desmoinesregister.com

brand
 LATEST NEWS
  Top Stories
  U.S.
  World
  Business
  Personal Finance
  Technology
  Sports
  Entertainment
  Health
  Science
  Politics
  Washington
  Offbeat
  Weather
  Raw News
 NEWS SEARCH
 
 Text Archive
 SPECIAL SECTIONS
  Multimedia Gallery
  News Summary
  (AUDIO)
  News Summary
  (VIDEO)
  Today
  in History
  Video Gallery
  Photo Gallery
  PhotoWeek
  SportsWeek
  U.S. Census
  Database
  U.S. Crime
  Database
  Corrections
Jun 23, 5:22 AM EDT

Residents say al-Qaida has returned to southern Yemen cities



Latest News
Residents say al-Qaida has returned to southern Yemen cities

Saudi prince discusses Yemen controversy at UN

UN: Shortfalls will disrupt already limited Yemen food aid

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Witnesses say that al-Qaida fighters have been seen in southern Yemeni cities, nearly a month after the militants withdrew from the towns following tribal-led negotiations.

Local residents reported Thursday that al-Qaida militants were seen in the cities of Jaar and Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province. They say that during the day fighters can be seen driving pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, but at night they retreat to hideouts.

The residents spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Al-Qaida and Islamic State group militants have exploited the security and power vacuum after rebels known as the Houthis seized the Yemeni capital in 2014 and the president fled to Saudi Arabia. The militants withdrew this spring under pressure from a Saudi-led coalition that is fighting the Houthis.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Advertisement