Four soldiers, 5 assailants killed in Yemen attack

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Yemeni armed members of a local armed resistance group, known as a Popular Committee (PC), supporting President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, sit in a pick up truck, in this March 23, 2015 photo, in Aden, southern Yemen. (AFP)
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A file photo of a Yemeni soldier (AFP)
Updated 24 October 2017
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Four soldiers, 5 assailants killed in Yemen attack

ADEN: Four Yemeni soldiers and five assailants were killed in an attack on a military base in the southern province of Abyan on Monday, a security source said.
A car rigged with explosives carrying five men pulled up to a military base in the district of Mudiya in Abyan, the source told AFP preferring anonymity.
Four men wearing explosive belts ran out of the car toward the base, but were all shot dead before they could detonate, the source said.
The vehicle then exploded outside the base, killing the driver and four soldiers from a UAE-backed contingent in the Yemeni Army. Nine soldiers were also wounded.
Yemen’s southern provinces, including Abyan, are the site of a long-running US drone war against Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has flourished in the chaos of Yemen’s civil war. The US, the only government to operate drones over the impoverished country, considers AQAP to be the radical group’s most dangerous branch and backs the UAE-trained contingent in southern Yemen.


Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

Updated 20 July 2019
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Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

  • The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh
  • This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory”

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Daesh group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.
This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks earlier and targeted the area along the border with Syria. The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have turned into an insurgency and continue to carry out deadly attacks in the country.
The military said Iraqi troops, Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the federal police and others are taking part in the operation supported by the Iraqis and the U.S-led international coalition.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi visited the operation room alongside the deputy head of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
Earlier this month, the Iraqi government moved to place the Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces. The move was believed to be an attempt to curb the powerful militias, particularly amid rising tension between Iran and the US, the power brokers in Iraq.
The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh and are a significant political force, with government ministers and 48 seats in the 329-member parliament.