September 21st, 2010
07:43 PM ET

Official: Yemen launches fierce offensive against al Qaeda

Yemen has launched a wide-scale offensive against al Qaeda in the country's southeastern province, a government official said Tuesday.

The Yemeni government "dispatched forces backed by heavy weaponry, jets and choppers to surround a mountainous area," said the official, who asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said the offensive was in response to a militant attack last week on a pipeline carrying liquefied natural gas. The official described the multibillion-dollar pipeline as a "lifeline of the region."

The official added that militants have occupied homes and barricaded themselves in. He challenged claims that 80,000 people had been displaced.

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  1. Arrr!

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