An Al-Qaeda militant sits with his rifle in the city of Rada, 130 kilometers southeast of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
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Rivals Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) are cementing their presence in south Yemen in the absence of state authority and little opposition from pro-government Arab coalition forces, experts say.For the first time since its campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen began almost a year ago, warplanes from the Arab-led coalition this weekend targeted militants in Aden.In three months, 150 people have been killed in clashes in Yemen's second city and temporary capital Aden, where militants control some districts in defiance of the authorities and the coalition.Hadi's administration has failed to establish its authority fully in five southern provinces, including Aden, which were recaptured from the rebels last summer.Popular Resistance recruits were drawn from Islamist Salafists as well as southern separatists and militants, according to Zeid al-Sallami, a Yemeni expert on Islamist groups.Al-Qaeda has been active in Yemen for more than 20 years and is well entrenched.
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