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Yemen Ablaze as Factions Clash in the Capital City

WASHINGTON — Looks like the Obama administration line that al-Qaeda is down and out is far from reality.

Yemeni soldiers protest [1]Reuters reports [2] the Yemen is suffering from more internal strife and violence between loyal to the current government and military and disgruntled and unemployed former military personnel.

Ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh still looms large in Yemen and who stepped down after widespread civil war and protests rocked the country that lies close to a major shipping route. His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, abolished the country’s elite Republican Guard to appease government opponents in a bid for peace.

The disgruntled former members of the elite guard force protested the current presidency and demanded payment for being laid off. Shots were fired as the protesters clashed with Hadi’s Presidential Guard and five were wounded.

The international terrorist network al-Qaeda has a strong presence in Yemen and they threaten a vital shipping route, something that the world continues to worry about.