May 31 - Yemeni troops clash with Islamist militants in a stronghold of an al-Qaeda-linked group as they fight to dislodge them in a U.S.-backed offensive. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
-- Quality as incoming -- Yemen Television shows images of soldiers battling al Qaeda militants in the south of the country. The video, shot Tuesday comes as militants overran several towns in the south of the country during a popular uprising last year. The uprising severely weakened central government authority and eventually toppled former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Yemeni army has since regained control of some parts of Abyan, and other militant strongholds. The United States and its Gulf Arab allies have watched with mounting alarm as security deteriorates in Yemen, home to al Qaeda's Arabian Peninsula wing (AQAP), which is viewed by Washington as a serious threat. The United States has stepped up drone attacks against militants it suspects may be plotting against it. It has also renewed military training to help Yemeni security forces against al Qaeda. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters