Pro-Government Forces Recapture Yemeni Base

- VOA News,August 5, 2015

Forces backing Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi recaptured an important military base from Houthi rebels on Tuesday, as they continue a push to reverse the Houthi campaign that forced Hadi to flee the country in March.

After several days of fighting, the pro-government forces, backed by airstrikes from a Saudi-led coalition, seized the Al-Anad air base located about 60 kilometers from the port city of Aden.

Pro-government sources said the fighting left 70 Houthi rebels dead and dozens captured, with at least 24 loyalist troops killed.

The Al-Anad base was once an important intelligence site used by U.S. forces in their campaign of drone strikes against the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. 

With the help of the Saudi-led airstrikes and shipments of weapons and vehicles from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the pro-government forces have made recent progress, chiefly regaining control of Aden last month.

The Houthis still control large areas of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, which they seized nearly a year ago.


- 美国之音,2015年8月5日




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