US President Barack Obama condemned the recent attacks on Yemeni security forces attributed to al-Qaeda.
The President offered support for Yemen in battling the Islamist group, according to a White House statement.
Obama’s counterterrorism aide John Brennan called President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen on Monday to relay Obama’s “personal condolences” on the deaths of Yemeni security forces in attacks over the past two days, said the White House.
Brennan said Obama “strongly condemned the brutal attacks, which reflect the group’s clear intent to kill Yemenis who are valiantly seeking to stop Al-Qaeda’s attempts to carry out terrorist attacks in Yemen as well as in other countries.”
Brennan told Salehthat “the United States is determined to stand with the government and people of Yemen in confronting Al-Qaeda and that President Obama is committed to continuing the provision of security, economic, and development assistance to Yemen.”
Al-Qaeda militants killed 10 soldiers last Friday in separate ambushes on two military convoys in the restive southern governorate of Abyan, Yemeni officials said.
In a separate incident the next day, armed separatists killed two Yemeni soldiers and wounded another in an attack on a military checkpoint in southern Lahj province, according to a security official.