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US Defense Chief: Al-Qaida Taking Advantage of Yemen Unrest

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday that al-Qaida's branch in Yemen is taking advantage of fighting between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces to seize territory in the country that has struggled for stability since its former leader was pushed from office in 2012. Carter told reporters during a visit to Japan that the crisis in Yemen has made U.S. efforts to counter al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) more difficult, and that such operations are easier when...

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