- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

SANAA, YemenYemen’s al-Qaida branch says one of its local commanders has died from wounds he suffered during an attack by the Yemeni army and U.S. drones.

A Twitter account associated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula issued a message saying Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy died Saturday after a military attack on one of its camps in the town of Mahfad last week.

Mahfad, where al-Kazimy was the leader, is located in a mountainous region in the country’s south.

Government officials confirmed al-Kazimy’s death.

The Yemeni army, backed by U.S. drone strikes and supported by local tribes, recently launched a campaign to drive al Qaeda out of the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa.

In this Friday, May 1, 2014, photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, army officers and soldiers patrol a road during fighting with al-Qaida militants in Majala of the southern province of Abyan, Yemen. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry)
In this Friday, May 1, 2014, photo provided by Yemen’s Defense Ministry, ... more >

The U.S. considers Yemen’s al-Qaida branch as the world’s most dangerous.