March 22nd, 2011
02:34 PM ET

Yemen's army repelled al Qaeda attack, official says

Yemen's army repelled an attack on a military position Tuesday by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, killing 12 militants and wounding five, a Yemeni official told CNN, citing sources at the Interior Ministry in Sanaa.

The official, who spoke on condition of not being named because he is not authorized to talk to the media, said the attack occurred east of the city of Lawdar, in Abyan province in southwest Yemen.

The attack came on a day that Yemen's embattled president told the country's largest opposition bloc he would step down at the beginning of next year, a ruling party official told CNN.

The opposition rejected the offer, demanding that Ali Abdullah Saleh resign immediately. But Saleh pushed back against opponents - including some of his own top generals - defying calls for him to quit.

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  1. Justifions-l'injustice

    It was why, not "whay", whatever is going on here. "i knew i was doing justice, not i what doing justice?" something wrong here cnn! Lol shame is the name!!!

    March 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justifions-l'injustice

    Cnn, i'll keep notes of my posts just incase anything happen to me. I have no ill intentions for which my posts should be kept. I have observed for many times when strange things happen on my screen and posts!!! Freedom is for all men, let the voices of civil activists be heard pls!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar r

    Notes? What are you in History class 101?

    March 23, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ferit

    typical tactic by embattled oppressive regimes: name the rebels al-qaeda. getting too cheap to get america's support on your side.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. biglips

    I want to eat chrissys panties

    March 23, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
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