Yemen Army Clashes With Al Qaeda-Linked Groups

Yemen’s army clashed with Al Qaeda-linked groups near the southern city of Lawdar today, leaving at least 34 dead according to official and tribal sources. Nearly 200 people have died since Yemen’s government launched an offensive against Islamic insurgents on Monday. An email statement from Ansar al-Sharia, a group allegedly affiliated with Al Qaeda, claimed that its fighters had launched a rocket at the house of the security chief in the southern city of Aden and killed three security officers in ensuing clashes on Thursday.