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CHAOTIC Yemeni Military: 40 Militants Killed EPA / Landov

Yemeni Military: 40 Militants Killed

Don't count out Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yet: After the opposition accused Saleh’s government of letting jihadists take over Abyan province in order to play up the threat they pose and maintain his hold on power, Yemeni forces hit the area hard, killing 40 militants in the last two days, officials say. Militants had taken over the town of Zinjibar on Yemen’s southern coast. Two government soldiers were killed. But Saleh still faces tough odds. He’s currently in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment for injuries he received during unrest, and many observers don’t expect him to return home. Still, his regime has resisted intense pressure from regional allies, internal enemies, and Western nations to leave.

July 6, 2011 9:42 AM