Map: Al Bayda Tribes

February 7, 2013

Al Bayda is a governorate at Sana’a’s backdoor through which primary routes connecting the capital to the southern governorates run. A city in al Bayda, Rada’a, is just 100 miles from the Yemeni capital, and remains vulnerable to militant attacks. There is concern that militants could use al Bayda as a staging ground for attacks in the capital. Al Bayda tribes such as the Awadhis or the Qayfis are not reliable allies against encroachment by militant groups al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its insurgent wing Ansar al Sharia. Awadhis have expressed resentment of the Yemeni regime and its exclusionary practices.[1] The Qayfis are unstable, and, in fact, have produced some of the leaders of Ansar al Sharia.[2]

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[1] Ahmed al Hamzi, “Rebels of al Awad tribe, between neglect of the country and an overabundance of sheikhs," Mareb Press, February 16, 2008 [Arabic]. Available: http://marebpress.net/articles.php?lng=arabic&id=3351
“Sheikh Khaled al Awadhi: it is known who in the military killed the martyr al Hamdi, and it's not the tribes like they claim,” Aden Press, September 22, 2010 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.adenpress.co.uk/index.php/2010-10-30-19-05-26/1-latest-news/425-2010-12-22-16-55-56.html
“Sheikh Khaled al Awadhi: The president killed Yemenis' dreams and destroyed their futures and his departure has become inevitable,” al Masdar Online, February 13, 2011 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.almasdaronline.net/index.php/uploads/videos/print.php?news_id=17341
[2] “Rada’a: Al Dhahab repudiates Tareq al Dhahab and his actions and promises to stand by the side of the people of the area against him,” Mareb Press, January 23, 2012 [Arabic]. Available: http://marebpress.net/news_details.php?sid=39876&lng=arabic
“Reinforcements arrive in Rada’a, and ‘al Dhahab’ to ‘al Masdar Online’: Ansar al Sharia prepared to leave the area,” al Masdar Online, February 2, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://almasdaronline.com/article/41165