24 Dec '12, 6pm

US drone strike kills Jordanian, Yemeni AQAP operatives

The US targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in the first reported drone strike in Yemen in seven weeks. A Yemeni and a Jordanian AQAP operative are said to have been killed after remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired several missiles at their vehicle as they traveled in the Manaseeh area of Baydah province in central Yemen, local intelligence officials and tribesmen told AFP . Three more "militants" are said to have been wounded. The Yemeni AQAP operative was identified as Abdullah Hussein al Waeli, a "member from Marib province who was wanted after he escaped from prison two years ago," according to AFP . The identity of the Jordanian was not disclosed. Jordanians are known to fight in Yemen as members of AQAP. Two Jordanian operatives, including a cousin of slain al Qaeda in Iraq emir Abu Musab al Zarqawi, are reported to have been ki...

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