Yemen is in the midst of bloody civil war between Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels and forces associated with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, but now a new threat has struck the war-torn country.
In a video posted online Friday, the Iraq-based Islamic State states it is establishing a new arm of the organization in Yemen
Declaring its official presence in the country, the Sunni Islamic State threatens to “cut the throats” of the Shitte Houthi rebels.
The nine-minute video depicts around two dozen ISIS terrorists in full military gear training in a desert area, which they claim is near Yemen’s capital Sanaa, news site RT reported.
Terrorists carry AK-47s, heavy machine guns and RPGs, which they fire in the clip.
Afterwards, a man, who appears to be the commander of the group, sticks the notorious black ISIS flag into the sand and announces that “soldiers of the Caliphate” have arrived to “cut the throats” of the Houthis.
“We have come to Yemen to slaughter you, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied,” the ISIS commander continued.
He then called on all Sunni men in Yemen to join Islamic State’s battle against the Houthis.
According to an Al-Sharq Al-Awsat report on Monday, ISIS has indeed increased its presence in the east of the country and is aiming to mobilize supporters against the Shiite militia which controls most of the country’s major provinces.