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Again and again over the past two years, an Arab military coalition backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove Al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.In one conflict, the U.S. is working with its Arab allies – particularly the United Arab Emirates – with the aim of eliminating the branch of extremists known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.Coalition-backed militias actively recruit Al-Qaeda militants, or those who were recently members, because they're considered exceptional fighters, the AP found.Within this complicated conflict, Al-Qaeda says its numbers – which U.S. officials have estimated at 6,000 to 8,000 members – are rising.
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