June 16 - Newly ''freed'' Yemenis express regret that al Qaeda-backed groups are being rooted out by military. Jessica Gray reports.
Yemen is on a mission to reclaim cities lost to al Qaeda-backed operatives. But residents of newly "freed" communities like Jaar say they miss the security they felt under militant control. Shortly after Yemeni forces swept in last Tuesday, residents say government buildings were robbed and looting increased sharply. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MUHAMMAD MUHSSIEN BAKER, JAAR RESIDENT, SAYING: "The way those youths (the militants) ruled the city, frankly speaking, was a successful model. People felt security and stability. The vendor could leave his shop without worrying about his goods. We always go (to the mosque) for prayers and come back to find our goods untouched." Many cities in this province were taken over by militant groups during last year's successful revolt against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. More than a year later, Yemen's military is rooting these groups out, and have won several decisive victories in key cities. Military leaders hope to unite community members under Yemen's new government, but face a tough road ahead during the transition. Jessica Gray, Reuters