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US steps up drone strikes in Yemen as al-Qaida attack fears mount in capital

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Adam Baron
London Guardian
August 10, 2013

The US has stepped up the intensity of its drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida targets in Yemen, carrying out eight strikes in two weeks in response to fears of a terror attack in the capital, Sana’a.

Yemeni officials said at least seven Saudi Arabian militants were among those killed in the three strikes on Thursday, as the country was celebrating Eid at the end of Ramadan.

Since July 27, drone attacks have killed 34 suspected militants, according to an Associated Press tally. Washington has closed several diplomatic posts in the Middle East and Africa in response to intercepted information, and the US and Britain also evacuated diplomatic staff from Sana’a.

The first on the latest wave of drone strikes occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Wadi Abeeda area of the central province of Marib. Six people, who locals said were al-Qaida militants, were killed.

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