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August, 16

Yemeni Troops Commence Campaign Against Al-Qaeda

In response to rumors that Al-Qaeda is making a comeback attempt, Yemeni special forces have begun an offensive against the terrorist organization in the southern governorate of Abyan.

In order to stop Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has a branch of Yemen, from using the mountains and valleys in Abyan as safe havens or launching pads for attacks against government forces in the south, elite counterterrorism troops have been stationed there.

The assault was started, according to Abdul Rahman Al-Shonini, commander of the anti-terrorism forces in Abyan, after learning that AQAP was assembling in isolated valleys and mountains in preparation for attacks against government forces in the south. He promised to prevent any attempts by it to reemerge in Abyan.

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Since AQAP militants are apparently hiding out in the highlands between Abyan and Al-Bayda governorate, his soldiers have not run into any resistance.

Local media and people reported last month that masked AQAP terrorists had descended on certain valleys and regions of Abyan, ambushing troops and kidnapped locals.

At least 10 troops were killed in a series of attacks last month in the governorates of Abyan and Shabwa, according to local security authorities who blame AQAP.

In 2015, AQAP took advantage of unrest brought on by the Yemeni conflict to acquire vast tracts of land in southern governorates such Hadramout, Abyan, and Lahj.

Armed forces from the Arab alliance helped Yemeni troops drive AQAP out of important cities, killing and seizing hundreds of militants in the process.

A combined command room to combat AQAP was established last month by a number of armed formations in Abyan, including government troops and the Southern Transitional Council, which had fought each other in 2019 and 2020.

Armed forces from the Arab alliance helped Yemeni troops drive AQAP out of important cities, killing and seizing hundreds of militants in the process.

A combined command room to combat AQAP was established last month by a number of armed formations in Abyan, including government troops and the Southern Transitional Council, which had fought each other in 2019 and 2020.

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In response to rumors that Al-Qaeda is making a comeback attempt, Yemeni special forces have begun an offensive against the terrorist organization in the southern governorate of Abyan.

In order to stop Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has a branch of Yemen, from using the mountains and valleys in Abyan as safe havens or launching pads for attacks against government forces in the south, elite counterterrorism troops have been stationed there.

The assault was started, according to Abdul Rahman Al-Shonini, commander of the anti-terrorism forces in Abyan, after learning that AQAP was assembling in isolated valleys and mountains in preparation for attacks against government forces in the south. He promised to prevent any attempts by it to reemerge in Abyan.

READ MORE: Egyptian Envoy, Fatah Official Hold Talks

Since AQAP militants are apparently hiding out in the highlands between Abyan and Al-Bayda governorate, his soldiers have not run into any resistance.

Local media and people reported last month that masked AQAP terrorists had descended on certain valleys and regions of Abyan, ambushing troops and kidnapped locals.

At least 10 troops were killed in a series of attacks last month in the governorates of Abyan and Shabwa, according to local security authorities who blame AQAP.

In 2015, AQAP took advantage of unrest brought on by the Yemeni conflict to acquire vast tracts of land in southern governorates such Hadramout, Abyan, and Lahj.

Armed forces from the Arab alliance helped Yemeni troops drive AQAP out of important cities, killing and seizing hundreds of militants in the process.

A combined command room to combat AQAP was established last month by a number of armed formations in Abyan, including government troops and the Southern Transitional Council, which had fought each other in 2019 and 2020.

Armed forces from the Arab alliance helped Yemeni troops drive AQAP out of important cities, killing and seizing hundreds of militants in the process.

A combined command room to combat AQAP was established last month by a number of armed formations in Abyan, including government troops and the Southern Transitional Council, which had fought each other in 2019 and 2020.

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