The group took over Radda earlier this week and are now planing to use it for further negotiations by taking advantage of the political turmoil which has gripped Yemen. Yemeni fighters who have seized a small town in the southeast of the capital Sanaa have said “we don’t look for violence if our colleagues would be peacefully released we will withdraw the land occupied instantly.”
The fighter groups have been using the tribesmen as their mediaters for negotiating with the government have said “the fighters who took over Radda which is about 170km southeast of Sanaa agreed to leave if their leader’s brother and several others were freed.” Tareq al-Dahab one of the prominent figures as the fighter’s chief is related to Anwar al-Awlaki who is a US citizen whom Washington accused of a leadership role for Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda it is also thought that he was was assassinated in a drone strike last year.
Radda's capture have also raised US fears that political instability in Yemen due to President Ali Abdullah Saleh might also make way for al-Qaeda to take control on to the shipping routes through the Red Sea and may also spread to the world’s leading oil exporter Saudi Arabia, which may harm the direct exports of oil to US and Europe. Saleh who has formally handed over his powers to his deputy late last year to end months of mass protests and bursts of violent combats between his forces and those of a rebel generals and tribal armed groups while many locals stand confused protesting to bring peace to the country.
The deal that was suppose to solve all the problems was that Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) and opposition parties would divide the cabinet posts between them which would form a unified government that would steer the country towards presidential elections in February where Saleh or his immidiate deputies could not run for the post of President. Saleh's opponents accused him for ceding a territory to al-Qaeda related groups that Saleh’s government says that only they can keep al-Qaeda from not growing stronger in Yemen, which has been his major backings that has sabotaged his deal of giving up his powers.
Yehia al-Arasi the spokesman for Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is Yemen's acting leader and vice president dismissed the comments by Abu Bakr al-Qirbi (foreign minister) who has suggested a day earlier that elections should be delayed due to the deteriorating security. In reply to his statement "There is no scope for delaying the election because it will be conducted under the supervision of the international community," Arasi said and Qirbi later backtracked from his statement.
Washington that has long backed Saleh and his regime as key to his counterterrorism policy in the region have also shown their concern for establishing leadership favoring the West. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday “ President Saleh has failed to meet his pledges under the deal and that Washington was focused on the threat posed by al Qaeda in Yemen that doesn’t seem to be getting resolved under his rule". Only the legitemate process where Yemen's parliament has yet to vote on a law denounced by protesters demanding Saleh's ousting which would give and his associates immunity to stay in the country for the prosecution over the killing of protesters. The measure also has the cabinet's backing.
"The legitimacy of the parliament depends is the main body leading to all the actions of developing stable grounds in the country on the basis of Gulf initiative and its operational mechanism. It would have to pass the law because it is written into the Gulf initiative and should be followed to bring betterment to Yemen" Arasi said.