Sana'a: Al Qaida militants have retreated overnight from the town of Rada'a small historical outpost southeast of Sana'a, Yemen's Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday.
The militants seized the town almost ten days ago. Local media sources said that Tarek Al Dhaheb, the leader of militants who is close to Anwar Al Awlaqi, accepted a mediation by local tribesmen and agreed to pull out his fighters in return for freeing his incarcerated brother who is accused of affiliation with Al Qaida.
Al Masderonline, an independent website, reported that the tribesmen pledged to Al Qaida leader to set up a commission from "incorrupt and religious people".
Al Dhaheb threatened that he will reoccupy the town if the tribesmen did not stick to the agreement.
The militants are demanding that the government release Al Qaida inmates and declare the town of Rada an Islamic emirate.