Soldiers of Al-Qaeda in Yemen have been flushed out of a key region after a military 'sweep operation'.
The action, which appears to have been a joint operation between Yemeni and United Arab Emirate forces, forced the withdrawal of the militants from al-Wadea in the south of the country.
Sources claim this region - where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi comes from - has been out of the control of pro-government forces for months.
The region in the province of Abyane was taken back by the operation led by UAE military officials without resistance.
Fighters retreated to a location in the Al-Mahfad area on the border of Abyane and neighbouring province Shabwa, where the terror group still has a strong base.
The Pentagon says members of the US special forces assisted with the operation.