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The US launched two drone strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen today, killing a senior bombmaker and nine other fighters. The US has now conducted three strikes in Yemen in the past four days. Meanwhile, jihadists named one of the AQAP fighters killed in Saturday’s drone strike.
In the first strike, the unmanned Predators or Reapers fired several missiles at two vehicles traveling in the town of Rawdah in Baydah province, The Associated Press reported. Yemeni officials said that Abdullah Awad al Masri, a wanted bombmaker who is also known as Abou Osama al Maribi, was killed in the strike. It is unclear if he is a Yemeni, however, as his surname, al Masri, indicates he is an Egyptian.
Two Egyptians, a Tunisian, a Saudi, and a Bahraini were among the seven AQAP fighters killed in the strike. Their identities have not been disclosed.
In the second strike, a drone killed three AQAP fighters as they were traveling in a vehicle in the Zoukaika region of Hadramout province. The identities of those killed have not been disclosed.
Today’s strikes follow another on Aug. 4, which also took place in Hadramout. Five AQAP fighters were killed in the strike. Jihadists said that Abu al Bara’a al Saya’ari was one of those killed, according to a statement that was released on Internet forums and was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Al Saya’ari’s role in AQAP was not disclosed; the jihadists said he was the driver of the car.