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Abdullatif Al-Sayed Bafaqih is a Southern Yemenite Abyani warlord, who played a major role during the wars against Al-Qaeda after 2012 in
Abdullatif Al-Sayed
Allegiance Independent (2000s-2011)
ShababFlag.svg AQAP (2011)
Yemen President Hadi (2011-2015)
Flag of South Yemen.svg Southern Movement (2011-present)
Years of service 2000s-present
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held Popular Committees (2011-present)
Al-Hizam forces in Zinjibar and Khanfar (2016-2017)
Rapit deployment force (2017-present)

Yemeni Civil War

Abyan Governorate. He joined AQAP for a short period of time during 2011, before defecting from the group the same year, joining the forces of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, and later, joining the Southern Movement.[1]

War against Al QaedaEdit

When Al-Qaeda came to Zinjibar in early 2011, Sayed joined AQAP, as he was close to an AQAP commander in Abyan, named Abu Ali al-Hadrami. During the Battle of Zinjibar, he defected from AQAP, and his millitia joined president Hadi's forces. He came in direct confrontation with al-Hadrami, as he was surrounded in his home village from Al-Hadrami's forces. Later, when the government launched the 2012 Abyan offensive, he battled his former commander, Abu Hamza al-Zinjibari, AQAP's Emir of Abyan, after a planned meeting gone wrong. During that period, he formed the Popular Committees, numbering about 7,000 fighters, which was backed from Hadi. At that point, he was the de facto ruler of Abyan, as all the Hadi loyal police and soldiers in the province, were under his command.[2][3]

After 2012 war with AQAPEdit

After the 2012 war, he survived multiple assassination attempts by AQAP, losing more than 50 family members to the group, and one eye and partially a hand during these attempts. At some point in after 2012, he was ranked a Brigadier General.[4][5][6][7][8] In 2015, he was ousted by AQAP during the Fall of Zinjibar and Jaar, and fled to Aden. AQAP putted an arest warrant for him offering seven milion Yemeni rials in his head.[9] During the Abyan conflict, his forces were largely ingrainded to the Al-Hizam, a force backed by United Arab Emirates and the Southern Transitional Council. In April 2017, he resighned from his post as commander of Zinjibar and Khanfar, and took command of the Hizam's Rapid Deployment Force.[10][11]



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