January 31st, 2012
02:20 AM ET

9 killed in suspected drone strike in Yemen

A suspected drone strike hit militant targets in southern Yemen on Monday night, killing at least nine people with suspected links to al Qaeda, security officials said.

The missiles struck Abyan province near areas that have been taken over by Ansaar al-Sharia, a militant group with links to al Qaeda, three security officials officials said.

The militant group took over large parts of Abyan province in May after government forces evacuated a number of security posts and military bases. The group announced Abyan as an Islamic emirate and is calling for the implementation of Sharia law.

Hundreds of troops and militant fighters have been killed in the government's efforts to clear the province from the hands of the militants, according to Yemen's defense ministry.

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  1. Clydster


    January 31, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Let Syria fight its own internal war.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    Stay out of Syria completely.
    Do NOT send any of our troops there.
    Do NOT let any more of our military die.

    January 31, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |