The French navy's contributions to the international coalition continue unabated to defeat ISIS's sleeper cells and the group's ideological extensions.
The group planted an IED on the main road in al-Mahfad but it exploded before the Security Belt Forces convoy had reached it.
The group's efforts to establish a stronghold in the province are doomed to fail, analysts say, and merely serve as a sign of its struggles.
Yemeni soldiers escorting humanitarian aid workers were targeted by a bomb planted in the city of Seyoun.
The two extremist groups continue to battle for dominance in al-Humaydah district, with ISIS retaking territory captured by al-Qaeda.
The two groups have been vying for influence in al-Bayda province, especially after the losses AQAP has suffered in other Yemeni provinces.
By supplying weapons to its proxies and affiliates in Syria and the Middle East, the IRGC has been undermining regional security, experts say.
Political and religious leaders across the region and world have denounced the attack, which killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch.
A mortar was fired on a meeting attended by local and Security Belt Forces commanders at a camp in al-Mahfad district.
The group has been weakened by the loss of some territory it once controlled in the southern provinces and is facing financial difficulties.