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U.S. drone strikes in Yemen kill 9 suspected al-Qaida members

As part of a U.S.-Yemen joint operation targeting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the United States launched three airstrikes Tuesday that killed at least nine.

By JC Finley
U.S. drone strikes in Yemen kill 9 suspected al-Qaida members
A RQ-1 Predator drone. UPI/Suzanne M. Jenkins/AFIE | License Photo

SANAA, Yemen, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. drone strikes in Yemen on Tuesday killed at least nine people believed to be al-Qaida members.

The three airstrikes targeted an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula convoy traveling in Al Baitha province, security officials told CNN. The convoy was en route to fight Shia Houthi rebels, a militant group that recently pushed AQAP back from its stronghold in Al Baitha.

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A U.S.-Yemen joint operation has attempted to defeat AQAP, an objective aided by the Houthis' recent battlefield successes.

Houthis rose to power in Yemen in September through a U.N.-brokered cease-fire agreement. Although previously opposed to U.S. drone strikes, the Houthis appear to have since dropped those objections.

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