Yemen vows to continue strikes on al-Qaida affiliates

13:33, August 30, 2010      

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Yemeni Interior Ministry vowed on Sunday to continue strikes on al-Qaida affiliates around the clock in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

"The coward attacks by al-Qaida against security services will not deter the ministry from continued tracking and striking the terrorist groups wherever they holed up and around the clock," the statement said.

Such kind of terrorist operations exercised by al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq will not work in Yemen, because Yemeni citizens and security services will responde to them on time, said the statement.

"The terrorist operations against security forces in Lodar city of the southern province of Abyan were failed last week as the security forces managed to kill around 15 al-Qaida militants and detained another 10 militants and forced the rest of them to flee from the city," it added.

According to the statement, the security agencies have so far carried out more than 70 strikes against al-Qaida affiliates during the past months, killing and injuring dozens of them including leadership's elements.

Lodar city of Abyan is believed to be a stronghold of al-Qaida forces in the Arabian Peninsula that has witnessed a series of deadly battles between suspected al-Qaida militants and security forces.

Meanwhile, Yemen's government spokesman on Sunday denied reports that U.S. military bases would be moved from Iraq to Yemen, according to the state news agency Saba.

"Yemen doesn't accept any foreign military existence on its soil and it has a strong security and military institutions that are capable to carry their tasks in combating terrorism," Saba quoted the unnamed spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said that Yemen's security cooperation with the United States or other foreign countries in fighting terrorism is "restricted only to the exchange of information which facilitates its tracking for terrorist elements and bringing them to justice."

The U.S.-backed Yemeni government has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups after the Yemen- based al-Qaida wing claimed credit for a botched attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit in December last year.

Source: Xinhua


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