Yemen military: 43 al-Qaida militants killed in campaign
SANAA, Yemen — Fighting and airstrikes in an al-Qaida stronghold in southern Yemen killed six suspected militants and four soldiers on Sunday, the military said, part of an ongoing military campaign that killed 37 other fighters overnight.
The government's U.S.-backed campaign in Shabwa province against al-Qaida militants is part of a rolling effort against the group's hideouts in Yemen.
Washington considers Yemen's Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula the most active branch of the group in the world. The United States has assisted the government with logistics, training and drone attacks. The militants have fought back, targeting government buildings and security forces.
On Sunday, the military said, troops backed by air support stormed a hideout of the group in Naqba hills in Shabwa, an operation that killed six suspected militants and four soldiers. The statement said soldiers arrested four wounded militants and destroyed four of their vehicles.
Earlier, the Defense Ministry said in a statement that airstrikes and clashes killed 37 suspected al-Qaida fighters overnight in the nearby town of Meyfaa.
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