The commander of the fourth military region Fadhal Hassan has said that the Houthis and ousted President Ali Adullah Saleh stand behind al-Qaeda's operations in the southern governorate of Abyan.
He emphasized that the Yemeni military will use an iron fist against the terrorist groups, citing that they will be pursued everywhere in Yemen.
During his visit to military positions which witnessed confrontations between the Yemeni army and al-Qaeda during the past days, Hassan highly appreciated sacrifices provided by members of the army in fighting terrorists.
The Yemeni government has recently said it was preparing a plan to totally eliminate al-Qaeda from the governorate of Abyan.
Al-Qaeda militias tried during the few past days to restore their strongholds in some districts of Abyan governorate, but the Yemeni army backed by the Arab Coalition forced them to retreat.