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. World Police

    Kill them suspects boys!

    May 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jus Dis

    Who needs a criminal justice system or a world court for war criminals? It's perfectly legal to murder, i.e. 'take human life with malice aforethought'] suspected criminals now. Perhaps we should start laying-off some judges.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    If that was the order, all 3 vehicles would have been hit, and 2 vehicles would NOT have escaped.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy ©

    La di da de di
    La di dade da,
    And the beat goes on...

    May 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. World Traveller

    I hope they never suspect me or my family of anything while travelling abroad. Getting killed for being a suspect just doesn't sound American to me. Central American maybe, but surely not N. American.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And i suppose you think it wouldve been better had this country NOT acted, and LET the terrorists bring down the US bound jetliner?

    May 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. World Traveller

    @6:04 post. You are off topic and tring to start something again with your typical snarky remarks. Grow up and post an original on-topic thought, if any.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Omg philip, youre off topic more than 20 posters you hater!

    May 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Bravissimo Obama!
    Wars are fought differently now.
    We have a very real Commander in Chief in the White House in 2012.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And I thought to myself----what a beautiful world.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      It is a wonderful world...for the most part...
      I am glad a mature poster got the gist of what I said.

      May 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ banasy ©
      Why are these people so touchy today ? Is it because tomorrow is Mothers Day and their mamas don't love them ?

      May 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      I don't know, dear man, but they are certainly quarrelsome today...we are getting flack from all sides.
      Quoting another song, maybe they're "something mommy wouldn't wear..."

      May 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    lol bobcat, would you like a fan for those flames?

    May 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ chrissy
      I thought about it, and I said that wrong. It should be,
      "And I think to myself---what a wonderful world.
      And yeah, flap that fan. It will either cool me down or fire me up some more.

      May 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy ©

    World Traveller:
    My post is most certainly NOT off topic; it is an alliteration to a song that some things do not change.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      And as you posted after me, I do not see why you are taking umbrage with anything I say, anyway.
      I was refering to things not changing in the ME, and I have posted this sentiment before the same way.

      May 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hamsta

    Note the word suspected. at least bush would have taken them prisoner and put them in GITMO where they can await TRIAL. who declare them GUILTY with no TRIAL whatsoever?

    May 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lmao good one! Guess that beat does go on!

    May 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    So hamsta, is THAT your recommendation? That we feed and house terrorists? When many Americans dont have the luxury of a home even? That is IF you are really hamsta?

    May 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
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