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US drone strike kills Al-Qaeda commander in Yemen

October 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

Buildings in ruin after an air strike hit Yemen on 6 August 2016 [United Nations OCHA/Flickr]

A United States drone strike has killed an Al-Qaeda commander in Yemen, Al Jazeera Arabic reported.

Shroum Al-Sanaani, military commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in a targeted attack whilst travelling on a motorcycle with another unidentified person. Both were executed in the strike, with no reports of civilian casualties. The United States has not made an official comment on the incident.

The targeted drone strike was executed in Al-Bayda province, in a district called Nekla which is a stronghold of AQAP. Drone strikes and counter-terrorism raids regularly take place in Al-Bayda province, southern Yemen.

US President Donald Trump introduced new legal rules in March that permit the military and Central Intelligence Agency to launch strikes and raids without US Congressional approval. The United States considers itself at war with AQAP.

US drone strikes in Yemen have killed 1,238 people since 2002, with 300 reported injured.

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