Yemen leader names new commander of special forces

March 17, 2014 GMT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen state TV is reporting that the country’s president has named a new commander to head the U.S.-trained special forces leading the fight against al-Qaida-linked militants.

The television report Monday said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi replaced the current head of the special forces with the commander of the military police Maj. Gen. Megali Ahmed Majdiya. Hadi also appointed a new chief of staff for the special forces. The outgoing commander of the special forces was appointed to the military operations unit in the Defense Ministry.

The special forces have at the forefront of Yemen’s fight against the local branch of al-Qaida, considered by Washington to be the most active in the world. Washington has been aiding the Yemeni government.