Oct. 14, 2013
The Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda said on Monday its attack on a
Yemeni army base last month targeted an operations room used by the
United States to direct drone strikes against militants, and it
threatened more such assaults.
Dozens of militants stormed and captured the headquarters of the
Yemeni army’s Second Division in the eastern coastal city of al-Mukalla
on September 30 and took some military personnel hostage. Military
officials said four Yemeni soldiers were killed and nine wounded in a
counter-strike to retake the base.
A Yemeni official denied that the army base contained a joint
U.S.-Yemeni operations room, saying its task was to prevent piracy in
nearby Arabian Sea lanes.