Feel good story of the day.
US drones killed an al Qaeda commander involved in the attack on the US Embassy in Sana’a in 2008 and two fighters in a strike near the Yemeni capital yesterday. The strike near Sana’a and the previous one in Saada in northern Yemen indicate that the US is expanding drone operations from the traditional hunting grounds in the south.
The unmanned Predators or Reapers fired missiles at a vehicle traveling near the capital of Sana’a late last night. The exact location of the strike is in dispute; Xinhua reported that the airstrike took place near the village of Sayyan, about 25 miles outside of Sana’a, while AFP claimed the attack occurred near the village of Beit al Ahmar, about nine miles from the capital.
… Adnan al Qadhi, an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander who operates in Sana’a, and two of his bodyguards, Rabiee Lahib and Radwan al Hashidi, were confirmed to have been killed in the strike, Yemeni officials said. Al Qadhi’s family told Abdul Razzaq al Jamal, a Yemeni journalist who is closely linked to AQAP, that Qadhi and the two bodyguards were killed in the airstrike.