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Yemen launches major anti-Al-Qaeda offensive

ADEN: Yemeni forces have launched an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of southern towns, where blistering air strikes killed nearly 60 militants last week, military officials said today. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula jihadists established strongholds in towns and rugged zones in Abyan and Shabwa provinces after security forces chased them from major cities in Abyan in 2012. Yemeni and US drone strikes last week targeted bases of AQAP, considered by Washington as the most dangerous affiliate of the global…