Yemen: A Yemeni security official says his country is setting up regional anti-terrorism units to confront al-Qaida operatives in their strongholds.
The official said Sunday the special units will operate in four provinces believed to house senior al-Qaida leaders in a bid to "uproot" terrorism from Yemen. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the plan with reporters.
Yemen has highly trained U.S.-funded anti-terrorism security units. This is the first time officials have said the units will be based in the heartland of al-Qaida.
The move follows a conversation between Yemen`s President and a top U.S. counterterrorism official, who urged Sanaa to take "forceful" action against al-Qaida and improve cooperation.