Troops in Yemen backed by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition have announced the recapture of the apparent largest al Qaeda’s training camp. The camp was recaptured by the Yemeni forces in the southern province of Abyan.
Abyan has been one of the main strongholds of the group known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was under the full control of the militants in 2011 before they were driven out the following year.
The Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is regarded as the network’s most dangerous branch, and AQAP militants have come under repeated US air and drone strikes.
AQAP has also capitalized on the instability in Yemen in recent years to establish strongholds in the country’s south and east, sometimes taking control of entire towns and villages.