Yemeni troops push Al-Qaeda from southern province

ADEN/DUBAI: Yemeni troops and armor have pushed Al-Qaeda militants out of main cities in Shabwa, residents said on Friday, regaining government control over the southern province for the first time in years.
They said Al-Qaeda terrorists withdrew to the mountains without a fight as armored vehicles from the government army and a new force known as the Elite Shabwa Forces rolled into the provincial capital Ataq, and other towns and cities from Thursday morning.
UAE news agency WAM said on Thursday the advance had been backed by the US and the UAE but it did not specify what support they had provided.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken advantage of the conflict pitting the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthi movement to try to widen its control and influence in Yemen.
The Shabwa operation marked the first time in years that government-backed forces had controlled all districts in the province, where Yemen’s biggest gas project, a $ 4.5 billion Total-led plant, is based.
The terminal stopped operating after foreign experts were evacuated in 2015 but the government says it plans to get the facility working again.
Large-scale ground operations by regional troops have been rare since 2015, when Al-Qaeda was driven out of the mini-state it had established in the port city of Mukalla, capital of neighboring Hadramout province. But airstrikes by US drones and aircraft against the terrorist group are frequent.
The US military carried out an airstrike in Shabwa in June that killed Abu Khattab Al-Awlaqi, one of the leaders of AQAP, along with two other terrorists.
Operations against the militants are complicated by the civil war, in which the Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi fighters and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a campaign to restore Hadi’s internationally recognized government, now based in the southern port city of Aden.

ADEN/DUBAI: Yemeni troops and armor have pushed Al-Qaeda militants out of main cities in Shabwa, residents said on Friday, regaining government control over the southern province for the first time in years.
They said Al-Qaeda terrorists withdrew to the mountains without a fight as armored vehicles from the government army and a new force known as the Elite Shabwa Forces rolled into the provincial capital Ataq, and other towns and cities from Thursday morning.
UAE news agency WAM said on Thursday the advance had been backed by the US and the UAE but it did not specify what support they had provided.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken advantage of the conflict pitting the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthi movement to try to widen its control and influence in Yemen.
The Shabwa operation marked the first time in years that government-backed forces had controlled all districts in the province, where Yemen’s biggest gas project, a $ 4.5 billion Total-led plant, is based.
The terminal stopped operating after foreign experts were evacuated in 2015 but the government says it plans to get the facility working again.
Large-scale ground operations by regional troops have been rare since 2015, when Al-Qaeda was driven out of the mini-state it had established in the port city of Mukalla, capital of neighboring Hadramout province. But airstrikes by US drones and aircraft against the terrorist group are frequent.
The US military carried out an airstrike in Shabwa in June that killed Abu Khattab Al-Awlaqi, one of the leaders of AQAP, along with two other terrorists.
Operations against the militants are complicated by the civil war, in which the Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi fighters and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a campaign to restore Hadi’s internationally recognized government, now based in the southern port city of Aden.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Middle-East

About

Scroll To Top