People fleeing violence in Yemen rest besides their personal belongings at the port of Bosasso in Somalia's Puntland region April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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The capture of much of eastern Yemen's oil-producing province by a newly formed group of armed tribesmen and Sunni preachers has alarmed local officials, who say they fear the situation will allow Al-Qaeda to expand.The country is also home to one of the most lethal branches of Al-Qaeda, sheltering in tribal regions and for years targeted by U.S. drone strikes.Local politicians say the Council, now effectively the de facto ruling authority in the province, is separate from Al-Qaeda but includes some figures associated with Al-Qaeda in the past.Al-Qaeda fighters in the area are drawn mostly from local tribes, who appear in some cases either to bless or at the very least not oppose the participation of their kin in the militant group.Al-Qaeda has been trying to stir up support against both the Houthis and the weak Yemeni state in Hadramawt.
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