US drone strikes killed 7 in Yemen
Aden: A US drone strike killed seven Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province on Wednesday, tribal sources said, amid fears of an imminent attack by the network’s deadly franchise.
Washington has closed 19 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa, citing intercepted communications among militants, reportedly including an attack order from Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
AQAP is seen as the global Islamist militant network’s most capable franchise following the decimation of Al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years. United States has launched scores of drone strikes in Yemen, where the militant group thrives in vast, lawless areas largely outside the government’s control.
Yemen has listed the names of 25 Al-Qaeda suspects wanted in connection with an alleged plot to launch a major attack before Ramadan ends and the Eid al-Fitr feast begins on Thursday.