Syria hands over Aden-Abyan Army member [Archives:2006/997/Front Page]

November 9 2006

By: Yemen Times Staff
SANA'A, Nov. 8 ) Syrian authorities have handed over a member of the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, a terrorist organization, who was arrested while attempting to cross into Iraq via the Syrian border, media sources reported Wednesday.

Wade'e Hamid Al-Dawlah and three other Aden-Abyan Islamic Army members traveled to Iraq in February 2006 to fight U.S. troops there. But while there, Al-Dawlah differed with his accomplices about using themselves as bombs to kill Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq, refusing to blow himself up to kill Shi'ites.

Al-Dawlah confirmed that he went to Iraq to fight the U.S., whereas the other three blew themselves up amid Shi'ite congregations. After confiscating all of his personal documents, Iraqi groups forced Al-Dawlah to the Iraqi-Syrian border, where Syrian authorities arrested him and subsequently handed him over to Yemen.

“A group of 14 Aden-Abyan Islamic Army members traveled to Iraq in 2004 to fight the occupiers there,” Al-Shoura Net reported Wednesday. A source said the entire group was killed, except for two, who returned to Yemen and were imprisoned until 2006.

Al-Dawlah's family urges security to release him, as he's been detained for months. The family says he shouldn't have been imprisoned since he refused to engage in terrorist acts in Iraq.

In this past Monday's issue, Al-Ayyam newspaper reported that Yemeni teenager Riyadh Khalid Ba Odha was killed fighting against U.S. forces during confrontations between U.S. troops and armed men in the Iraqi city of Anbar.

The newspaper mentioned that Nasser Mohammed Ba Odha, one of his relatives living in Shabwa, confirmed that the teen had traveled to Iraq with a group of jihadists a week before this past Ramadan began and had participated in numerous operations against U.S. and multinational troops in Iraq until he and several others were killed on October 22.

Ba Odha further noted that four of the teen's cousins are being jailed at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. detention center.

According to various media, more than 500 Yemeni youths have joined the Iraqi resistance against occupation forces; however, official sources haven't confirmed such information.