Conflict & Justice

30 al-Qaeda suspects die in US airstrikes


Yemeni soldiers sit at the back of a military vehicle as they guard the area where anti-government protesters demonstrate against the regime during the first Friday prayer of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa on August 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)



 “Yemeni military and medical officials say 30 al-Qaida suspects have been killed in U.S. airstrikes and clashes with Yemeni soldiers in al-Qaida-held cities in the south," writes Associated Press.

"A military official said that the United States bombed al-Qaida positions Wednesday and Thursday, which militants had seized taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. Yemen has seen mass protests against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The airstrikes freed a Yemeni military unit besieged in southeast Abyan for several weeks by al-Qaida militants.

A medical official says four Yemeni military officers were also killed in the clashes Wednesday and Thursday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.”