Southern People's Resistance militants loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi move a tank from the al-Anad air base in the country's southern province of Lahej March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Hadi, a former general seen by the Shiite Muslim Houthis as a pawn of Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies and the West, has been holed up in Aden since he fled Sanaa in February.The northern-based Houthis had seized Kirsh, a town about 100 km (62 miles) north of Hadi's base in the southern port of Aden.Hadi's forces also counter-attacked in Dhalea town, reversing the Houthis' first inroads into the territory of the formerly independent south. A Houthi official expressed continued mistrust of Hadi, saying he had allied himself with Islamist militant forces. But but added the Houthi forces had no designs on Aden or any other region. Hadi has a strong record as an opponent of Al-Qaeda.
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