U.S. Drone Kills Three Alleged al-Qaida Members in Yemen

It is the first drone strike in the country since the cell claimed responsibility for attacking Yemen’s Defense ministry.

A NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone aircraft, takes off during a Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on September 10, 2013. The HS3 mission uses two of the unmanned aircraft to fly over tropical storms and hurricanes to monitor weather conditions, utlilizing the Global Hawk's ability to fly as high as 19.8 km (12.3 miles), as far as 20,278 km (12,600 miles) and stay in the air for as long as 28 hours.
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Jordain Carney
Dec. 10, 2013, 8:06 a.m.

A U.S. drone strike killed three sus­pec­ted mem­bers of Ye­men’s al-Qaida cell on Monday.

Ye­meni se­cur­ity of­fi­cials con­firmed the drone strike to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

The branch — known as al-Qaida in the Ar­a­bi­an Pen­in­sula — is con­sidered by of­fi­cials to be one of the most dan­ger­ous branches of the ter­ror­ist or­gan­iz­a­tion. AQAP claimed re­spons­ib­il­ity for an at­tack on Ye­men’s De­fense min­istry on Thursday, cit­ing U.S. drone strikes in the coun­try.

The U.S. mil­it­ary’s use of drones in the coun­try has de­creased so far in 2013 com­pared to 2012, which saw the most strikes since the the U.S. drone pro­gram began in the coun­try in 2002. It is the first strike this month, and the 24th strike in Ye­men this year.


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