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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gamal Al-Aqil
Yemeni troops and armed tribesmen drove al Qaeda militants from two major strongholds in the south on Tuesday, a major victory in a U.S.-backed offensive to regain control of large swaths of territory from the terror network in the Arab world's most impoverished country.
"We called the operation the Golden Swords," he said.
Gamal al-Aqil, the governor of Abyan province, said Yemeni troops had dealt "painful blows" to al Qaeda "in their biggest dens in Abyan."