Slain Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s half-brother Brigadier Ali Saleh al-Ahmar has joined coalition forces supporting legitimacy and fighting Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.
During a meeting with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in his place of residence in Riyadh, attended by vice-president Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, Saleh’s half brother announced he joined coalition forces supporting legitimacy in Yemen.
The Yemeni president welcomed al-Ahmar’s move, stressing that the country’s unity is essential to confront Iran-allied Houthis.
This is the first meeting between Hadi and one of late Saleh’s relatives since the latter was killed at the hands of Houthis in Sanaa in early December last year after he turned against the Shia militia.
Earlier this month, al-Ahmar escaped from Houthi controlled Sanaa and reached the Marib governorate then headed to Riyadh.
Al-Ahmar was previously the commander of the Republican Guard, and also served as the head of the office of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces where he stayed until the fall of Saleh’s regime in 2011.