Yemen attacks militants linked to al Qaeda

"Yemeni troops have launched an offensive against Islamic militants believed to be hiding in a mountainous area in the south of the country."

"...Hundreds of troops backed by helicopters, tanks and heavy artillery are said to be searching the Hatat mountains for at least 60 members of the Islamic Jihad group and the Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan."

"...Sympathisers of Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network, which was blamed for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, are also said to have based themselves in the Hatat mountain hideouts."

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