Clashes between fighters from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Shiite Houthi rebels continued over the past several days as the two groups attempted to expand their respective advances throughout the country. After the Houthis took Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, in late September, AQAP declared an open war against the rebels and increased its operations against both the Yemeni military and the Houthis, especially in the central portion of the country.
AQAP has claimed credit for 16 attacks that took place in six Yemeni provinces between Oct. 16 – Oct. 20. Many of these attacks centered around the city of Radaa in Bayda province, where fighting between AQAP and the Houthis began in earnest on Oct. 15, when the Shiite rebels initiated an eastward offensive.
Fighting in Bayda
AQAP claimed credit for a suicide attack on Oct. 16 that targeted a Houthi gathering in the Qaa’ Fayd region located between the city of Radaa and Dhamar province to the west. The AQAP statement released the following day stated that the operation was carried out with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), or car bomb, and that “tens” of Houthis were killed and injured as a result. […]