The US killed eight people, including two Saudi al Qaeda fighters, in a drone strike yesterday in Marib province in central Yemen. The strike is the first recorded in Yemen in 16 days.
The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers launched two missiles at a car as it traveled in the Abieda Valley in Marib province, according to The Associated Press and Reuters.
Two of those killed “were known al Qaeda militants of Saudi nationality,” AP reported. One of the Saudis is thought to be Ismail bin Jamil. Tribesmen blocked the road from Marib to the capital of Sana’a to protest the strikes, according to Reuters.
Today’s strike is the second this year, and the first in Yemen since Jan. 3, when US drones killed local AQAP commander Mukbel Abbad and two fighters in an attack as their vehicle traveled in the town of Rada’a in the central Yemen province of Baydah.
The US conducted five drone strikes in Yemen between Dec. 24, 2012 and Jan. 3, 2013. Prior to the Dec. 24 attack, the last recorded attack by the US in Yemen took place on Nov. 7, 2012.
The US launched 41 drone strikes against AQAP and its political front, Ansar al Sharia, in Yemen in 2012. The previous year, the US launched 10 drone and air strikes against the al Qaeda affiliate.
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and the hunt goes on. Well done.
I agree with you on all theese Mike.M!
Good shot! Keep up the good work.
Excellent work. Keep the killers looking over their shoulders.Hard to plan a massacre when you are worried about getting flash fried.
“Tribesmen blocked the road from Marib to the capital of Sana’a to protest the strikes, according to Reuters.” This is a great opportunity to test out one of our new road-unblocking hellfire missiles.