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  Sivan 19, 5772 , 09/06/12

Amid Clashes, Air Strikes, 13 Killed in Yemen

Yemeni troops battled Islamist militants in overnight clashes and air strikes that continued into Saturday. According to local officials and residents, it was part of a a US-backed drive to retake territory held by insurgents. The Yemeni army is trying to recapture towns in the southern province of Abyan that were seized by al Qaida-linked militants during a popular uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh last year, who formally stepped down in February. A local official and residents said at least 10 militants were killed in heavy fighting east of Jaar, in the southern province of Abyan, which continued until Saturday morning, while three soldiers also were killed.

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