In support of the war unleashed by the “Common Arab Force”, Saudi Arabia’s initiative in Yemen against the supporters of former President Saleh and the Houthis, Al-Qaeda has reconstituted the former sultanate of Qu’aiti in the Arabic Peninsula (AQPA).
The Sultanate, which disappeared in 1966, was established around the ports of Mukalla and Shihr. Today, the Islamic Emirates of Mukalla has been made wealthy from war treasures worth at least 1.4 billion dollars and collects at least 2 million dollars worth of taxes daily. Reuters considers that Al-Qaeda would have at least a billion fighters in Mukalla.
Thus going forward, Al-Qaeda controls at least 600 km of the coastline from the exit of the Gulf of Aden, through which a third of global oil crosses. Identically, today Al-Qaeda controls the boundary line between Israel and Syria, replacing the UN Forces.
“How Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger – and richer”, Yara Bayoumy, Noah Browning & Mohammed Ghobari, Reuters, April 8, 2016.