June 12th, 2012
09:12 AM ET

Yemeni troops retaking al Qaeda stronghold

Yemen's army is retaking Jaar, the final al Qaeda stronghold in the country's southern Abyan province, forcing hundreds of militants to flee the town, two local security officials told CNN.

The state-run Saba news agency also reported that government forces were retaking Jaar on Tuesday morning after fierce battles against al Qaeda with the support of the Yemeni air force. The agency confirmed that Batis district is now under government control.

The officials estimated that more than 80 militants were killed over the last three days in the province, mainly in areas surrounding Jaar and Zinjibar.

They confirmed that seven troops were also killed Tuesday.

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  1. Afro Zombie Race War

    The Saga of the Sand People continues....

    June 12, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Anti-govt tribes in the northern mountains and villages north of the capital have always been a target of govt forces. This 'war on terror' is now being used by the Yemeni govt to do as they please with these tribes.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Obama Mama

    Look Pakistan you can try to rid your country of Al-Qaeda if you really want to.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    How does Pakistan come in here?

    June 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obama Mama

    @Saywhat- Pakistan does have Al-qaeda right? I am telling them to take a cue from Yemen and get on the stick. They have been dragging their feet on tracking them down. Get it?

    June 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Dragging their feet??
    30'000 thousand plus civilians killed more than 3000 of their soldiers and counting fighting this war for us, more than that of any other ally. Their country ,economy and stability shot to pieces?
    Would the other Afghan neighbors Russia, China, Iran and India do that for us?? They would rather like to kick us hard while we are down.
    We just don't seem to get it.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |