TUE 17 - 10 - 2017
Date: Apr 8, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
Two Al-Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen drone strike
Agence France Presse
ADEN: Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike in war-torn Yemen, local security sources said Saturday amid a surge in U.S. raids against extremists.

The sources said the drone, apparently American, hit the fighters on Friday evening as they rode a motorbike through the Sawmaa area of central Baida province.

The region is a stronghold of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has taken advantage of the chaos caused by more than two years of civil war to expand its presence in Yemen.

Baida was the site of the first raid ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump after he took office in January.

The U.S. has since escalated its drone war in Yemen, where security officials have reported dozens of suspected extremist fighters killed in strikes on Abyan, Baida and the neighboring province of Shabwa.

The Pentagon says it has carried out over 70 airstrikes in Yemen since Feb. 28.

More than 7,700 people – most of them civilians – have been killed in Yemen's war since a March 2015 military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite Huthi rebels, the World Heath Organization says.

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