facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Yemeni al-Qaida sect says it took 20 tanks

April 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM   |   Comments

SANAA, Yemen, April 30 (UPI) -- An al-Qaida-linked group in the Arabian Peninsula said it seized 20 tanks from the Yemeni army in the southern town of Lawdar.

Ansar al-Sharia made the claim about the tanks Sunday. There was no immediate comment from the army.

Clashes between U.S.-backed Yemeni armed forces and Ansar al-Sharia and its backers have taken place during the past month.

In an online posting, a member of the group said Yemeni armed forces backed by U.S. assistance "could achieve nothing through their airstrikes. We fully control Zinjibar, Waqar and Ja'ar while the army sustained huge losses," Bikyamasr.com reported Sunday.

Gov. Wahed Rashed of the port city of Aden warned the Yemeni government that Aden could be a strike target. He said al-Qaida militants were trying to gain a foothold in southern Yemen through the city.

Security analysts have said seizing Aden would offer a chance for al-Qaida to take control of the Red Sea through an alliance with al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based al-Qaida operation.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act
2
John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims
3
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
4
Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election
5
BAE Systems wins naval support contract BAE Systems wins naval support contract
Trending News
x
Feedback