29, 2016:
SANAA, Yemen — A suicide car bombing claimed by ISIS in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, officials said.
The men were at a staging area near two schools and a mosque when a pickup truck suddenly accelerated through the building’s gate as a food delivery arrived, exploding amid the crowd, witnesses said.
“Bodies and body parts are scattered all over the place,” said Mohammed Osman, a neighbor who rushed to the scene. “It was a massacre,” he said.
The death toll steadily rose through the day. By mid-afternoon, the director of Aden’s Health Ministry, Khidra Lasour, said 54 had died from the explosion. Almost 70 people were wounded, including 30 seriously, and were being treated in area hospitals.
Yemen is embroiled in a civil war pitting the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with army units loyal to a former president. The fighting has allowed al-Qaeda and an IS affiliate to expand their reach, particularly in the south.
The recruits were signing up to join a new unit the Saudis hope will ultimately be made up of 5,000 fighters. After some training, the new force will deploy to the Saudi cities of Najran and Jizan, near the border with Yemen, the officials said. The Houthis control most of northern Yemen, including the border regions and the capital, Sanaa…