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4 Yemen Al-Qaeda Leaders Killed in Suspected US Drone Strike

SANAA, Yemen (AP)– Islamic militant websites say four leading members of Yemen’s Al-Qaeda branch have been killed in a suspected U.S.drone strike the previous day in an eastern Yemen province.

The four died in Yemen’s southern port of Mukalla on the Arabian Sea, where rockets believed to have been fired by U.S. drones hit Al-Qaeda militants based in the city’s presidential residence Monday, according to security officials.

The militant Aamaq outlet, affiliated with ISIS – an Al-Qaeda rival – says the four include Maamoun Hatem, reportedly an ISIS sympathizer. The three other militants were identified as Abu Anwar al-Kutheiri, Mohammed Saleh al-Gharabi and Mabkhout Waqash al-Sayeri.

The compound in Mukalla was recently captured by Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, viewed by Washington as the terror group’s most dangerous affiliate.

 

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