New Drone Strike in Yemen Kills 4 Linked to al-Qaeda

Two civilians also reported dead as US hits convoy

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2013 6:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least four people linked to al-Qaeda are dead after a US drone strike targeted a two-vehicle convoy in Yemen's Mareb province at dawn today, security officials say. While Reuters reports the drones, seen circling the area after two vehicles went up in flames, killed as many as six suspected militants, CNN says just four had links to the terrorist group; two others were civilians. That brings the total dead—through six strikes in less than two weeks—to 29 as reports of renewed terrorist activity in the area spread.

"Mareb was a previous stronghold for al-Qaeda, and a number of members of the group still live in the province," a security official told CNN, but not everyone is thrilled with the American decision to launch strikes. "The killing conducted by unmanned planes in Yemen is outside the law and worse than the terrorist activities of individuals and groups," says Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman in condemning today's attack.

Police in an armored vehicle secure a road leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, after non-essential personnel were ordered to leave the country.
Police in an armored vehicle secure a road leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, after non-essential personnel were ordered to leave the country.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night.
In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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