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    Senior Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Yemen Clashes

    FILE - Yemeni boys look at a vehicle destroyed during a police raid on an al-Qaida militant hideout in the Arhab region, north of Sana'a, Yemen, May 27, 2014.
    FILE - Yemeni boys look at a vehicle destroyed during a police raid on an al-Qaida militant hideout in the Arhab region, north of Sana'a, Yemen, May 27, 2014.
    VOA News

    Pro-government fighters in Yemen report they have killed a senior al-Qaida leader along with at least two other militants.

    Ali Abed al-Rab bin Talab, better known as Abu Anwar, was the head of a court set up by al-Qaida in Yemen's largest province, Hadramawt, which the extremist group largely controls.

    Yemeni officials said Abu Anwar's convoy was heading to the southern port city of Aden.

    Al-Qaida and Islamic State-linked militants have exploited the chaos of Yemen's civil war to make incursions into the strategic port city, where militant attacks on pro-government officials have escalated in recent months.

    Al-Qaida's Yemen branch is considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network.

    Yemen's crisis erupted in September 2014 when Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sana'a, forcing President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's government to flee first to Aden, and then to Saudi Arabia when the rebels took over the port.

    Yemeni forces, backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, have since retaken Aden, but Yemen's capital is still under rebel control.

    The airstrikes and fighting on the ground have killed close to 6,000 people and created a severe humanitarian disaster in Yemen. U.N. experts say close to 80 percent of the population is in dire need of food and basic health care.

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    by: Anonim
    January 03, 2016 4:10 AM
    Alhamdulillah.. I hope that all followers of Al Qaeda and its leader can be eradicated from the face of the earth, because they have defamed Islam for the actions of jihad. Islam does not teach jihad in Al Qaeda. so stop making the name of Islam to destroy everything. in the name of Islam, the followers of Al Qaeda will go to hell. for having slandered Islam with acts that have been carried out Al Qaeda. Allahu akbar 3x

    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    January 02, 2016 11:41 AM
    The sunnis killing the shia and the shia killing the sunnis. Nothing out of the ordinary for their 2000 year war. Sihks, Buddists, Christians, Jews, doesn't matter to them as long as they have someone to kill.

    by: Tom
    January 02, 2016 11:19 AM
    What are the sources for this story? VOA used to be diligent about noting its sources, but it seems no longer.

    by: Anonymous
    January 01, 2016 7:37 PM
    AQ and ISIS in Yemen: Courtesy of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

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