Elise Labott and Mohammed Tawfeeq
August 6, 2013
A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four al Qaeda militants
in Yemen as the United States maintained a heightened security alert in
the country and urged all Americans to leave immediately.
Security sources told CNN about the strikes but didn’t offer
additional details. A Yemeni official said four drone strikes have been
carried out in the past 10 days.
None of those killed on Tuesday were among the 25 names on the country’s most-wanted list, security officials said.
It is unclear whether the strikes were related to the added security
alert in the country after U.S. officials intercepted a message from al
Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to operatives in Yemen telling them to
“do something.” The message was sent to Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of
al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemeni affiliate.
U.S. intelligence believes al-Wuhayshi has recently been appointed the
overall terror organization’s No. 2 leader.
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