“AL-Mahfad” battel. How did al-Qaeda occupy it and liberate it in two hours without any casualties!

“AL-Mahfad” battel. How did al-Qaeda occupy it and liberate it in two hours without any casualties!


Gunmen believed to be from al-Qaeda attacked at dawn on Friday a main center belonging to local forces supported by the United Arab Emirates in al-Mahfad district southeast of abyan province in the south of the country, and took control for a short time, but units of the forces of "Rapid Intervention" in the central area attacked al-Qaeda gunmen and regained control of the site.

A local source told "Al-Masdar Online" that soldiers of the security belt forces were killed in the attack, but there is a conflict in the reports of the final toll of the dead and wounded in the attack, which comes the day after a bloody day in Aden, which killed 49 soldiers of the police of Sheikh Osman and members of the logistics and support forces ( Security belt) following two separate attacks targeting the two sites with a car bomb, a drone and a medium-range missile, respectively.

Two security sources and a third local sources who spoke to Al-Masdar Online denied that soldiers had been killed, but one of them said that one soldier was wounded in the attack.

"Al-Masdar online" continued with several local sources to confirm the deaths in the clashes in the market and some sources talked about the fall of at least 10 soldiers between dead and wounded, but "Al-Masdar Online", did not get names or pictures of any of the dead, and any of the media that published figures for the dead and wounded did not publish any confirmation of this, and when the sun came up, the conditions in the Market of Al-Muhafed had returned to normal, and vehicles belonging to the security belt had set up a point again on the road to secure the place, and only the remnants of a military vehicle belonging to the security belt forces were burned down and another car was destroyed. And a car of administrative and financial affairs officer in the same forces was hit by the attackers' fire.

How the camp of security belt falls and restored. How did that happen?

A local source told Al-Masdar Online that militants believed to be linked to al-Qaeda launched a large-scale attack with light and medium weapons on the headquarters of the security belt forces in the center of al-Mahfad directorate and took control of the site about an hour after Mutual clashes.

The source said that Al-Qaeda took control of the headquarters of the security belt forces at about 2:00 a.m. after the withdrawal of soldiers of the security belt forces after the end of ammunition and bullets and delayed arrival of reinforcement in addition to the interruption of means of communication with the command center of the security belt forces.

The source said that the militants of the organization remained in control of the main headquarters of the security belt forces in Wadi Al-Khayala for about an hour and a half, before the arrival of military reinforcements of the rapid intervention forces in the central area, which led to renewed clashes between the group's militants and soldiers of the rapid intervention forces but the latter succeeded in expelling the militants from the site after clashes involving light and medium weapons.

According to the local source familiar with the attack, and identical sources from local residents who spoke to "Al-Masdar Online", the rapid intervention forces arrived in Al- Mahfad at about 3:00 a.m., and began attacking the site before controlling it after about 20 minutes after the withdrawal of Al-Qaeda elements to some nearby valleys and mountains.

The sources said that al-Qaeda elements did not survive the second clash after they exhausted all their energy and strength as well as the ammunition in their possession in the first attack, which led to their control of the headquarters of the security belt forces in Al- Mahfad.

According to the sources, al-Qaeda operatives were seen running away on motorcycles outside the security headquarters, but local sources in Al- Mahfad said that it was possible that al-Qaeda elements would resort to some valleys and mountains in al- Mahfad district, which is suspected of harboring suspected members of the radical group.

The sources said that there are stains and traces of blood in the same road from which the members of the organization withdrew outside the headquarters of the security belt forces, indicating the possibility of deaths and injuries among its members, but the organization does not tend to mention its human losses in attacks carried out by its members.

The reasons for the fall of the security belt headquarters?

A security source in the security belt forces in Abyan, who declined to be named, told "Al-Masdar Online" that the leaders of the security belt at the main command center in Abyan ignore the demands of the security forces in the sector of al-Mahfad regarding support issues, which in turn led, he said, to exploit the situation of al-Mahfad sector by the organization and has been used to launch its latest attack on the headquarters of the security belt forces in the directorate.

He told Al-Masdar online  that security leaders in Al- Mahfad have been fighting the organization for four years, but the failure, which he described as continuing by the leadership of the security belt in Abyan, has led to a deterioration of security in the directorate.

The source said, that the security belt forces did not provide the necessary support to the security belt forces in al- Mahfad in terms of strengthening the headquarters with more soldiers since the number currently in the headquarters is not enough with the headquarters exposed to continuous security threats, adding that there is a lack of passing of support with weapons and trained personnel for the sector of the Mahfad.

A local source told "Al-Masdar Online" that al-Qaeda succeeded in taking control of the headquarters of the security belt forces about half an hour after the start of its attack on the site, taking advantage of the weakness of military fortifications, in addition to a shortage of soldiers and the absence of means of coordination and reconnaissance with security barriers that exist in The perimeter of the directorate center.

The source said that the majority of the soldiers, who are supposed to play a role to defend the headquarters, were distributed at checkpoints in the directorate, but said that these security points lack the means of surveillance and reconnaissance, which helped the militants of the organization to overcome them in many of the operations witnessed by the directorate.


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