Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend UAV strikes take out over 68 people in Yemen.

(Sana'a) A hectic weekend of UAV strikes agaisnt terrorist targets inside Yemen these past 3 days has resulted in the deaths of 68 suspected terrorists , with 3 civilians unfortunately caught up as well.

The US has targeted al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is based in Yemen, claiming it is the most dangerous al-Qa’ida affiliate in the world.The drone strikes at the weekend were directed at what was called an al-Qa’ida base in the far south of the country, built in recent months and said to contain a training ground and storehouses for weapons, food and vehicles.

The US has stepped up its drone offensive against AQAP in Yemen in the past two years after the group had captured and later lost several southern cities in 2011. In a show of defiance, AQAP recently posted a video showing its leader, Nasser al-Wahishi, meeting openly with dozens of militants in Abyan province in the south.....Big Mistake.

A strike on Saturday killed at least 55 militants – though others gave higher figures – including three prominent al-Qa’ida-linked figures.

A second strike on Saturday in the central province of al-Bayda killed 15 al-Qa’ida suspects and three civilians,

A strike on Sunday night killed three militants, one of whom may have been a senior commander, when a missile blasted their off-road vehicle in the southern Shabwa province.