acted decisively to fill the power vacuum left by the unraveling of Yemen's Armed Forces (YAF) and its limited state structures.
GCC-backed Hadi forces then managed to drive AQAP
forces out of the city.
The Pentagon also announced that US forces recently carried out attacks on AQAP
locations in Yemen outside Mukalla port.
Yemenis are not in a position to reject what AQAP
He is suspected to have recruited individuals to AQAP
who were involved in a plot to assassinate Yemeni officials.
As of Wednesday afternoon, AQAP
had not taken responsibility for the attack, and two sources within the group told the Yemen Times they had no knowledge of AQAP
However, it is not yet clear if AQAP
is behind the attack.
TheYemeni army, with US backing, drove AQAP
militants and their allies from some of their southern strongholds in 2012 but the insurgents have since regrouped and mounted attacks on government officials and installations.
embassies, including in Yemen and other Middle Eastern and African countries, were closed down, amid AQAP
threat to launch an attack targeting foreigners.
The Obama plan's two-pronged strategy calls for the US and Yemen to work together, in co-ordination with the GCC states, to kill or capture the AQAP
operatives, who are focused on attacking America and its interests including the GCC bloc.
chief also warned Sunnis in Yemen that they risked being massacred at the hands of northern Shiite Zaidi rebels, also known as Houthis, and urged them not to be caught unprepared.
For most of its existence in Yemen, AQAP
has tried to solve a single problem-how to hold territory without exposing itself to destruction from the air.