US Drone Kills 3 More in Yemen as Strikes Intensify

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 05:41 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

SANAA, Yemen — A U.S. drone killed three suspected al-Qaida militants in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours as Washington intensifies efforts to eradicate al-Qaida's Yemeni branch after recent warnings of possible attacks.

The three men were traveling in a vehicle in the province of Hadramout in an area called Ghail Bawazeer, about 28 miles from the provincial capital Mukalla, when they were targeted by the drone on Thursday night, the official told Reuters.

Residents reported hearing a large explosion and later saw the car destroyed.

Yemen said on Wednesday it had foiled a plot by al-Qaida to seize Mukalla, a port city on the Gulf of Aden, as well as two major oil and gas export terminals.

This announcement came after intelligence on potential attacks by militants prompted Washington to shut missions across the Middle East, and the United States and Britain to evacuate staff from Yemen.

Earlier on Thursday, 14 militants died in two drone strikes in the central Yemeni province of Maarib. At least 28 al-Qaida suspects have been killed by drones in the past two weeks, a marked increase in the frequency of such strikes.

Security in Yemen is of regional and global importance. As the base for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), considered one of the most aggressive branches of the global militant organization, Yemen shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally and the world's top oil exporter.

AQAP has carried out attacks in Saudi Arabia and has made several attempts on U.S. targets. In 2009, Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who had been trained by AQAP in Yemen, tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with a bomb in his underpants.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

China Says Nets 180 Graft Suspects in Overseas Manhunt

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 06:52 AM

China says it has captured 180 people suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption c . . .

Cardinal Burke: Pope Cannot Change Christ's Teachings on Marriage

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 12:50 PM

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the highest court in the Catholic Church, has said that despite recent murmurs that t . . .

Officials: Dozens of Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Joining ISIS

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 11:48 AM

Former Guantanamo Bay detainees may have joined up with Islamic State forces (ISIS) or other extremist groups within the . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved