Al Qaeda militants begin to leave two Yemeni towns – residents
Al Qaeda fighters

ADEN: Al Qaeda militants began to pull out of two southern Yemeni cities on Thursday, residents said, following weeks of mediation by tribesmen for them to depart peacefully rather than resist a Gulf-backed offensive.

Dozens of fighters in Zinjibar and Jaar, the two largest towns in southwestern Abyan province, were seen leaving the city streets with their weapons to the surrounding countryside.

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