Over the weekend, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Yemeni military both suffered losses during fighting in the capital and in a city in the east.

On May 24, AQAP launched an assault on Seyoun in the eastern province of Hadramout in an effort to take control of the city. According to Reuters, a large group of AQAP fighters traveling in 15 pickup trucks entered the city and attacked “at least seven locations, including the main military posts, the police headquarters, government offices, bank branches and the airport.” The AQAP assault was led by “Jalal Balaidi, a senior al Qaeda figure in the region.”

Yemeni forces repelled the assault after several hours of fighting. Twelve soldiers and 15 AQAP fighters, including two Saudis, were killed. […]