Supporters of the Southern Separatist Movement set up a check point in the Khor Maksar neighborhood of Yemen's southern coastal city of Aden, as Shiite Houthi rebels made advances in the city on April 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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Al-Qaeda militants controlled large parts of a provincial capital in southeastern Yemen Friday, a day after freeing 300 inmates in a jailbreak in the chaos-wracked country, residents said.Several hundred armed militants flying the black banner of the extremist network were seen patrolling and setting up roadblocks in central and western areas of Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt province.Before the latest chaos erupted, Yemen had been a key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda, allowing Washington to carry out drone attacks on its territory.
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