On Tuesday, 10 people suspected of being al-Qaeda militants were killed by American drone strikes in Yemen according to official Yemeni media reports.
Reports indicate that in separate attacks, missiles fired from Predator drones hit two cars carrying seven people in the town of Radda in southern Yemen. SABA, the state-run news agency in Yemen, claims that among those killed in the strike was Abdullah Awad al-Masri. Al-Masri, also known as Abou Osama al-Maribi, is described as “one of the most dangerous elements” of al-Qaeda operating in the country. He allegedly ran a “bomb-making” facility located in the Bayda province.
In the other drone attack, three “al-Qaeda militants” were killed while driving in the Zoukaika region of Hadramawt.
All of the dead are alleged to have been part of the al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the Yemeni branch of the larger al-Qaeda network.
One of the most notorious deaths in Yemen of a person accused of being an al-Qaeda operative was that of Anwar al-Awlaki. Anwar al-Awlaki was an American and so was his 16-year-old son. Neither of these men was charged with any crime.
Awlaki was placed on the president’s infamous kill list after he was suspected of influencing the Ft. Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hassan, as well as the so-called Underwear Bomber, Umar Abdulmutallab. No official charges were ever filed against the American-born cleric. The government never attempted to apprehend him and try him for his alleged atrocities. He was placed on a proscription list and murdered.
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