Yemeni soldiers battle “al-Qaeda” fighters
Yemeni soldiers have been battling al-Qaeda-linked fighters outside the southern city of Zinjibar, which remains partly under the control of anti-government groups who seized it more than half a year ago.
Sixteen of the fighters and four soldiers were killed, a Yemeni military official said on Tuesday.
The overnight fighting included intensive artillery shelling from the government side and took place overnight, the official said.
The fighters have overrun swaths of territory in the area, taking advantage of the security vacuum that has developed as a result of the political unrest that continues to roil the fragile and impoverished country on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula.
A deal for longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power has failed to quiet the protests calling for his ouster that began last February.
Many of his opponents object to the deal because it grants him immunity from prosecution and they would like to see him tried on charges of corruption and playing a role in the bloody crackdown on protesters.
Protests have continued in the capital, Sanaa, and other anti-government hotbeds like the southern city of Taiz, Yemen’s second largest city.
yemen hasnt changed even though saleh says hes leaving..notice how anyone attacking anyone is automatically al qaeda..