Yemeni Airstrikes Kill 43 Al-Qaida Militants

Yemeni officials say the latest government airstrikes in the country's south have killed 43 al-Qaida militants.

Yemeni Airstrikes Kill 43 Al-Qaida Militants

SANAA, Yemen—Yemeni officials say the latest government airstrikes in the country's south have killed 43 al-Qaida militants.

Military officials say government forces on Tuesday took control over a mountainous area of al-Rahha in the southern province of Lahj, after pounding al-Qaida hideouts there for the past three days. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The offensive followed a surprise attack by militants on a Yemeni army base in the area earlier in the weekend.

Al-Qaida-linked militants have taken advantage of a year of internal political turmoil to expand their gains in south Yemen.