Yemeni army removes al-Qaida from eastern Yemeni city

By REUTERS
August 14, 2016 16:13

ADEN-Yemeni government forces backed by Arab coalition aircraft and gunboats drove al-Qaida militants out of the city of Zinjibar in eastern Yemen on Sunday, residents said.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has exploited a 16-month-old civil war between the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Iran-allied Houthis to capture a 600-km (370-mile) stretch of Arabian Sea coastline in eastern Yemen.

Hadi's troops and forces from the Saudi-led Arab coalition drove out AQAP - widely considered the most dangerous branch of the global militant group - from the Hadramout provincial capital of Mukalla in April.


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