Yemen Launches An All-Out Military Assauklt Against Al Qaeda Militants

Followers of Yemen's al-Houthi Shiite group ride in an open vehicle while carrying weapons to secure a road in the northwestern province of Saada, ahead of attending the funeral of the group's late founder Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, June 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi )

Yemen Launches Assaults On Al Qaeda, Several Killed -- Reuters

(Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed in Yemeni army operations against al Qaeda-linked militants on Wednesday, including an offensive in eastern Yemen, where fighters had declared their aim to set up an Islamist state.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, struggling with an Islamist insurgency, a separatist movement in the south, and a spate of attacks by gunmen on government targets, praised the military operations.

"What you did today ... reinforces our confidence in your ability to pursue the remnants of the terrorist elements of al Qaeda until they are uprooted," Hadi said in a message to the armed forces.

Three soldiers, including the force commander, and at least seven militants were killed in fighting at Ghail Bawazeer, north of the Hadramout provincial capital of al-Mukalla, a Yemeni military source said.

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More News On Yemen Launching A Military Offensive Against Al Qaeda

Yemeni troops backed by tanks, warplanes launch major offensive against al-Qaida in the south -- Washington Post/AP
10 killed in Yemen anti-Al Qaida offensive -- Gulf News/AFP
Yemen launches anti-Al Qaeda offensive -- Al Bawaba
Successful offensive launched against terrorists in Hadramout: Official -- Yemen News Agency
President: Our battle with terrorism is decisive -- Yemen News Agency
What's Behind the Sectarian Tensions in Yemen? -- Farea al-Muslimi, Al-Monitor

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