Yemen, US mount ‘unprecedented’ air attacks on Qaeda

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ADEN, April 21, 2014 (AFP) – An “unprecedented” US and Yemeni aerial campaign has killed more than 40 Al-Qaeda militants in recent days in a bid thwart  attacks by the network’s local affiliate, officials said.

A top Yemeni official told AFP the “unprecedented operation” in recent days came after “information that Al-Qaeda was plotting attacks on vital installations, military and security, as well as foreign interests in Yemen.”

 

The United States has defended the use of drones against Al-Qaeda, saying they allow it to target the global terror network without sending soldiers into lawless areas where local authorities have little or no control.

Rights groups have criticised the drone programme in Yemen and other countries, and repeatedly urged the US administration to investigate strikes in which civilians have been killed.

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