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Tags: Yemen | kill | drone | AQAP

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills al-Qaida Militants in Yemen

Saturday, 31 January 2015 04:45 PM EST

A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaida militants on Saturday and possibly another drone crashed in a different part of the country, residents said.

Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is considered one of the most powerful branches of the global militant group and claimed responsibility for deadly shootings in Paris on Jan. 7.

For years, the United States has cooperated with Yemeni security forces to track and bomb AQAP members in the country's rural badlands, a strategy that rights groups have criticized for causing repeated civilian deaths.

But after Shi'ite Muslim rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September and took over President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's residence earlier this month, he and his cabinet resigned.

Hadi was a staunch defender of the drone program, and his exit has left the Islamist Houthi rebels, whose motto is "death to America," the de facto rulers of the country.

U.S. officials have told Reuters the Houthi takeover was depriving them of sufficient intelligence to locate AQAP targets and avoid killing civilians in the attacks.

Saturday's strike occurred in the remote desert town of al-Saeed in Shabwa province in southern Yemen. Residents told Reuters the dead men were al Qaida militants.

Separately, residents of the al-Hada district of central Dhamar province told Reuters that a drone crashed in an open area there. It was not immediately clear if it was the same drone that conducted the deadly air strike in Shabwa.

Another drone strike on Monday, the first since Hadi's resignation, killed two suspected AQAP militants and a sixth grader.

Nineteen U.S. drone strikes killed 124 militants and four civilians in Yemen in 2014, according to the New America Foundation, which maintains a database of drone operations.

© 2022 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


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A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaida militants on Saturday and possibly another drone crashed in a different part of the country, residents said.Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is considered one of the most powerful...
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