Houthi rebels driven out of Yemen's largest airbase

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Wednesday August 05, 2015 - 11:43:48 in News in English
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    Houthi rebels driven out of Yemen's largest airbase

    Pro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country's largest airbase in a battle, Nasr Alkaid, a spokesman for the pro-government forces, told the BBC.

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Pro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country's largest airbase in a battle, Nasr Alkaid, a spokesman for the pro-government forces, told the BBC.

He said the loyalists were still battling rebels about 4km (2.5 miles) from the base.

If confirmed, the recapture of the airbase could remove a major obstacle for government forces on the road to Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, where pro-Hadi militia have been clashing with rebels.

Al-Anad used to be a base for US troops overseeing drone attacks on al-Qaeda.

The Saudis are leading a campaign to push the rebels back and restore the government, which it is sheltering.

The rebels – backed by forces loyal to the former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh – say they are fighting against corruption and marginalisation of their northern powerbase by Mr Hadi’s government.




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