Al-Qaeda Seizes Airport and Oil Depot in Yemen

(New York Times) Saeed al-Batati and Kareem Fahim - Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen - AQAP - took control of the Riyan Airport and the Dhabah oil export terminal on the Arabian Sea coast on Thursday, two weeks after it seized the nearby city of Al Mukalla and emptied its bank and prison. Al-Qaeda fighters are now developing relations with Yemeni tribal leaders who share antipathy for the Houthis, said Jamal Benomar, a UN diplomat. In Washington, Pentagon officials acknowledged that Saudi airstrikes on the Houthis have created more space for al-Qaeda to gain territory.

2015-04-17 00:00:00

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