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Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr. Reuters

London- “Al-Qaeda sleeper cells in Arabian Peninsula woke up to the victory achieved by the legal government and the Arab Coalition as well as international changes including the new U.S. stance towards the Iranian policy and its allies in the region,” commented Yemeni writer Najib Ghallab on the latest movements of the terrorist organization in Yemen.

Residents of Lawdar district took action on Saturday and killed at least 23 members who tried to take over some security locations in the city.

Abdul Latif al-Sayed, an official in “Security Belt Forces”, said that the organization members took the bodies of their militants after their losses. He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the group’s attempt to storm into the town of Ahwar was also foiled.

“They spread chaos in the liberated regions to confuse the military scene that will liberate Sana’a soon with the advance of the army and resistance,” added Sayed.

Furthermore, Ghallab warned of repeating the Syria scenario through exploiting terrorist groups to run the battles. He explained that the new U.S. approach has pushed the rebels to publicize themselves and to claim that of the biggest danger in Yemen is “al-Qaeda”.

In Aden, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher addressed relevant ministries, leadership of the fourth military zone and the local authority in Abyan to provide the required security equipment and tools, affirming that the government will not hesitate to perform its duties in combating terrorist members under any cover or name, especially the Houthi and Saleh militias.

PM stressed that an urgent security plan should be set to foil any attempt for terrorist members to spread in Abyan again.

“Fighting al-Qaeda will most probably impact the ‘legitimacy’ in some regions”, added Yemeni writer Ghallab as he warned that the insurgents are taking advantage of al-Qaeda.