The United States Department of State issued statement on Saturday August, 3 condemning the AQAP and Houthi attacks in South Yemen.

Two attacks which claimed more than 40 soldiers including the Security Belt Commander Abu Alyamamah happened on Thursday August 1. The first attack at the Sheikh Othman Police station killed 11 officers, was claimed by Islamic State in Yemen. The other attack took place during a military parade in Buriaqa Aden, it was claimed by the Iran backed Houthi rebels.

The other attacks took place in Abyan province, South Yemen, when AQAP attacked a Security Belt base in Almahfad District killing 19 Security Belt officers, and then another attack by AQAP targeted the convoy of a Security belt commander injuring 5 of his officers.

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued the following statement.

The United States strongly condemns the attacks carried out August 1 and 2 in southern Yemen.  We extend our deepest condolences to families of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.

Attacks such as these by the Iranian-backed Houthis, ISIS, or al-Qa’ida are unacceptable.  It is critical that Yemenis work with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths toward a political settlement that ends the conflict and brings peace, prosperity, and security to Yemen.

The Vice President of the Southern Transitional Council Sheikh Hani Binbrek responded to the statement by thanking the United States and vowed to continue fighting terrorism in all of its forms.

Author, political and military analyst Nader Uskowi also reacted to the State Department statement on Twitter.
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