Minister of Defense, Major General Mohammad Nasser Ahmed, along with Aden governor Waheed Ali Rasheed have reviewed combat readiness of military units as they visited on Wednesday a number of military and security units in Aden.
Media sources stated that preparations are ongoing to carry out military storm against Zinjibar town controlled by Al-Qaeda a year ago.
According to the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) Defense Minister visited Badr camp on Wednesday, pointing out that the minister was received by the commander of the Southern Military Region Salem Ali Qatan who briefed him on the combat readiness of the camp's military units.
President Abdu Rabo Hadi had vowed in an address delivered before Yemeni officers and troops last week that he will defeat Al-Qaeda. However, Al-Qaeda attacked hours after the address a military position in Abyan, killed and captured dozens of the Yemeni troops.
Meanwhile, a senior Yemeni military commander Mohammed Ali Mohsin has revealed that all Yemen's armed forces received no weapons except the Republican Guard headed by Ahmed Ali, the elderly son of the former president Ali Abdullah Saelh since 1994.
In an interview with an English-speaking newspaper, Mohsin revealed that Saleh directed 25 percent of the armed forces' budget to go to the Republican Guard.
He said the purchase of weapons does not go through the Defense Ministry, pointing out that private deals are performed without the knowledge of the Defense Ministry.
"The daily food ration for each soldier in the Republican Guard is 150 grams per day, while the soldier's ration in any other military unit is only 75 grams" he added.