30 Aug '13, 1pm

US kills local AQAP commander in drone strike in central Yemen

Kaid al Dhahab, the new AQAP emir for Baydah province. Photo from The Yemen Post . The US killed a local commander for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and two other fighters in the first reported drone strike in Yemen in 20 days. Kaid al Dhahab, the AQAP commander, served as the group's emir in the central province of Baydah. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers killed Kaid and the two other fighters this morning as they were traveling in a vehicle in the village of Manasseh in Baydah, tribal sources and officials told AFP . Mohammed Albasha, Yemen's official spokesman in Washington, confirmed Kaid's death in a statement on Twitter. "AQAP's commander in Baydah, kaid al Dhahab, the Emir of AAS [Ansar al Sharia, AQAP's political front in Yemen] in Rada'a was killed in an airstrike. He evaded capture\death before," Albasha said . AQAP has ...

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