Yesterday’s massive battles in southern Yemen are over, but the killing continued when 15 soldiers, captured by the al-Qaeda–linked militants in yesterday’s battle, were publicly executed today in the Lahj Province.
The executions bring the overall deaths among Yemeni soldiers in the clash to 43, along with the 28 that were killed in yesterday’s fighting. Thirteen militants were also reported slain in the fighting.
The fighting was along the border between the Abyan Province, dominated almost entirely by the Ansar al-Sharia, and the Lahj Province, which they also have considerable influence in. The forces attacked a military checkpoint, calling it a “raid of dignity.”
It is the second major loss for Yemeni troops in the past month, with an early March clash in Abyan leaving some 185 soldiers slain in a surprisingly one-sided conflict over a military base. The US has backed Yemen’s military with air strikes, but it seems that when the fighting happens on the ground, the rebels are at a considerable advantage.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US to Cut Some Somali Military Aid Over Misuse, Corruption - December 17th, 2017
- Sistani: Shi'ite Militias Should Remain as Part of Iraq's Security Services - December 17th, 2017
- Mounting Tensions Drive Arms Sales to Multi-Decade High - December 17th, 2017
- US Commandos Participate in Thousands of Afghan Ground Operations - December 17th, 2017
- Israeli Crackdowns, Arrests Fail to Stop Jerusalem Protests - December 17th, 2017