According to residents of al-Mukalla, the city surrendered almost without a fight: the fighters of "al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP) voluntarily left their positions. It is reported that they tried to raise the inhabitants of the cities to fight "invaders", but then left this idea. The result entered the town about two thousand soldiers from Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. They built on a network of checkpoints.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the peaceful retreat of the terrorists from the city contributed to the negotiators from the ranks of the Muslim clergy. It is known that after the capture of the city, the leadership of AQAP even appealed to the Central authorities of Yemen for permission to produce oil and export it, listing part of the income to the capital, but at the conclusion of this transaction has been denied.

In Yemen for several years civil war continues. One of the belligerents are armed wing of housetop, the Shiite movement "Ansar Allah", and loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of the army, the other troops expelled their Sunni President Abd-rabbu Mansour Hadi and the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia. AQAP enjoys the chaos and pursuing its own goals.

At the beginning of last year, the rebels seized Sana'a and launched an attack on the South. After a few months cosity took the strategically important port city of Aden, Yemen after the President fled to Saudi Arabia.

At the end of March 2015 led by Riyadh, the coalition launched a military campaign against the rebels with the aim of returning to power Hadi. The expeditionary force was able to recapture Aden, now, with varying degrees of success. Iran announced the military operation the coalition of genocide. According to the UN, victims of the conflict began more than six thousand people.