U.S. drone strikes killed at least 12 Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemeni in one of the most successful attacks in the war on terror.
Four pilotless airplanes carried out the counterterrorist operation, which unlike previous aerial bombings on Al Qaeda in Yemen apparently did not kill any civilians.
Intelligence reports paid off for the United States, whose drones struck Al Qaeda leaders at a school where they were meeting. Another drone bombed an Al Qaeda outpost. Unconfirmed reports said that another 12 people, presumably terrorists, were wounded.
Al Qaeda has taken over most of southern Yemen since the Arab Spring uprising forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down from office. He currently is in the United States for medical treatment for injuries suffered in an attack on his compound last year.
Moustafa Noman, Yemen's ambassador to Spain told Gulf News the "vague" situation in southern Yemen “is a breeding ground for hardliners" like Al Qaeda, which along with the rebel Shi’ite Muslim Al Houthi group, could become political parties.
Al Qaeda has overcome government attempts to re-take control of the region. The drone attack may have severely crippled the terrorist organization, whose Arabian Peninsula leader, Talhah al Yemeni, reportedly was killed.