Saturday, October 15, 2011

Drone strike kills seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen including Al-Awlaki's son - 15th Oct 2011

An American drone strike in southern Yemen has killed seven al-Qaida-linked militants, including the media chief for the group's Yemeni branch and the son of a prominent U.S.-born cleric slain in a similar attack last month.

In the capital, meanwhile, forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters, killing at least nine and wounding scores, according to medical officials and witnesses.

The airstrike late Friday in the southeastern province of Shabwa points to Washington's growing use of drones to target al-Qaida militants in Yemen.

The missile attacks appear to be part of a determined effort to stamp out the threat from the group, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which U.S. officials have said is the terror network's most active and most dangerous branch. Read More