Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of the base and captured several soldiers in Shabwa province as the Shia Houthis tighten their grip on the capital and the US and Britain shutter their embassies.
According to Yemeni officials, the strike targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters as they were preparing to launch an attack in the southern province of Shabwa.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed that Shawki Ali Ahmed al Badani and Nabil al Dhahab were killed in yesterday’s drone strike in central Yemen. Badani was wanted by the US for plotting to attack US embassies.
The US drone strike in central Yemen coincides with an offensive by Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels who are fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The strike in Shabwa reportedly killed an AQAP military commander.
Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, who is also known as Abdulrahman al Sharqi, is a senior leader in the al Qaeda council assigned to attack the West and a specially designated global terrorist. Jihadists on Twitter have reported that he was killed, but his death has not been confirmed.
The Islamic State raised the black flag of jihad in Hit and attacked military headquarters in Ramadi and at Al Asad Airbase in the latest phase of its offensive to consolidate control of Anbar province.
The strike, the second in two days, took place in a northern province where top al Qaeda leaders have been targeted and killed in the past.