The US launched a pair of drone strikes against al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula today in a remote area in central Yemen, according to
reports. The strikes are the first recorded in the country since the
end of January.
The remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers attacked two separate targets in the Oussab al Ali area, which was described by The Associated Press as a mountainous region "located in the middle of three provinces of central Damar, southern Ibb and eastern Hodeida."
The first strike killed four AQAP fighters as they were driving a vehicle in the area, Yemeni intelligence officials told AP.
The second strike killed Hamed Radman, who was described as an
"influential al Qaeda member" who "played a role in recruitment." A
Yemeni witness in the area said that US drones were deployed over the
village where Radman was killed for three days before striking.
SANAA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. drone strike
killed at least five al-Qaida militants in Yemen's central province of
Dhamar on Wednesday night, an interior ministry official told Xinhua.
"Five al-Qaida operatives, including its leader in Dhamar province
Hamid al-Radami, were confirmed killed by two missiles fired from the
unmanned warplane tonight," the official said on condition of anonymity.
"The targeted militants were all in a car driving in Madhlab area in
Wisab Alaly district near the house of al-Qaida's local leader
al-Radami," the official said, adding that "they were all under
surveillance since they left al-Radami's house few minutes before the
"It was a joint military operation between Yemeni, U.S. and Saudi intelligence services," he said.
Al-Radami, also known as Abu Osama, had set up several hidden
training camps for al-Qaida in Dhamar province, about 100 km south of
Yemen's capital Sanaa.
The strike came after a pause of more than two months by the U. S.
unmanned warplanes, which Yemeni security officials said take off from a
U.S. military base in southern Saudi Arabia.
Jos — Eight people have been confirmed dead in the last two days in separate attacks by gunmen in two villages of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. The killings is being liked to the killing of six cows and injuring of some others in the area last Sunday.
The gunmen reportedly struck at Dukum village on Monday killing six people while two others were killed around Tanjol village on Tuesday.
Media Officer of the Special Task Force (STF) in the state, Captain Salisu Mustapha confirmed the killings saying they are suspected to be reprisals arising from the killing of the cows.
He said four people have been arrested and were helping with investigations.
Meanwhile hostilities between some communities in Wase Local Government Area of the state has continued despite various peace initiatives by security agencies and the local government council.
Different communities continue to trade accusations of attacks from the other side. For example a group known as Ngwang Isihi Otarok in a statement n Wednesday alleged that Tsamiya village came under attack during which seven people were killed and houses razed.
The statement signed by its Secretary, Nanlir Napbut said the people stood up to the attackers and succeeded in repelling them after they had already done a lot of damage.
He said the situation was worsened by the arrival of military men who stormed the village after the attack opening fire indiscriminately leading to more deaths.
"These series of attacks on the Taroh Nation is nothing less than terrorism. We are calling on the international community to come to the aid of the Taroh man in Wase LGA", it said.
DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan following a statement vowed to take revenge on US troops in Afghanistan after guards at Guantanamo prison fired non-lethal rounds at inmates to quell unrest.
According to US military officials, guards at the US-run prison in Cuba fired the rounds last Saturday to halt unrest as they relocated inmates into individual cells.
The incident took place after the inmaates started resistance while they were being moved from communal housing to individual cells however the officials said that no detainees were seriously injured.
This comes as dozens of etainees are in the third month of a hunger strike at the prison.
Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah in his statement said, “The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate… vow to avenge these wronged prisoners by targeting the American invaders in Afghanistan with all might at their disposal, Allah willing.”
Mujahid further added, “such cowardly actions of America and take a firm stance against it based upon evident humane principles.”
He urged the rights activists and groups to condemn the attack.
According to reports several prisoners including former Taliban members captured during the US-led invasion in Afghanistan in 2001, are serving in the jail based in Cuba.
from KHAAMABy Mirwais Adeel - 18 Apr 2013, 11:31 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a
Taliban leader and one other insurgent during an operation in Panjwa'i
district, Kandahar province, April 17.
The leader is accused of directing and participating in attacks against
Afghan and coalition forces throughout Panjwa'i and Kandahar districts.
He is believed to facilitate weapons and military equipment for use in
insurgent operations, and has significant experience with the
construction and emplacement of improvised explosive devices.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout
Afghan and coalition security forces detained two insurgents during an
operation in search of a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in
Darah-ye Suf-e Pa'in district, Samangan province, April 16. The leader
is believed to direct the activities of insurgent fighters in the area,
and has personally planned high-profile attacks against Afghan and
coalition forces, in addition to attacks against civilians.
An Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents during an
operation in search of a Taliban leader in Waygal district, Nuristan
province, April 16. The leader is believed to be the top Taliban
official in Waygal district, responsible for leading attacks against
Afghan and coalition forces, conducting illegal checkpoints and
kidnapping Afghan officials.
Afghan Provincial Response Company Uruzgan, enabled by coalition forces,
killed two insurgents and seized a cache of IED-making materials during
an operation in search of a Taliban weapons facilitator in Shahid-e
Hasas district, Uruzgan province, April 16. The combined force destroyed
all discovered items on site.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces
discovered one weapons cache and found and safely cleared five
improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan
throughout the past 24 hours, April 17.
Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Dehyak district.