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Yemeni says 18 militants killed in Al-Qaeda-held area

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Firouz Sedarat / Reuters ADEN: Yemeni troops have made advances in an offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked militants near the southern city of Zinjibar, killing 18 insurgents, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. It said on its website that the militants were pushed back on Thursday from several positions near Zinjibar, capital of …

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‘US drone strike’ kills 5 Qaeda militants in Yemen

By AFP ADEN: A suspected US drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province has killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, a local government official said on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said a “US drone” targeted the five men late on Monday in Shabwa, a mostly lawless region of Yemen where the extremist group …

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Yemen army clashes with Islamists, 34 killed

By Reuters ADEN: At least 34 people, mostly Islamist militants, were killed near the southern Yemeni city of Lawdar on Friday in clashes between government forces and an Al-Qaeda linked group, official and tribal sources said. Yemen’s military launched an offensive five days ago against Islamic insurgents who attacked a military camp outside Lawdar. The …

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Yemen: Fighting in south kills 50 militants

By Ahmed Al-Haj / AP SANAA: Yemeni artillery and military aircraft backing pro-government tribesmen have pounded Al-Qaeda fighters trying to battle their way into a strategic town in the country’s south, while a suspected US airstrike killed at least 12 militants, officials said. The fighting near the town of Lawder started over the weekend when …

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Yemen army kills 25 militants in fresh clashes: officials

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Isabel Coles / Reuters ADEN: At least 25 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants were killed on Wednesday in a third day of fighting with Yemeni troops in the south of the country, residents and local officials said. Officials said the clashes took place at Jebel Yasuf, some 10 km (6 miles) from the …

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Islamist attack on Yemen army checkpoint kills 13

By Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters SANAA: At least eight Yemeni soldiers and five militants were killed when Islamist gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in the central Maarib province on Tuesday, a local official said. In the southern city of Lawdar, where 57 people were killed on Monday in clashes between government forces and fighters from al …

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Al-Qaeda says it killed American teacher in Yemen

By Ahmed Al-Haj / AP SANAA: Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch said Thursday that it killed an American teacher because he was trying to spread Christianity in the mainly Muslim Arab nation. Joel Shrum, a 29-year-old native of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, was gunned down on Sunday in the central city of Taiz, where he had been living with …

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Zawahiri urges Afghans to rise against ‘Crusader pigs’

By AFP WASHINGTON: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri urged Afghans in audio message Wednesday to rise up against “Crusader pigs” after US Marines were shown in an internet video urinating on the corpses of Taliban militants. The message, which the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said was posted on extremist forums, keyed on a series of scandals in …

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Iraq tightens security as Al-Qaeda claims deadly blasts

By Prashant Rao / AFP BAGHDAD: Key routes in Baghdad were locked down Wednesday as Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly blasts targeting security for a landmark Arab summit next week. The tightened measures came a day after nationwide gun and bomb attacks killed 50 people and left 255 others …

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Islamists claim Iraq attack that killed at least 27

By Nour Merza / Reuters DUBAI: An Iraqi Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for attacks in western Iraq on March 5 that killed dozens of policemen, a statement posted on Islamist websites said late on Thursday. Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in and around the western Iraqi city of Haditha, killing …

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Qaeda suspects kidnap Swiss woman: Yemeni officials

By AFP ADEN: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants have kidnapped a Swiss woman and are holding her in the southeastern province of Shabwa, a provincial chief and a security official told AFP on Friday. “A Swiss woman was abducted in Hodeida (on the Red Sea coast) by armed men who moved her to Shabwa province,” the official …

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Ousted leader undermining Al-Qaeda fight, say Yemenis

By Ahmed Al-Haj and Aya Batrawy / AP SANAA: It was a stunning attack by Al-Qaeda in a country that is one of the world’s hottest fronts against the terror group. Insurgents rampaged through an army camp in southern Yemen before dawn, catching soldiers asleep and killing more than 180. Amid the turmoil, the defense …

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