Yemen officials: US forces evacuate as al-Qaida takes city
ADEN, Yemen (AP) -- As the chaos in Yemen grows, Yemeni military and security officials say a group of U.S. military forces, including Special Forces commandos, have evacuated an air base near a city seized by al-Qaida yesterday. The base is where American and European military advisers help Yemen battle the country's al-Qaida branch through drone strikes and logistical support.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to discuss troop movements. They did not say whether the troops left the country.
Al-Qaida's offensive comes as Shiite rebels hold the capital and nine of Yemen's 21 provinces.
Meanwhile, the Shiite Houthi rebels have issued a call to arms to fight forces loyal to the country's embattled president, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Their appeal came just minutes after Hadi gave a defiant speech challenging the Houthis, describing the rebels' rule in Sanaa and elsewhere as "a coup against constitutional legitimacy."