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
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)

(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.

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Aug 8, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
What about the prison escapees? Can't believe after the first prison attack, that two more followed. Our presence in the region is a joke.
Aug 8, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Very good experience for budding gamers. You have a 19 year old grad of Air Force tech school sitting in a comfortable, air conditioned control pod. He sees the target, gets authorization from Langley, and then sets the kill. Not bad for a kid that spent most of high school playing Wii in the wee hours. Reagan got it right, it would be the kids that form our modern army with video game age weapons. It turned out to be true you old stinker.
Aug 8, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
If the "civilians" were with the terrorists, they knew the risks. The lesson here is be careful of the company you keep. And you can call me................Mr Joshua