Al-Qaeda linked militants beat a hasty retreat in south Yemen after the Yemeni army started an offensive against them. This involved war planes attcking them from the sky and ground troops attacked militant held towns.
The operation has been successful with six militant fighters being killed, this therefore prompted the militants to withdraw. They had taken control of the land by exploiting the political instability in the region.
The USA is reportedly backing the operation, this is in addition to what it started after being frustrated at the lack of action from Yemen.
Yemeni residents dislike the US drone attacks since they have often killed civilians, but have they finally come to the realisation that something needed to be done urgently, and yes some civilians may become casualties just like in any war?

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