Yemeni forces kill five al Qaeda fighters in southern offensive: ministry

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Yemeni government forces killed five al Qaeda militants and wounded dozens of others in south Yemen, the defense ministry said on Friday, in the fourth day of an offensive against Islamist insurgents.Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has hampered the U.S.-allied state’s efforts to restore stability since a popular revolt in 2011 that forced out longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh but left widespread disorder that continues.Yemeni troops launched their offensive into an expanse of south Yemen spanning 20,000 square km (7,700 square miles) – the size of the U.S. state of New Jersey – on Tuesday, backed by air force jets and hundreds of loyalist militiamen.

For full report read …… http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/02/us-yemen-army-qaeda-idUSBREA410FG20140502

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