29 April 2014

Yemeni army somehow launches "major ground offensive" against AQ

What exactly constitutes a "major ground offensive" in Yemen?

Yemeni troops, backed by air force planes, launched a major offensive against al Qaeda strongholds in the south of the country on Tuesday to try to eradicate the Islamist militant group that had killed hundreds since 2011.

A local official said at least five Yemeni government soldiers were killed in the fighting, in which hundreds of volunteers from a local militia known as the Popular Committees are taking part.

The operation came less than two weeks after more than 55 suspected militants died in a series of air strikes on the militants' main hideout in a remote northern district in Abyan Province, in southern Yemen.

Are we talking 50 soldiers? 500 soldiers? How "major" can Yemen really get?

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