Suspected US drone strike kills 7 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

SANAA: Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected US drone strike has killed seven alleged al-Qaida operatives in the central province.
They said Thursday‘s strike hit a house believed to have been used by the militants. The US is believed to have carried out at least five drone strikes in since the beginning of March.

The tribal leaders spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Al-Qaida in the , as the Yemen affiliate is known, has long been seen as the global network‘s most dangerous branch.

Yemen was plunged into civil war nearly three years ago. Al-Qaida and an affiliate have exploited the chaos to expand their presence.

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