In this handout photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, Yemeni troops take position during the fight against al-Qaida militants in the southern province of Shabwa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Yemen Defense Ministry)
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Yemeni troops backed by aircraft killed six suspected Al-Qaeda militants as they pressed a ground offensive in the south, the defence ministry said on Thursday.The operation began with a setback for the army when a convoy fell into an Al-Qaeda ambush in which 15 soldiers were killed and 15 more taken prisoner, three of whom were later executed.So far, a total of 21 soldiers and 21 suspected militants have been reported killed in the ground offensive, which followed intense US and Yemeni air strikes last week.
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