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Arabia
Raging Battles on Edge of Militant Stronghold in Yemen, Dozens Killed
2012-05-20
[Yemen Post] At least 13 soldiers and 30 suspected Al-Qaeda Death Eaters were killed in fierce battles in south Yemen as the army was preparing to retake the most stronghold of the Death Eaters the Jaar town in Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, Almasdar Online reported, quoting military sources. Militants carried out a surprise attack on a military post in the Rahwat Al-Hisan area south of Jaar killing five soldiers and injuring four others, it said, adding that the army responded killing at least six Death Eaters in that front.

Separately, Death Eaters destroyed two tanks killing the soldiers inside but the casualties could not be counted or confirmed, it added. The army decided on Friday to further step up the offensive on Al-Qaeda Death Eaters in Abyan after the forces in association with tribal fighters cleared the Death Eaters from key towns over recent weeks.

The battles continued until Saturday after noon with several troops and almost two dozen Death Eaters killed, the website said.

Warplanes also participated in the battles carrying out several Arclight airstrikes which killed at least five Death Eaters in Jaar, it said. Airstrikes were also carried out in the Shuqra town, one of the towns held by Al-Qaeda last year.

The army has so far cleared the Death Eaters from towns including Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan, and military sources have stated it is only a matter of time to clear the Death Eaters from the areas held in the south.

The US is providing direct support in the battles, with drones killing many Death Eaters including big shots.

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