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JAN 30, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Yemen fighting stops as mediators try to release hostages

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen suspended a military operation against al Qaeda-linked militants in the south on Wednesday while tribal leaders tried to secure the release three Western hostages the Islamists are holding, a tribal leader said. About 8,000 soldiers have been taking part in the offensive, which was launched on Monday against on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) stronghold in the small town of al-Manaseh, in al-Bayda province south of the capital Sanaa. The army began its offensive after the militants rejected demands to release the hostages being held in the town. ...

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