Al-Fadhali appeals to lift his siege
[Yemen Post] A tribal leader and a former jihadist in Afghanistan, Tariq Al-Fadhali, has appealed to lift a siege laid to him by fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Abyan.
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...

Al-Fadhali told Al-Masdar Online that the siege resulted in suffering to his family, dubbing it as illegal.

He reiterated that fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees still surround his home, appealing to help him bring food and medicine to his family.

Sources of PRC told Al-Masdar Online that al-Fadhali is still under the siege and that they will allow a doctor to go to al-Fadhali's house.

Fighters of PRC have been surrounding al-Fadhali inside his home since last Monday and accusing him of affiliation to Al-Qaeda. A tribal leader of Abyan, Tariq Al-Fadhali, was given a 24 ultimatum to surrender himself after fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees encircled him inside his house in Zinjibar of Abyan.

Al-Fadhali who returned to Zinjibar on Monday after military commanders helped him to come back insisted that he would not surrender himself.

He had left Zinjibar of Abya after festivities escalated between the army and al-Qaeda cut-throats in last June.

Military sources said that the commander of the 115th brigade was suspended on ground of allowing al-Fadhali to return to Abyan.

Al-Fadhali, who is a son of a former sultan of Abyan, is accused of inciting against leaders and cadres of the Yemeni Socialist Party.

The General Secretariat of YSP had dubbed him as al-Qaeda terrorist and asking the authorities to swiftly arrest and prosecute him.

Posted by: Fred 2012-11-10