Thursday, April 18, 2013

US drones kill 5 AQAP operatives in Yemen

The US launched a pair of drone strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula today in a remote area in central Yemen, according to reports. The strikes are the first recorded in the country since the end of January.
The remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers attacked two separate targets in the Oussab al Ali area, which was described by The Associated Press as a mountainous region "located in the middle of three provinces of central Damar, southern Ibb and eastern Hodeida."
The first strike killed four AQAP fighters as they were driving a vehicle in the area, Yemeni intelligence officials told AP.
The second strike killed Hamed Radman, who was described as an "influential al Qaeda member" who "played a role in recruitment." A Yemeni witness in the area said that US drones were deployed over the village where Radman was killed for three days before striking.

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 from XINHUA:
2013-04-18 02:56:14

SANAA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. drone strike killed at least five al-Qaida militants in Yemen's central province of Dhamar on Wednesday night, an interior ministry official told Xinhua.

"Five al-Qaida operatives, including its leader in Dhamar province Hamid al-Radami, were confirmed killed by two missiles fired from the unmanned warplane tonight," the official said on condition of anonymity.

"The targeted militants were all in a car driving in Madhlab area in Wisab Alaly district near the house of al-Qaida's local leader al-Radami," the official said, adding that "they were all under surveillance since they left al-Radami's house few minutes before the airstrike."

"It was a joint military operation between Yemeni, U.S. and Saudi intelligence services," he said.

Al-Radami, also known as Abu Osama, had set up several hidden training camps for al-Qaida in Dhamar province, about 100 km south of Yemen's capital Sanaa.

The strike came after a pause of more than two months by the U. S. unmanned warplanes, which Yemeni security officials said take off from a U.S. military base in southern Saudi Arabia.

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