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July 4, 2011 8:52 am

50 Yemeni Troops Missing in Lawless South

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News Times – Dozens of Yemeni troops went missing after a battle with al-Qaida-linked militants at a sports stadium in the country’s increasingly lawless south, a military official said Saturday, describing a new setback for a weakened regime already facing an array of opponents.

Islamic militants in the south have made advances, carrying out daring attacks in an apparent attempt to exploit the power vacuum and turmoil. Saleh’s troops seem largely focused on securing his hold on power in Sanaa, the capital.

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