Saudi-led strikes push al-Qaeda out of Yemen town
Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition have forced al-Qaeda fighters out of a key town in southern Yemen. “Al-Qaeda militants have withdrawn from Azzan, the second city in Shabwa province, after coalition raids targeted their gatherings in the city” on August 8, an official said. A resident said by telephone that the militants had retreated northward and “no longer have a presence” in Azzan. Saudi Arabia’s coalition backs the Yemeni government against Huthi Shia rebels supported by Iran.
Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam waves to spectators during National Day celebrations in Singapore on August 9.