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EXCLUSIVE: Yemen’s first commando unit carries out Marib attack

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In an exclusive interview, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent in Yemen was able to interview several members of Yemen’s first group of special commandos in Sanaa.

Al Arabiya’s Mohammed al-Arab spoke to several of the commando unit’s leaders, who came back after successfully carrying out an operation that took out several key commanders of the Houthi militias.

“We were trained by Arab coalition forces in tandem with their intelligence units. We prepared for the plans to carry out an attack against Houthi militias in Marib with the help of joint intelligence efforts from the Arab coalition forces and the Yemeni legitimate government,” Commando leader Abu Mohammed told Al Arabiya.

“We were able to approach the enemies by walking 12 km on foot toward their headquarters in Marib, specifically Sarwah, and carried out the operation by help from troops on the ground and cover from air forces above,” he added.

At least 200 fighters were involved in the planning and execution of this operation, including 40 brave men who were embedded in the front lines.

The unit that carried out this operation did not only attack and retreat, but were able to retrieve several vehicles and units belonging to the Houthi militias, including one truck that showed a picture of Mustafa Ammar al-Shami, who is a key commander of the Houthi militias.

“We were able to kill a number of key commanders of the Houthi militias, including Hussain al-Saqqaf and Mustafa Ammar al-Shami,” Abu Mohammed said.