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Soldiers, Militants Killed in Yemen Fighting

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At least eight people were killed on Sunday when militants attacked three army outposts in southern Yemen.

Cars packed with bombs approached the bases but detonated before reaching their intended targets in Abyan Province. The explosions and ensuing shootout killed soldiers and attackers.

Yemen has been fighting militant attacks on multiple fronts in recent months, including an assault on another southern military post in June.

Media reports offered conflicting numbers of fatalities in Sunday's clash. Yemeni officials said the majority appear to be members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

In late April, the army launched a ground offensive against al-Qaida in Abyan, which AQAP declared an "Islamic Emirate" in 2011.

At least 500 al-Qaida fighters and 40 soldiers have been killed in the government's campaign to reclaim territory under effective AQAP control.

Fourteen soldiers were killed last month when suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a military checkpoint in the neighboring province of Shabwa.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Retuers.

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by: Vaeor from: World
July 27, 2014 3:11 PM
Of course nobody would comment on something like this, why would they? People are brainwashed to think the only victims on the Al Qaeda war are the Americans and not only that, but they are the only one's fighting them. Yemen has done a good job so far with their campaigns against the Al-Qaeda but fighting the North Separatists, the Tribal leaders and other organizations all at once is really affecting their performance. They really need a stronger force to help them there, not a foreign one. A local one, they desperately need to unite their strongest force; the tribes. If the tribes stand with the government, they could push out the terrorists within hours.

RIP to those heroes who died fighting against terror.

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