13 Dead in South Yemen Clashes, Military Sources
It continues, like a steady drone in the background.[Naharnet] Thirteen fighters were killed in an exchange of artillery fire between pro-government forces and separatists in the southern province of 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...
, military sources told AFP on Saturday.
The Southern Transitional Council
...the STC is the UAE-backed faction. There is also a Saudi-backed faction to which the STC used to be allied, but that ended this past April... lost eight men, including two officers, and six others were maimed late Friday in the latest outbreak of violence between the nominal allies in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
's civil war, an STC source said.
A military source on the Yemeni government side said that five fighters from its ranks were among the dead.
The STC is a separatist organization that wants the south to secede from the rest of the country, even while it is allied with the central government in a fight against their common foe, the Iran-backed Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the
Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is
God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s, in Yemen's civil war.
The separatists announced in August their withdrawal from talks on a power-sharing deal with the Saudi-backed and internationally-recognised government.
The deal struck in Riyadh in November 2019 was designed to mend a rift between allies in the war since 2014 against Houthis who have seized much of Yemen's north.
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