Yemen authorities say a U.S. drone killed several civilians en route to a wedding after intelligence erroneously identified the convoy as a group of al Qaeda terrorists.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, whose threats have prompted the closure of Western embassies throughout the Arab world this week, is enjoying a resurgence in Yemen despite U.S. training of Yemeni troops and American airstrikes against the terrorist network.
Yemen on Tuesday slammed the decision by the U.S. and its allies to close their embassies and withdraw diplomatic staff, saying such action plays into the hands of extremists.
Even as the White House insisted that the U.S. has made great strides in the war against terrorism under President Obama, the president's spokesman acknowledged Monday that officials cannot rule out the possibility that the latest terrorist plot apparently discussed between top al Qaeda operatives could jeopardize the U.S. homeland.
President Obama’s pledge to scale back lethal drone strikes against suspected terrorists and to be more transparent about them may not have pleased Republicans, but it did draw praise in Pakistan and Yemen, where almost all of the strikes take place, and from the U.N. official investigating U.S. targeted killing.
A man claiming to be al Qaeda's No. 2 in Yemen released an audio denying reports that he had died in a U.S. drone attack, as Yemeni officials said Monday that another top member of the terror network was killed in a drone strike earlier this month.
An airstrike Wednesday killed 15 al Qaeda-linked militants in their training camp in the country's south, Yemeni military officials said. The airstrike resembled earlier U.S. drone attacks, but the U.S. did not comment.
Yemeni government troops fought their way into the center of an al-Qaeda-held city in the lawless south after a fierce, six-hour battle that ended early Tuesday, military officials said.
Yemeni government forces regained control of a strategic gateway in the south on Tuesday after an intense, three-day shelling of al Qaeda hideouts in the area that left 43 militants dead, military and medical officials said.
The Obama administration is considering whether to allow Yemen's outgoing president into the U.S. for medical treatment, as fresh violence and political tensions flare in the strategically important Middle Eastern nation.
Taking Anwar al-Awlaki alive would have presented a difficult challenge for U.S. government prosecutors seeking a terrorism conviction, legal experts say.
Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure in al Qaeda's most active branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks in the United States, was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said.
At the swearing-in of a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama said the death Friday of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen shows the terror network "will find no safe haven anywhere in the world."