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Pro-gov't tribesmen kill 2 al-Qaida leading members in Yemen's south
Posted On 05/19/2012 01:47:17 by Blake132

ADEN, Yemen, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of pro-government tribesmen attacked al-Qaida sites in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Friday afternoon, killing at least two local leaders of the terrorist group, a tribal chief said.

With support of government forces fake oakleys, the tribesmen attacked an al- Qaida site in the eastern outskirts of Jaar town in Abyan, sparking deadly fighting that ended up with deaths of two al-Qaida leaders, the local tribal chief said on condition of anonymity.

"We have exchanged gunfire with al-Qaida militants in Batees area near Jaar, Abyan's second largest town. Finally we managed to seize control over their site," the tribal chief who was engaged in the fighting said.

"Scores of the al-Qaida militants fled the scene after watching their leaders killed," he added.

Meanwhile, army commanders told Xinhua anonymously that progress toward al-Qaida-held Jaar and Zinjibar, Abyan's provincial capital, which have been under al-Qaida control for one year, slowed down for fear that terrorists could launch suicide attacks against the troops.

"We advance carefully for fear that al-Qaida might target our troops with suicide bombers or by setting up ambushes," an army commander said.

On Thursday, thousands of local residents celebrated victory over al-Qaida group, after hundreds of terrorists were driven out of Lauder and Mudiyah towns.

"Many families came back on Friday to their homes after getting rid of al-Qaida militants," a local resident told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The all-out offensive by Yemeni armed forces and tribal militias against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was launched last week with the help of U.S. military experts.

Local officials said that dozens of U.S. counter-terrorism experts helped the Yemeni army set strategies against the AQAP.

Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who took office in February wholesale Oakley sunglasses, pledged that large-scale attacks will continue to strike al-Qaida bastions "until we have eradicated their presence in every village."

Government troops fighting al-Qaida militants have gained ground in current battles and advanced towards al-Qaida strongholds, after seven days of fighting that left up to 185 people killed from both sides, the Yemeni military said.

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