US Drones Batter Yemen Some More

34 suspected militants killed since July 27
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2013 3:28 AM CDT
US Drones Batter Yemen Some More
In this Monday, April 29, 2013 file photo, Yemeni soldiers stand guard as protestors, unseen, protest to denounce American drone attacks in Yemen, in front of the US embassy in Sanaa.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Amid continuing US concerns over al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the drone death toll in Yemen has reached 34 since July 27, by Yemeni officials' count. Yesterday, a trio of strikes killed 14 suspected militants, the BBC reports. The attacks occurred in Mareb and Hadramout provinces; they all hit cars, the AP reports, via the New York Times. Meanwhile, according to a Yemeni diplomat, the US is suspending plans to send some 100 Yemeni Guantanamo detainees to their home country. But a White House official says policy hasn't changed after Obama "lifted the moratorium on transfers in favor of a case-by-case evaluation." (More Yemen stories.)

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