US Drone Strike Kills Four in Yemen

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Published Monday, February 2, 2015

A drone strike killed at least four al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen on Monday, tribal sources said, the third attack in a week after Washington vowed to pursue its anti-jihadist campaign in the Arabian Peninsula.

The unmanned aircraft, which only the United States operates in the region, targeted a car carrying "at least four" people in Baida province, the sources said.

They said the bodies inside the car were left charred.

This was the third such strike since US President Barack Obama vowed on January 25 no let-up in Washington's campaign against jihadists in Yemen.

Obama had dismissed suggestions that deepening chaos in Yemen since last month's resignation of Western-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had forced a change in Washington's campaign against al-Qaeda.

Obama ruled out US troop deployment in Yemen but said Washington would continue "to go after high value targets inside Yemen", admitting however that this was "a long, arduous process."

According to the New America Foundation, the United States has carried out more than 110 strikes on targets in Yemen since 2009, mostly using drones.

Four suspected militants were killed in a drone strike on Saturday, while another raid killed three persons on January 26.

On January 27, a Yemeni rights group said a sixth grade student was among those who killed in January 26 US drone strike east of the capital Sanaa.

In December 2013, a US drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, mostly civilians.

Critics of US drone strikes have denounced the impact the attacks have had on Yemeni civilians, who have been killed or seen their homes destroyed.

The United States counts any male of military age killed in drone strikes as “militants,” regardless of their actual involvement with al-Qaeda.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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