Mutiny: Gunfire at Yemen’s Special Forces Headquarters

Mutineers Demand Ouster of New Commander

Yemen has several rebellions ongoing at any given time, with the Shi’ite Houthis having taken most of the Red Sea coast, and al-Qaeda holding the country’s center. Now, the military is falling apart.

Yemen’s Special Forces headquarters in the capital city of Sanaa is now in a state of open mutiny, with gunfire reported inside and the presidential guard has cordoned off both the building and the area.

The issue is recently appointed Special Forces Commander Mohammed Mansour al-Ghadraa, who the mutineers are demanded be removed from his post and replaced. It is unclear who they want to replace him.

Speculation is that the mutineers are in some way backed by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, though this has yet to be confirmed. Saleh’s nephew Yahia Saleh was the leader of the special forces for nearly a decade before being ousted in a purge of Saleh relatives by President Hadi.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.