Yemen launches southern operation against Qaeda militants

Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president take part in an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of Abyan province on April 23, 2016Yemeni forces backed by air power from a Saudi-led Arab coalition launched an operation Saturday to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of a southern provincial capital, military officials said. Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in Abyan province advanced toward Zinjibar and the neighbouring town of Jaar, the sources said. Soldiers clashed with militants at Al-Kud, five kilometres (three miles) south of Zinjibar, while coalition Apache helicopters targeted militant positions in the area, they said.

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