U.S. drone strike kills 5 al-Qaida suspects in Yemen's Marib

Source: Xinhua| 2018-03-23 15:21:18|Editor: pengying
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SANAA, March 23 (Xinhua) -- At least five al-Qaida suspects were killed in an overnight U.S. drone strike on a house in Yemen's central province of Marib, a provincial security official told Xinhua on Friday.

The U.S. strike hit the house in a farm in Wadi Abida valley, killing the five suspected militants, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Much of Marib territory is under control of the Yemeni internationally-recognized government backed by the Saudi-led coalition forces.

This is the latest in a series of U.S. drone strikes targeting al-Qaida suspects in Yemen since U.S. President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the group.

On Tuesday, a U.S. drone strike killed four members of the the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch in the southwestern province of Hadramout, according to local security officials.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida network, mostly operating in eastern and southern provinces, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in the country.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflicts between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels to expand its presence.