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But while the militants have been expelled from some of their strongholds, Yemeni forces acknowledge that their recent gains against al Qaeda are precarious. Yemeni fighters combating the group in the hinterlands of Shabwa and Abyan provinces say al Qaeda has weathered this pounding and remains a fierce opponent. In recent months, militants have pressed their campaign of hit and run attacks and strategic retreats, and have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations, targeting government officials, security forces and others.

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