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    FBI director, Yemeni president pledge wider fight against Al Qaeda

    Government hits insurgent-held city, kills militant

    SANA, Yemen - FBI Director Robert Mueller and Yemen’s new president pledged to step up the fight against Al Qaeda on Tuesday only hours after government forces fought their way to the heart of a southern Yemeni city that has been held by Islamic extremists for nearly a year.

    Yemeni officials also said a senior Al Qaeda in Yemen commander, who had been convicted in a 2002 attack on a French oil tanker but later escaped from prison, was killed in an airstrike over the weekend in a remote area in northeast Yemen.

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