May 12th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

Drone strike kills suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen

A U.S. drone strike killed seven suspected al Qaeda militants Saturday in the Mareb province of Yemen, part of a continuing air campaign against the terror organization, security officials said.

The drone struck one of three vehicles carrying the suspected militants in the district of Huraib, the officials said. The other two vehicles fled the area unharmed and continued toward the southern Abyan province.

A heavy government presence was at the scene immediately after the attack and residents said thick smoke and flames could be seen from miles away.

Among the dead were three al Qaeda leaders, according to the officials, who called the attack a blow to the al Qaeda network in the country.

The strike occurred nearly a week after a senior operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed by a CIA drone strike and less than three weeks after a Yemeni-linked terror plot to bring down a U.S.-bound jetliner was foiled.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle ©

    Hello lady, I sure hope this is you I'm talking to. Remember what we talked about the other night ?

    May 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    @ dazzle chrissy and bobcat let the trolls have fun im going to bed.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Goodnite hamsta.

      May 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    P.S. It has to do with a trip I'm planning.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scoobie doo

    Wow, i thought cartoon world was bad but the people in here are pretty freaky! Wish them drones woulda took all them fools! How did 2 vehicles manage to get away? No GPS on them drones? Must be from china.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    @bobcat (in a hat) tell me about this trip you are planning. Even though I am certain this is a troll.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ dazzle ©

      Well, it has to do with a tent city that I don't want to visit. Can you fill in the rest so I'll know it's you and not some troll ?

      May 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    Any lurker or troll can check this through the archives. Especially since the real @bobcat (in a hat) and I seem to have the same troll.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well, I am obviously communicating with a troll, since I can't get a straight answer. If this were truly dazzle, the tent city clue would have been all she needed.

    Good Nite All

    May 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mitch

    bobcat (in a hat) wants to hook up at the tent city in Arizona and get his poop chute drilled because he like the feeling of a big black schlong in his butt. (so does banasy)

    May 13, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. curious jew

    With the US so active and participating in Yemeni affairs, also pro-Israeli, are Jews in Yemen allowed to have job assignments higher than janitor or garbage collector yet? Are Jews even allowed to leave yemen yet? When a Jewish woman is rap ed, is it even reported?
    You Americans seem to be more interested in bad Yemeni terrorists than you are good Yemeni Jews. Your ignorance of the situation in Yemen is proof of what I say.
    Your president only claims to be interested in the welfare of Jews to get your vote. You only make this claim because your Christian leader insists that Israel is God's chosen nation, and you believe him.
    Monkey see-monkey do without researching anything.

    May 13, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scoobie doo

    hey CNN hit team, hows that workin out for ya? lol

    May 13, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. HIDE BEHIND

    For years the Brits/US/EURO oil and financial concerns supported a corrupt and brutal minority group that ran country and to call all the opposition groups AL Q's is pure propaganda.
    Every time a reform movement began the US was there ready to sell arms and in return received a refitting port for its naval needs.
    Today the oil is about gone but the needs of an oil terminal from beyond Yeman is needed.
    That such a port will completely destroy the fisheriees is of no voncrrn to US and foreign energy concerns
    That fish is the 2nd largest source of protein, is of no concern ad foreign firms will supply, and UN slong with NGO charity groups will end up distributing it
    Oh well; some collateral damage is expected as we spread democracy.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER

    Good! Too bad we didn't kill everybody else over there accept for the sweet honeys that look like Cleopatra. HOTCHA!

    May 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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