Yemen: Suspected US drone strikes kill 7 militants

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SANAA, Yemen — Suspected U.S. drone strikes killed at least seven al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen today, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said.

The officials say at least three strikes targeted a gathering of militants at a farm outside the town of Jaar, a one-time al-Qaida stronghold.

The strikes come one day after Yemen’s Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed’s visited Jaar and vowed to hunt down al-Qaida militants in their hideouts.

A U.S.-backed Yemeni military offensive in June pushed out al-Qaida from many southern areas the militants seized during last year’s uprising. Washington considers the terror network’s Yemen branch, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, to be its most dangerous offshoot.

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