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Yemen holds US citizen for suspected al-Qaida ties

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

The military pushed the militants out of a string of cities and towns in a bloody offensive in June, although al-Qaida-linked fighters have retained training camps in mountainous areas surrounding the cities and have continued to carry out suicide attacks targeting top intelligence, military and security officials in the south.

On Tuesday, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was in Shabwa for a series of meetings with tribal leaders.

In video of the meeting aired on state TV, Hadi he urged the tribes to unite with the government in the fight against al-Qaida. He also warned them against providing shelter to militants, saying the government "will not tolerate anyone who helps al-Qaida."

The same day, authorities discovered three decapitated bodies that had been dumped in an open-air market in the eastern province of Marib. Local media reported that CDs found next to the bodies showed the men confessing to being government informants against al-Qaida and placing tracking devices on cars that became targets for U.S. drone strikes. One of the men said he worked for a tire repair shop and used to plant chips in militants' vehicles while replacing their tires.

The killings could deal a blow to the government's efforts to build trust with local tribesmen in the fight against al-Qaida.

Washington, which considers Yemen's al-Qaida branch to be the terror network's most dangerous offshoot, has launched dozens of drone attacks targeting the group's leaders.