Yemen: ‘ Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed by US Drone Strike ‘

#AceNewsReport – YEMEN:June.10: Three suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in an apparent US drone strike in Yemen’s jihadist-held southeastern port city of Mukalla, AFP reported.

The drone fired four missiles on three Al-Qaeda militants near the port of Mukalla, late on Tuesday, an official said.

The strike killed a “leading figure” within Al-Qaeda, according to the official.

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` Drone Strike in Eastern Yemen Kills Six Al-Qaeda Suspects ‘

 

#AceWorldNews – SANAA – YEMEN – May 12 – A suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed six Al Qaeda militants on Monday, military and security officials said.

 

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English: Air Force officials are seeking volunteers for future training classes to produce operators of the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The drone hit a car with Al Qaeda fighters in Marib province, in the Husoun al-Jalal area in Abieda Valley, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. They said authorities were checking for the identities of the slain militants.

 

Last year and in early January, drone strikes killed more than 12 suspected Al Qaeda militants in the same area of Marib province.

 

The U.S. considers Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to be the most dangerous in the world. The group overran large swaths of territory in southern Yemen in 2011 but the military has pushed back and over the past few weeks, the army and security forces have stepped up an offensive to rout militants from their strongholds.

 

The U.S., which trains Yemen’s counterterrorism forces, has been waging a heavy campaign of drone strikes in the impoverished country against suspected Al Qaeda targets, launching more than 100 such strikes since 2002, according to the nonpartisan public policy institute New America Foundation.

 

However, civilian casualties in the drone strikes have sparked anger in the country and among human rights groups.

 

Yemen’s Interior Ministry corrected late Sunday an earlier press release saying three suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed in clashes with security forces not far from the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, during the day. The new statement said the three victims were civilians who died in the crossfire.

 

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#AceWorldNews YEMEN May 11 Three gunmen killed in…

#AceWorldNewsYEMEN – May 11 – Three gunmen killed in attack on checkpoint in Yemen

 Three gunmen were killed attempting to attack a security checkpoint in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

The attack comes a couple of days after gunfire near the presidential palace in Sanaa and an apparent assassination attempt on the defense minister.

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#AceWorldNews YEMEN May 09 Yemeni Presidential Guard in…

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – May 09 – Yemeni Presidential Guard in gunfight with militants and a gunfight has broken out between security guards at the Yemeni presidential palace and militants in the capital Sanaa, according to Reuters.

Witnesses said the clashes were ongoing and heavy gunfire could be heard in the area surrounding the presidential place. An explosion was also heard near a government building housing political security staff, although the cause of the explosion was not clear. Yemen has been plagued by secessionist and religious insurgency for the last decade.

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Alistair Burt Middle Eastern Foreign Minister Welcomes Step that will Starve Al Qaeda of Access to Funding

#AceWorldNews says Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt welcomes step that will starve Al Qaeda of access to funding.

Speaking in New York the other day, where he co-chaired the Friends of Yemen conference, Mr Burt said:
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English: World map about terrorist attacks of al-Qaeda. Español: Atentados atribuidos a Al Qaida Dansk: Verdenskort med alle de terror angreb der påstås at været begået af al-Qaeda. Svenska: Världskarta över Al-qaida attentat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) aims to destabilise the Government of Yemen and its security forces. Its ability to do so is significantly enhanced by funding gained through large ransom payments for foreign national hostages. We estimate that in the last two years AQAP has received almost US$20 million in ransom payments. Should this continue, AQAP’s attack capability in Yemen and against its friends and neighbours will only strengthen. “Many Friends of Yemen members in this room have experienced the kidnap of their nationals overseas, and know the terrible impact kidnaps have on individuals and their families. But they also know that making concessions to terrorists, including through ransom payments, serves only to fuel the problem and increases the risk to our nationals.

That is why members of the G8, many of whom are here today, took the unprecedented step at the G8 Summit in Lough Erne to unequivocally reject ransom payments to terrorists. Similar action to reject ransoms to terrorists by Yemen and its friends, who are committed to Yemen’s recovery, will starve AQAP of access to the funding it relies on to exist.

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