Monday, April 21, 2014

U.S. Drone Strikes Target Islamist Militants.

Over the weekend, U.S. Airstrikes, specifically Drone Strikes, leveled terrorist training camps. The strikes continued Monday,  for the third day straight. The number killed are at least 65 Al Qaeda militants.
The strikes, in the province of al-Bayda, come days after a video surfaced depicting nearly 100  Islamist militants meeting in broad daylight out of either stupidity or arrogance. Either way it gave the military 'high confidence' the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda's presence contributed to dangerous acts of terror and brazenly threatened the United States on the video released. On Saturday, almost 13 people were killed including three civilians. Sunday roughly 30 died and today, Monday, an estimated 16 militants died. At this time, the strike continues so the exact number of militants killed may not be completely accurate.

"By noontime in W
ashington, DC on Monday, the Associated Press reported that 55 Al-Qaeda militants were among those that had been killed in an hours-long series of strikes that targeted a training camp operated by the group, according to Yemen's interior ministry. The United States is alleged to have carried out the strike using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, but does not legally have to acknowledge any operations conducted by its Central Intelligence Agency and has not commented."

"At the same time on Monday, an anonymous Yemeni government official briefed on the strikes told CNN that the strikes had yet to cease and that at, by his count, at least 30 alleged militants had been killed. Statistics regarding the death toll remain fluid, but preliminary reports concerning the strikes suggest that the number of those killed since Saturday is in the dozen.

Yemen's Saba news agency reported that a drone strike in the central province of Bayda on Saturday killed 10 suspected militants and three civilians. A Yemeni military officials added to the AP that a car carrying the alleged militants was struck by a missile as it drove by a vehicle carrying civilians, and an eyewitness who survived the attack said a second strike occurred soon after. Three civilians were injured in addition to those slain in that attack, the AP reported.

"Minutes after the first attack, a second attack took place, killing three of my friends," eyewitness Salem al-Kashm told CNN after. "The drone then kept going in circles after the attack to ensure that none of the militants were able to escape."

On Sunday, US drones reportedly targeted an Al-Qaeda training camp in the nearby province of Abyan and killed another 30. (1)."

1). RT. (21 April 2014). US unleashes three days of drone strikes on Yemen, 55 killed. RT. http://rt.com/usa/drone-yemen-dozens-dead-880/

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