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Al-Qaida, Yemeni Forces Clash in Aden

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Yemeni forces and al-Qaida militants battled Tuesday in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, leaving several people dead.

The fighting took place in the Mansoura district. Residents there said the Yemeni troops were backed by aircraft from a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting on behalf of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi for nearly a year.

The government is trying to establish control over Aden after pushing out Houthi rebels late last year. The Houthis still control Yemen's capital, Sana'a, and other parts in the north.

The conflict that at one point forced Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia has allowed fighters from al-Qaida and Islamic State to take control of parts of Aden and other areas in southern Yemen.

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