Yemen’s president has sacked a governor who was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department for his ties with Al Qaeda.
The presidential decree by Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi was issued on Sunday. Hadi removed the governor of the central province of al-Bayda, Nayef al-Qaysi, and named Salah al-Rassass as his replacement.
Bayda is a known Al Qaeda hotbed, and where the U.S. had carried out airstrikes and raids in the past years hunting the group’s operatives.
Al-Qaysi was classified by the U.S. as a “specially designated global terrorist” over allegations that he financed the group.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen affiliate is known, has long been seen as the global network’s most dangerous branch, and has been implicated in a number of attempted attacks on the U.S. homeland.