US Drone Strike Kills Three al-Qaeda Suspects in South Yemen

Two civilians injured, including a woman

A US drone strike in southern Yemen on Sunday killed three people, who Yemeni officials described as suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Two civilians were wounded.

The drone fired missiles at a car traveling the road between Bayda and Shabwa Provinces. Details on who the slain were, or why they came to be targeted, are as yet unclear.

AQAP has remained active in Yemen since the Arab Spring.

US strikes in Yemen have become less common, amid concerns that without US troops and intelligence in the area, they simply don’t know about as many opportunities.

Author: Jason Ditz

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