Drone strike kills 2 Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

In this file photo, people gather around a motorcycle destroyed in a drone strike in Yemen. (Reuters)
Updated 17 February 2018
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Drone strike kills 2 Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

ADEN: A US drone strike in central Yemen killed two suspected Al-Qaeda members on a motorbike including a local commander, a security official said Saturday.
The unmanned aircraft struck the motorcycle carrying the men in Bayda province at around midnight Friday, the official told AFP.
"The strike targeted two Al-Qaeda militants, local commander Abu Hussein Al-Theriya and another, Dawoud Al-Sanaani, as they rode through the province," he said.
Although the US only sporadically reports on its long-running bombing campaign against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), it is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.
The drone war has intensified since President Donald Trump took office.
Washington also backs ally Saudi Arabia in its military intervention in Yemen, launched in 2015 with the aim of forcing Iran-backed rebels from the capital and restoring the government to power.
AQAP and Daesh have flourished in the chaos of the conflict.


Trump spoke with Abu Dhabi crown prince on Thursday: White House

Updated 19 April 2019
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Trump spoke with Abu Dhabi crown prince on Thursday: White House

  • The two leaders discussed Washington’s continued support for the UAE

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, the White House said in a statement.
The two leaders discussed Washington’s “continued support for the United Arab Emirates’ national defense, strengthening alliances in the region, and the impact of the Administration’s crippling sanctions on Iran,” the statement said.
“They also spoke about UAE’s contributions to the global energy markets as a reliable supplier of oil,” it said.