Yemen army outflanks rebel-held Jaar

May 29, 2012 16:53


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ADEN - Yemeni troops have captured rebel-held positions on the outskirts of the southern city of Jaar, a military official said on Tuesday, pushing ahead with a US-backed offensive to uproot Islamist militants from the country.

He said at least 10 militants have been killed in the fighting since Monday night and that the Yemeni army was within 2-3 km (1-2 miles) from Jaar.

"Seizing this area will help us gain control of Jaar city," he told Reuters. "Our goal is to advance into the city."

AlQaida-linked militants seized large swaths of territory in southern Yemen last year as former President Ali Abdullah Saleh grappled with protests seeking his overthrow. Saleh quit in favor of his deputy, Abd-Rabbu Hadi Mansour last November.

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