Two al-Qaeda Suspects Among Three Killed in Yemen Drone Strike

No confirmation, but US suspected behind the attack

A drone strike destroyed a car in central Yemen, killing the three people within. One of those killed was a civilian, while the other two are being called suspected al-Qaeda members.

Yemen still has a substantial faction, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) based there, trying to take advantage of the ongoing war to gain power and allies.

AQAP is most often targeted by the US, and this drone strike is also suspected to be a US strike, even though there has as yet been no claim of responsibility. There are limited possibilities in Yemen.

Few nations are operational in Yemen at all, and fewer still would be out to kill AQAP members. Saudi Arabia is the prime airstrike culprit in Yemen, but on the ground AQAP is more often a tepid ally than an enemy, so it’s highly unlikely the Saudis would target them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.