Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at the frontline of fighting against Houthis fighters in the port city of Aden, Yemen, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Abo Muhammed)
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Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters completed their offensive to retake the southern city of Aden from the Houthi militia on Friday, residents said, as fighting in one main district subsided.Their victory in the port city -- backed up by training and heavy weapons delivered by an Arab military coalition -- marks a turning point in almost four months of aerial bombing and civil war in which battle lines seldom changed but more than 3,500 people have been killed and a million displaced. "We will thwart one of the most dangerous conspiracies yet against our people ... no matter how long the aggression continues and the aggressors go to far in their war of extermination, no matter how long it lasts it will end in failure," Saleh wrote.Fighters said they were advancing towards the Anad air base 60 km (40 miles) north of Aden with backing from air strikes.
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