Suspected US drone strike kills 6 Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen

Al-Qaeda and a Daesh affiliate have exploited the ongoing conflict to expand their presence in Yemen. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 November 2018
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Suspected US drone strike kills 6 Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen

  • The tribal leaders say an unmanned aircraft targeted an Al-Qaeda hideout in Al-Qrishia district in Bayda province on Sunday
  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni group is known, has long been considered the network’s most dangerous branch

SANAA, Yemen: Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected US drone strike killed six alleged Al-Qaeda militants in the country’s southwest.
The tribal leaders say an unmanned aircraft targeted an Al-Qaeda hideout in Al-Qrishia district in Bayda province on Sunday, killing two commanders and four other militants.
The tribal leaders spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni group is known, has long been considered the network’s most dangerous branch and has attempted to carry out attacks on the US mainland.
Yemen was plunged into civil war more than three years ago.
Al-Qaeda and a Daesh affiliate have exploited the chaos to expand their presence in Yemen.


Iran executes nurse convicted of murdering boy

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Iran executes nurse convicted of murdering boy

TEHRAN: Iran has executed a nurse convicted of murdering a six-year-old boy, the judiciary’s official news agency reported on Sunday.
The woman was found guilty of carrying out the murder in June 2016 while working for the boy’s grandmother at her home in Kelardasht city, in the northern province of Mazandaran.
The nurse was sentenced to death a year later.
She confessed to the premeditated murder and said she did it out of “anger,” the prosecutor said, quoted on Sunday by the Mizan Online news agency.
“The verdict was finalized as it was not appealed,” the prosecutor added.
The executed woman was not identified in the report. She was in her early 40s.
Iran does not publish official statistics on the number of people it executes.
But according to Amnesty International, while secretive China is the world’s “leading executioner,” Iran had the highest known figure in 2018 with at least 253 people put to death, down from 507 in 2017.