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September 17 2001

A Yemeni military returnee said that 24 Yemeni army officers and politicians returned Friday to Aden from Damascus, Syria after a seven-year exile. Lt. Col. Mahdi Shaush said that a group of 20 officers, four civilians and more than 75 family members returned from Damascus. The returnees were leaders in the abortive 1994 secession attempt by formerly South Yemen which had been unified with former Yemen Arab Republic in 1990. President Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier issued a pardon and gave his directives to ease the return of the exiles.