General Ali Salem Al Hareyz is pictured here with some select soldiers in Al Mahrah Governate, Yemen, while on a training exercise. He is raising a tribal army to fight against Saudi Arabia. He claims they are occupying his country and stealing the sovereignty of his people – something he won’t stand for.
Yemeni Tribal Warriors
In Al Mahrah Governate, eastern Yemen, a rogue military general is raising a tribal army to fight against Saudi Arabia. He claims they are occupying his country and stealing the sovereignty of his people — something he won’t stand for. The general himself is a bold character; he lives in a luxury caravan equipped with satellite TV and Air Conditioning in the middle of the desert and is just as proud of his herd of camels as he is the militia he is amassing. He told us Riyadh attempted to buy him off with $4.5 million in cash – they bought it in suitcases to his camp. We saw hundreds of men loyal to the general, they claim thousands more from tribes across the east of the country. They often roam the province in huge convoys of fifty or more vehicles, weapons cocked, in an effort to intimidate Saudi Arabian troops. The rhetoric is fierce, Al Mahra govenorate is a tinderbox, an insurgency seems imminent.