Four dead as Yemen troops clash with Al-Qaeda

Yemeni men and security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden, in this November 5, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Four dead as Yemen troops clash with Al-Qaeda

ADEN: Two soldiers and two terrorists were killed in clashes Friday as Emirati-backed Yemeni forces seized an Al-Qaeda foothold in the country’s south, security sources said.
Militants fled to nearby mountains after the clashes in Al-Hawtah district of Shabwa province, said a Yemeni officer.
He said Apache helicopters belonging to the UAE — a key member of a Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen — then strafed the mountains where the terrorists had fled.
“We entered Al-Hawtah after clashes with the terrorists and now we’re stationed in several locations... We are in total control of the area,” the officer said.
The UAE has been playing a key role in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, launched in 2015 to roll back Houthi militia gains but which has expanded to counter militant advances.
Al-Qaeda has flourished in the chaos of Yemen’s civil war and in August, Emirati-trained Yemeni special forces launched a US-backed operation against the group, also the target of a long-running US drone campaign.
Yemeni forces have brought Shabwa province largely under government control, though Al-Qaeda is known to make tactical retreats to mountain refuges, only to resurface.
Houthi militias still occupy one district of Shabwa as well as the neighboring province of Baida, the capital Sanaa and most of northern Yemen.


Yemeni security forces kill 2 Al-Qaeda leaders in Abyan

A Yemeni fighter loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president stands next to an army Toyota pickup truck as it lies in hole on the road leading to Khaled Ibn Al-Walid base, 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of the government-held Red Sea port town of Mokha, on April 15, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Yemeni security forces kill 2 Al-Qaeda leaders in Abyan

Two leaders of Al-Qaeda in Yemen were killed on Thursday after a security raid was carried out by Yemeni forces in the province of Abyan.

The security sources said that the leaders of al-Qaeda in Yemen, Murad Abdullah Mohammed al-Doubli, nicknamed “Abu Hamza al-Batani” and Hassan Baasrei were killed after a raid by security forces in the Al-Qaeda strong hold.

Also known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP, are primarily active in Yemen. The U.S government believes AQAP to be the most dangerous al-Qaeda branch.