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US-Yemeni forces in bid to free American held by Qaeda
Ten militants were killed during the operation in southeast Yemen aimed at freeing photojournalist Luke Somers, the source told AFP. The Yemeni defence ministry confirmed that a "Major operation" had been launched in Shabwa province. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Thursday threatened the imminent execution of US journalist Luke Somers who was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sanaa. The United States has said that American and Yemeni forces recently tried unsuccessfully to rescue Somers. According to Yemen's defence ministry, Al-Qaeda moved hostages, including the US journalist, a Briton and a South African, days before last month's US-Yemeni raid in southeastern Hadramawt province. Yemen is a key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda, allowing Washington to conduct a longstanding drone war against the group on its territory. AQAP is considered by Washington as the most dangerous affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

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