Al Qaeda: September attack targeted joint Yemeni-U.S. drone base


Reuters
Oct. 14, 2013

The Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda said on Monday its attack on a Yemeni army base last month targeted an operations room used by the United States to direct drone strikes against militants, and it threatened more such assaults.

Dozens of militants stormed and captured the headquarters of the Yemeni army’s Second Division in the eastern coastal city of al-Mukalla on September 30 and took some military personnel hostage. Military officials said four Yemeni soldiers were killed and nine wounded in a counter-strike to retake the base.

A Yemeni official denied that the army base contained a joint U.S.-Yemeni operations room, saying its task was to prevent piracy in nearby Arabian Sea lanes.

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