Suspected US drone strike kills three in Yemen

Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A suspected US drone strike killed three people in northwestern Yemen on Wednesday, local officials said.

The victims were traveling in a car in al-Jawf province when they were targeted, the officials said, adding that a local al-Qaeda leader, identified as Ali Saleh Jraim, was among those killed.

The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the network.

Yemen, AQAP's main stronghold, is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones, although it does not comment on the practice.

Washington views Yemen as a front line in its fight against al-Qaeda.

Yemen is also struggling with demands by southern separatists for independence and an offensive by the Houthi movement to extend its control over the north.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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