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Counterterrorism Taskforce Established in Aden | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A pro-government fighter rides on a tank during clashes with Houthi insurgents in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Aden-As governorates are freed from militia-hold in Yemen, they self repair- a major number of security and judicial institutions in southern Yemen have been reinstated and are operational.

Brigadier General Saleh Mohammed Al Qamli, head of the Aden criminal investigations unit told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that local police have launched a special investigations counterterrorism unit, a first for the country.

The task force’s chief mission is to pursue suspects believed to be affiliated with the hardline terror groups such as al-Qaeda or ISIS.

Qamli explained that the counterterrorism force will also be involved with case files of criminal fugitives and will account to 80 percent of crime prevention.

Commenting on the restoration of administrative life to liberated areas, Qamli said that the return of public prosecution to work had played majorly to settling the hundreds of piled up cases at the criminal investigations unit.

The security official clarified that the headquarters of criminal investigations had been largely damaged by the oppressive war waged by insurgency militia attempting to oust legitimacy from the country.

The coup in Yemen is led by Houthi armed militants and gunmen supporting the toppled former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Criminal Investigation Unit quarters in Aden were subjected to massive destruction during the Houthi-led offensive in March 2015.

Qamli also said that leveling down the security center and vandalizing the laboratory was intentional.

He added that words fail him when attempting to elaborate on the size of damage done. Moreover, Qamli reported that all employees and agents of the security body are under continuous threats of assassinations and harm.

Qamli also lauded and held high Gulf countries for the support given to reinstate the unit, namely the Saudi-led Arab coalition. He added that the operational activity has reached average thanks to all the received assistance.