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House of Lords written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capture of Zinjibar in south Yemen, and of the possible involvement of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in this act.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We are aware of ongoing fighting in and around Zinjibar between Government of Yemen security forces and militants which may include an element comprising al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP continues to represent a threat not only to the people of Yemen, but also to the UK and its allies.

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