Aden-Abyan Islamic Army
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|Aden-Abyan Islamic Army|
|جيش عدن أبين الإسلامي
Participant in Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen
|Leaders||Zein al-Abideen al-Mehdar †|
|Area of operations||Southern Yemen|
|Part of||Al-Qaeda Emirate in Yemen|
|Battles and wars||Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen|
The Aden-Abyan Islamic Army (Arabic: جيش عدن أبين الإسلامي) is an Islamist militant group based in southern Yemen, led by Zein al-Abideen al-Mehdar (also known as Abu El-Hassan El-Mohader). The group was responsible for attacks on Yemeni socialists prior to the 1993 parliamentary elections and the kidnapping of 16 foreign tourists in December 1998 in Abyan, in which four hostages and two kidnappers where killed, whilst the rest were either rescued or captured by Yemeni government forces after they attacked the place where the hostages were being held. The Aden-Abyan Islamic army was also believed by some experts[who?] to have been involved in the 2000 USS Cole bombing in Aden. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by Canada and the United Kingdom.
The group is thought to have organized in southern Yemen in the mid 1990s, with members that include veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Their stated mission is to "promote jihad in the fight against secularism in Yemen and other Arab States; to establish an Islamic government in Yemen".
- Pike, John. "Aden-Abyan Islamic Army". www.globalsecurity.org.
- "Islamic Army of Aden (IAA) - Mackenzie Institute". Mackenzie Institute. 7 January 2016.
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