Official: Three suspected militants killed in drone strike south Yemen

By REUTERS
August 1, 2013 15:58

 
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ADEN - At least three suspected al-Qaida militants were killed on Thursday in east Yemen by missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft, the third such strike in under a week, a government official said.

Drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida targets in Yemen are usually carried out by US forces, although Washington does not comment publicly on the practice.

The US government backs Yemen with funds and logistical support in its efforts to quash Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), considered one of the most aggressive branches of the global militant organization.

The drone attack happened ahead of a meeting on Thursday in Washington between US President Barack Obama and his Yemeni counterpart Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The two are due to discuss their "counter-terrorism partnership", according to a White House statement.

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