Two suspected Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike: residents

ADEN, Yemen Wed Jan 8, 2014 8:28am EST

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ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday, residents and local officials said.

They said the aircraft fired at least one missile on a car in the al-Qatan region, completely destroying the vehicle and killing two people.

The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the militant network, posing a serious threat to Western interest.

Yemen is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones, although it does not comment on the practice.

The Yemeni army, with U.S. backing, drove al Qaeda militants and their allies from some of their southern strongholds in 2012. But the jihadists have since regrouped and mounted attacks on government officials and installations.

(Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Alison Williams)

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MikeBarnett wrote:
We use a $30 million sniper rifle to fire a $300,000 bullet. We blow up US computers, cell phones, and digital cameras. We burn billions of US gallons of gasoline, diesel fuel, and aviation fuel because everything must be transported to some location close to the Middle East. We waste billions of US man hours in unproductive work because we need people to find the target’s future location, analyze data, operate equipment in the US and in space, and maintain the equipment in the US and in the Middle East. What we achieve has little value because “we fight an enemy who has the goals and resources of a nation state, has no fixed address to attack, recruits from a 1.5 billion person pool, and fights for a cause in which death while killing enemies earns paradise.” At this rate, we may need to spend $450 trillion for the bullets and $45 quadrillion for the sniper rifles. The US will go bankrupt long before the war ends.

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