Earlier today, Ansar al-Sharia confirmed it has withdrawn from the city of Mukalla which was formerly considered the capital of al-Qaeda in Yemen.

However, the Islamist group said it had only lost a handful of fighters during the battle as their forces retreated to avoid destruction of the city.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition which backs the Hadi-government based in Aden said 800 al-Qaeda fighters were killed during the capture of the city.

“We only withdrew to prevent the enemy from moving the battle to your homes, markets, roads and mosques,” Ansar al-Sharia said in a rare statement.

Around 2,000 Yemeni and Emirati troops captured Mukalla in just a few hours last Sunday as their troops meet little to no resistance.

The Hadi government’s blitz offensive in southern Yemen is a shift in strategy for the Saudi-led coalition forces, which for over a year has focused its firepower on the Houthis who have seized the capital Sanaa and driven the government into exile.

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عشوائيات قلم Jahaf
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which capital?!

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daeshit sucks

800 dead, even from the FLIR from an aircraft after a bombing, is easy to see.

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They are moving to Aden… lol

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it’s official, the saudis are pulling back!

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