The Americans say they support Hadi, but in reality their acts are very likely to undermine the legitimacy of the already embattled Yemeni President.
They hail Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi as a more cooperative president than his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh, who left a heavy legacy for his former deputy.
But his this very cooperation makes Yemeni people increasingly think that he is losing the country's sovereignty and making the civilians potential targets of attacks that lack high accuracy in hunting intentional preys.
The new-elected leader's agreement to have the US signature attacks surged has now resulted in civilian casualties; an additional favor Mr. Hadi undoubtedly does not need.
Many locals in the war-torn southern province of Abyan do believe that the Qaeda-tied militants are good people who always fulfill their promises, do not lie and help justice and "security" prevail in areas they control.
This was evident when the Ansar Sharia set free the 73 soldiers; before the release relatives of detainees said they were sure that the group would honor its word "as usual", and later the unfastened soldiers made it clear that they would never fight the ones who treated them kindly.
Irrespective of what the reality of terrorists is, what matters is how the local residents perceive this network, which currently has several assets to invest on – absence of effective central authority, anti-American sentiment among the conservative Yemeni people, grievances, etc and still the mistakenly killing of locals.
Against such backdrop, citizen deaths would not only strengthen the belief among local communities, but would also justify the intention to join the terrorist organization