Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Yemen Says Militants Are Driven From 2 Cities

SANA, Yemen — The Yemeni government said Tuesday that the army had driven out militants linked to Al Qaeda from two of their strongholds in southern Yemen, a region that has become a focal point of American concerns about terrorism.

The taking of the southern cities of Jaar and Zinjibar by government troops represented an important victory for Yemen’s new president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has ratcheted up the fight against the militants since he took office in February.

But the militants still control large parts of southern Yemen and it is unclear how long government forces will be able to retain the two cities.

While the government has made claims of military success against the militants in the past that have not held up, the new claim was corroborated by area residents and the militants themselves. Read More