Until Misha'l al-Shadokhi, a Saudi in al-Qaeda organization wanted by the Saudi security made a telephone call, it wasn't known who kidnapped the Deputy Saudi Consul from the Yemeni Aden Governorate.
Abdullah al-Khalidi had been kidnapped three weeks ago amid serious conditions that Yemen is now living, and that are considered to be the worst within the past half century. It is torn by an insurgency that is announced by the relatives and loyalists of the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the desire of the Houthis to expand their control in addition to the southern separatists who want to build their state, exploiting the difficulty of the birth of the new regime in Sana'a.
The most serious of all is the war waged by al-Qaeda, which occupied Loder city, where it was forcibly driven out from it, and then it went into other villages of Abyan Governorate and other areas.
Although the war against the organization is out of media coverage, however it is continuing on daily basis. About a week ago two hundred of the organization members had been killed. Before that three of al-Qaeda were also killed in an air strike that targeted them, which is thought to be an American operation.
The organization hit back by killing four of the Yemeni soldiers on the next day. Al-Qaeda had moved to Yemen with hundreds of its militants from Afghanistan, Iran and Somalia, where they had suffered consecutive defeats there. This is in addition to the Saudis who fled after their defeat there.
There could be wonder over all these details, but they are a reminder of a growing risk. Some Yemeni analysts belittle the problem, thinking that al-Qaeda is a façade that is fabricated by the loyalists of the former deposed President for instigating chaos in Yemen. I agree with them that the former President and his groups seek to create anarchy, although this may be a great folly, because it could make them lose everything at the end.
Al-Qaeda is not a scarecrow but a reality. It is now spreading in Yemen exploiting the weakness of the central authorities, where the kidnapping of the Saudi diplomat represents a whistle blower to all, in its new issue, which is Yemen. It is no more Afghanistan or Pakistan. The Yemenis will not be able to get rid of this cancer unless they knew its seriousness and fight it as a real organization that is able to expand, depending on its extremis religious thought in recruitment and fund raising, with the external support such as Iran, which has expanded its activity within its policy of cracking down on its opponents such Saudi Arabia, and their attempts to control Yemen.
Although we know from the previous experience that whatever new grounds the organization gains, it will fail in the end to establish a state, however it can be able to succeed in the destruction of the land. Because of this organization, Afghanistan had been burnt and Pakistan which is a great county is still in chaos because of it. Al-Qaeda caused wars whose parties are Iran, USA and dozens of other different countries and it is still continuing today. This is what we fear in Yemen, that it will change into a land of unending wars.
In light of the weakness of the central authorities, the tribe in Yemen has a vital role in stability. They may be the local long arm for al-Qaeda deterrence and for driving it away, at a time when the armed forces are weakened by the several confrontations. All should know the importance of the rapid support to the central authority so as to block the way in the face of Yemen disintegration.