Shiite rebel TV station says its fighters seize Yemen air base where US advised al-Qaida fight

A television station run by Yemen's Shiite rebels says Houthi fighters and their allies have seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida.

The satellite Al-Masirah news channel reported Wednesday that the fighters had "secured" the al-Annad air base. It claimed the base had been looted by both al-Qaida fighters and troops loyal to embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Officials loyal to Hadi had no immediate comment.

The U.S. recently evacuated some 100 soldiers, including Special Forces commandos, from the base after al-Qaida seized a nearby town. Britain also evacuated soldiers.

The base was crucial in the U.S. drone campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which America considers to be the most dangerous branch of the terror group.