This summer, a Yemeni military campaign against AQAP in southern Yemen was orchestrated by U.S. military advisers and financially assisted by neighboring Saudi Arabia. The U.S. helped Yemenis from a command center manned by dozens of U.S. troops in the southern desert outside of the main battle zones. They coordinated assaults and airstrikes, and have carried out drone strikes.
‘‘It’s not only the Yemeni government. Any state that was supporting it, including the U.S., should bear responsibility for the killing of civilians,’’ Nasser said.
Since the offensive drove al-Qaida from the towns, the militants have sought refuge in nearby mountain areas and retaliated with assassinations of security and military officials and suicide bombings.
Nasser warned that the conflict could renew, with both sides ‘‘committing the same violations.’’
Batrawy reported from Cairo.