May 13th, 2012
06:06 PM ET

Yemeni military kills 24 suspected al Qaeda militants

Government troops in southern Yemen on Sunday attacked al Qaeda hideouts, killing two dozen suspected militants in the latest push to clear the area of the terror organization, local security officials said.

Four members of the military were also killed in the clashes, which began early in the morning in the Abyan districts of Zinjibar and Jaar, the officials said, while nine troops were wounded.

Government warplanes aided in the assault.

"We succeeded in taking takeover three strategic posts near Jaar and our forces will continue to go forward," said one of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Al Qaeda fighters are evacuating areas previously under their control due to the intensive government bombardment," the official added.

Yemen's government has been fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for years with mixed results.

Suspected al Qaeda militants seized Abyan last year during Yemen's political stalemate after government troops evacuated most military posts in the province.

Recently, the government sent thousands of troops to Abyan in its latest assault against the militants, vowing not to retreat until al Qaeda is defeated.

The clashes took place the same day White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan met with President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa.

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  1. banasy©

    The phrase "ties to AL Quaeda" seems overused; a tool to incite fear.
    The new "boogeyman".
    It was iverused back in the early 90's, and it's overused now.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Exactly right @saywhat. Really, all of the worlds powerful governments (aka nations with veto power at the UN) are on the same page, and only act as if at odds.
    example: President Kennedy allowed russians to monitor the building of US underground facilities during the Cold War just as the US gov was allowed to keep an eye on the underground facilities being constructed in the Soviet Union. Yet, neither Soviet nor American citizens were allowed access, even to this very day. A combined 40 trillion dollars worth of 'secret to citizens' underground weapons factories.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Couldn't agree more@ Philip.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Really? It's not often that someone agrres with me 'round heah! Thanx, saywhat. 🙂

    May 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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