US drone strike kills three Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen's jihadi stronghold of Shabwa
A US drone strike has killed three suspected members of Al-Qaeda in Yemen's Shabwa province, a jihadist stronghold in the south, a security official said on Saturday.
Aden (Yemen): A US drone strike has killed three suspected members of Al-Qaeda in Yemen's Shabwa province, a jihadi stronghold in the south, a security official said on Saturday.
The strike hit a vehicle in Saeed district late on Friday killing the driver and both passengers, the official said.
Washington considers Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based branch to be its most dangerous and has conducted a long-running drone war against its leaders.
Since President Donald Trump took office in January, the campaign has intensified.
Last month, US commandos conducted a ground raid on an Al-Qaeda headquarters compound in Marib province, further north, killing at least seven militants in a fight that left several US troops wounded.
For more than two years, Yemen has been locked in a devastating civil war between the Saudi-backed government and Shiite rebels who control the capital.
Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the conflict to expand its presence in several areas of southern and eastern Yemen under the nominal control of the government and its allies in a Saudi-led military coalition.
The cloud of social restrictions that loomed over generations in the kingdom is dissipating; no longer are eye-popping concerts, movie theatres and women driving impossible or illegal
The highly publicised creation of al-Qaida “franchises” in Iraq and elsewhere including Egypt, North Africa and Yemen, among others, seemed to indicate the revival of al-Qaida.