Land mine explosions have killed at least 73 people in Yemen's Abyan province since al Qaeda fighters were defeated two weeks ago, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said. Among those killed were 23 soldiers.
A U.S. drone strike killed eight militants in southern Yemen on Thursday morning, the latest hit in an intensified U.S. air camaign against al Qaeda and its affiliates in the area, security officials said.
Yemen's army has suffered its most humiliating defeat yet at the hands of Islamic extremists who launched a sophisticated attack on an army base in the south on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of 90 soldiers.
Thousands of Yemeni troops freed a brigade that had been under a three-month siege in the Abyan province by militants and insurgents with close ties to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Interior Ministry reported Saturday.
Government soldiers retook on Thursday the Wahda Stadium on the outskirts of the southern town of Zinjibar after a day of fighting clashes against suspected al Qaeda militants, security officials in Zinjibar said.
At least a dozen Islamic militants and two Yemeni troops died overnight as Yemen fights to wrest control of Abyan province from militants, a senior security official in the southern province told CNN Sunday.
The United States and Yemen are taking on Islamic militants on the land and from the air amid fears that al Qaeda is exploiting the political chaos and leadership vacuum engulfing the unstable and impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
A fourth day of bloody clashes between Yemeni security forces and tribal groups left at least five tribesmen dead Tuesday, as a leading tribe commandeered more government buildings in the capital city, according to a spokesman for the leader of the powerful Hashed faction.
Sanaa residents reported hearing heavy explosions and sporadic gunfire for several hours early Tuesday, one day after security forces set fire to tents and tore through demonstrators' camps in Freedom Square in Taiz with bulldozers, an activist and eyewitnesses said.