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Pentagon sends special operations team to fight Al Qaeda in Yemen

Pentagon sends special operations team to fight Al Qaeda in Yemen

The Pentagon has launched airstrikes and sent a U.S. special operations team to southern Yemen to work with Arab military forces battling to push Al Qaeda militants out of cities and towns they captured during the country's civil war.

The dozen or so U.S. commandos were sent to Mukalla after about 2,000 Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition troops retook the strategic seaport, oil terminal and airport in what was seen as a major victory on April 24.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP, had controlled the port city for a year, and it was considered their most significant stronghold. Most of the militants reportedly withdrew before the coalition advance following mediation...

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