It is not strange that the kidnapping of Saudi Deputy Consul in Aden is to be related to al-Qaida. All previous abductions in Yemen happened only to foreigners which usually end by ransom at last. Tribes have values that prevent them from doing such deeds . Further, the Saudi diplomatic interests in Yemen have an actual and standing opponent which is al-Qaida.
During the last five years, what has been remained of al-Qaida Organization is able to exploit Yemen well, hides in areas that lack security and governmental control, in addition to many social and geographic factors that help such elements to find stable place for the Organization.
However, the actual enemy of al-Qaida is not where it exists. All battles that break between the followers of the Organization and the Yemeni Forces come within the context of self-defense and as a kind of confrontation that aims at ensuring the stability of the Organization and to exhibit its power. The actual opponent of the Organization is the Kingdom. The biggest circles of defeat witnessed by the Organization was here, and the biggest hit that stroke the back of all al-Qaida's cells was also here.
Even thought, by following of the events of the Yemeni Revolution, al-Qaida Organization was able to gain more chances for strengthening its power. Its operations increased noticeably against the Yemeni Army to reach its semi-full control on some Yemeni villages and centers. Recently, the Organization declared an establishment of Islamic emirate in Shabwah Governorate. It also declared its full domination on Zenjubar since last May. The Organization was able to establish a training camp in Zindan area in Arhab District includes more than 300 persons receiving condensed trainings on heavy and medium weapons.
The Organization endeavored through the engagement of the army in the events of the Revolution to continue building a military arsenal through its capturing some equipments of the Yemeni Army. In addition to, diffusion of weapons in Yemen is a very natural matter. All this new reality makes al-Qaida Organization to head quickly to compete with time before Yemeni Authority restores its power and to come back to endeavor to control the areas that have become under the domination of al-Qaida. However, the crisis faced by the Organization is exemplified as that the Yemen Revolution makes it lose the justifications of operations performed by it inside Yemen, in addition to the pattern of change led by Youths of Yemeni Revolution which makes al-Qaida lack its legitimacy on the level of objectives and the level of existence.
Therefore, al-Qaida is facing now many public and mass rejection in Yemen as they consider it as a mere gangs breaking the law. However, Yemen does not represent to al-Qaida except an aim to make a stable land to start from which to deal with its actual opponent, which is the Kingdom, even if this leads the Organization to fall into a wide moral conflict between what it calls for and what it performs of operations.
The operation of kidnapping the Saudi Deputy Consul in Sana'a represents the most prominent step performed by the Organization against the Kingdom, but in Yemen. Since the Organization has declared in 2009 what it was so-called al-Qaida Organization in Arab Peninsula, it was not able to perform any operation in Saudi inside. Therefore, it tended towards outside Saudi personalities and interest, following a known habit in armed militias' battles which is depending on kidnapping, then negotiation.
Through its experience, the Organization understands that the Saudi state does not negotiate absolutely and does not accept to enter into negotiations with such groups, specially the demands dictated by the kidnapped Musha'l al-Shadowkhi to the Saudi Ambassador in Yemen which appeared to be even for the Organization that they wouldn't be responded to. The most prominent reply mentioned by the tongue of the Ambassador that which related to the demand of releasing some detained women and to deliver them in Yemen when he says "if they refuse to come to Yemen, what we will do for them?". The demanded replied vaguely about the demand, referring the matter to consultation of the group, which is not less oddity than delivering the required remaining wanted persons to them in Yemen.
This operation indicates the state of moral collapse of al-Qaida Organization to the degree that it does not care of marketing what it claims of thoughts and principles. All issues that the Organization boosted had fallen down. It is actually converting into a burden to Yemen.
The Deputy Consul will be released shortly and this issue will be ended, but that which will not be ended easily is the existence of the Organization in Yemen. The most prominent file that faces the Yemeni President Abdu Rabo Mansur Hadi is not only the development or poverty, but also al-Qaida, specially for the international and regional support that he enjoys for confronting this issue.