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ADEN, Yemen- Four members of the the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch were killed, by a U.S. drone strike, in the province of Hadramout, on Tuesday, a local security official, said.

"A pilot-less plane of the U.S. Air Force, conducted a strike on a moving vehicle in Albar of Hadramout province, killing four members of the al-Qaeda network and destroying their vehicle," the source said.

The initial information confirmed that four wanted terrorists died, but their identities were not available.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda network, mostly operating in the eastern and southern provinces, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in the country.

The U.S. military has carried out several air strikes against the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters, in different provinces of the war-torn Arab country, since U.S President, Donald Trump, approved expanded military operations against the group.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict, between Yemen's government and Houthi rebels, to expand its presence, especially in the south-eastern provinces.

Yemen's government, allied with a Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has for years been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, for control of the impoverished country.


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