New video released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula purports to show the capture of a Yemeni army camp. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Fighters from the al Qaeda affiliated Ansar al-Sharia militant group had taken control of an army base housing a brigade in southern Yemen, a video posted on the internet purported to show. The heavily produced video, showing strikes on the target and fighters positioned inside the camp afterwards, was posted on the group's Twitter on Friday (March 13). The attack was said to have taken place on February 12. The footage showed an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) military official explaining the plan of battle, followed by attacks on the camp, including a suicide bombing by an al Qaeda fighter. The video ends with various spoils of war taken from the army camp, including a large quantity of heavy and light guns and ammunition. There was no official comment from the government or the military on the claim. Residents and local news sites reported that the base in the southern province of Shabwa fell in heavy clashes after a siege lasting several hours. Shabwa is a stronghold of al Qaeda and like-minded militants. Ansar al-Sharia in previous years took advantage of Yemen's political chaos and unrest to seize entire districts and towns before being pushed back by the army. Yemen is in the middle of a huge upheaval as the Houthis, a Shi'ite Muslim militia which is an arch enemy of Yemen's Sunni Islamist militants, consolidate their grip on power after sidelining the central government.