A veteran militia leader in southern Yemen emerges as key ally of president against rebels

March 24, 2015 6:17 PM

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A veteran militia leader in southern Yemen emerges as key ally of president against rebels

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo, Abdul-Lateef al-Sayed al-Bafqeeh, leader and founder of the government-backed militia formally known as the “Popular Committees,”listens to a reporter during an interview with The Associated Press in southern Abyan province, Yemen. Al-Bafqeeh and his militiamen joined the military in its campaign to expel al-Qaida from Abyan, ending a 14-month occupation by the terror group in 2012. Now he and his men will be the ones thrown into the thick of battle in Yemen’s seemingly imminent civil war, fighting alongside fellow southern Yemenis loyal to embattled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against northern forces loyal to the nation’s ousted leader and his Iranian-backed Shiite rebel allies. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan) (The Associated Press)

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo, Abdul-Lateef al-Sayed al-Bafqeeh, leader and founder of the government-backed militia formally known as the “Popular Committees,”listens to a reporter during an interview with The Associated Press in southern Abyan province, Yemen. Al-Bafqeeh and his militiamen...

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