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Al Qaeda`s Yemen branch confirms commander`s death

Last Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 16:43

Sanaa: Yemen`s al Qaeda branch has confirmed that a US strike killed one of its leaders at the end of last month.

It said in a statement posted yesterday on a militant website that Qaid al-Dahab was killed by a "perfidious American air raid" in the el-Manaseh region of Bayda province, along with one other person.

Yemeni officials reported his death last month, saying the strike was likely by a US drone. They said two were killed with al-Dahab.
Al-Dahab was believed to be al-Qaida`s leader in the southern province of Bayda, one of its former strongholds. The statement praised him for having waged "jihad" for years, saying he had lost a hand in a previous battle.

The United States conducts regular drone strikes in Yemen but rarely confirms individual attacks.


First Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 16:43

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