Xinhua
May 12, 2014

To avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defined "militant" to mean "all military-age males in a strike zone" / Glenn Greenwald, Salon
To avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defined “militant” to mean “all military-age males in a strike zone” / Glenn Greenwald, Salon

A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected al-Qaida militants in northeast Yemen on Monday morning, officials and tribesmen said.

The strike hit the suspects’ car in Husoon village of Al- Shabwan tribal area in the northeast province of Marib, killing the four men inside, they said.

The Yemeni army, backed by U.S. military support, waged a wide- scale assault on al-Qaida strongholds since last week in the country’s southern territories, killing scores of militants.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry announced Thursday that army troops have dislodged al-Qaida militants from their last bastion in the southeastern province of Shabwa after two weeks of fighting.

The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has vowed to hit back in main cities including the capital.

The AQAP, known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, is considered a major threat to the Yemeni government and to neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.


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