May 10, 2012

Air attacks and mortar fire killed 20 Al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen on Thursday, including eight who died in US drone strikes, officials and tribal sources said.

The latest attacks follow a deadly raid on Sunday that killed a top Al-Qaeda leader wanted by the United States, and amid reports a Saudi mole had infiltrated the network and supplied information to the CIA.

The drone strikes took place around midnight (2100 GMT Wednesday) in the town of Jaar, an Al-Qaeda stronghold in Abyan province, a source in the town said.

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