Friday, April 13, 2012
A Yemeni soldier shades himself from the sun as anti-government protesters perform the weekly Friday prayers during a rally the the capital in Sanaa, on April 13, 2012. Al-Qaeda, still smarting from the loss of its iconic leader Osama bin Laden, appears determined to capture the south Yemeni town of Loder in a bid to build itself a secure base in the Arabian Peninsula. Its location between three provinces gives Loder strategic importance, and it can also provide a safe haven from bombardment from the sea, experts say, adding that the militant group is seeking to extend its influence across the region.
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