- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni tribal and security officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a car in Yemen’s Shabwa province, killing four suspected al-Qaida operatives.

A similar strike targeted the group last Monday, signaling Washington’s determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a power grab by Shiite rebels.

The officials did not give the nationalities of the men killed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information otherwise.

The latest crisis in Yemen has plunged the impoverished country deeper into turmoil and pushed it closer to fracturing along sectarian and tribal lines.

The violence and power vacuum has also raised concerns about Washington’s ability to continue targeting al-Qaida’s Yemeni branch, which it sees as the network’s most dangerous franchise.

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