Four Al-Qaeda soldiers were wounded by a drone in Yemen's central Marib province on Sunday. The attack took place soon after the return of exiled Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi flew in to meet Arab military leaders.

n a six-hour visit, the exiled President met commanders of a Saudi-led coalition backing him.

"Four Al Qaeda members were wounded when a US drone targeted a car they were traveling in Jabul, east of Marib city," said a tribesman who requested not to be named.

The coalition was formed early last year to fight the Iran-allied Houthis after they took over Sanaa, made gains in other provinces and forced Hadi's government to flee into exile.

Its mostly Gulf Arab members are now participating in Yemen's battle against Islamist militants, which include groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Government and Emirati forces have been mounting a ground push in southern Yemen against towns held by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group behind several foiled bombing attempts on Western-bound airliners and which claimed responsibility for the 2015 attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine's offices in Paris.

During his visit to Marib, Hadi, 70, said his government would boycott peace talks in Kuwait if the United Nations, who are leading the negotiations, pushed for the Houthi group and loyalists of Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to be involved in a transitional government.

Source: Nam News Network

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