US drone strike, clashes kill 10 Qaeda fighters in Yemen


A US drone strike and clashes between Yemeni troops and fighters of Al-Qaeda killed at least 10 members of the militant group and a civilian in Yemen, officials and tribesmen said on Monday. Five militants of Al-Qaeda were killed when they were hit by a US drone on Monday, a tribal source told AFP. “A US drone struck a convoy carrying Al-Qaeda’s leader in Bayda province, Qaed al-Dahab,” the tribal source said on condition of anonymity, adding that “Dahab survived but five of his guards were killed.” The strike hit the militants as they were travelling in the area of Manaseh, east of the city of Radaa in central Yemen, he said. Western diplomats say that US experts are assisting the Yemeni army in their battle to destroy Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington to be the network’s deadliest and most active branch.