Drone Strikes Kill Al-Qaeda Chief In Yemen, US Officials Confirm
Jalal al-Seydi, the “emir” or “leader” of Al-Qaeda in the town of Loder, was killed in an airstrike, according to a security official. Al-Seydi was in a vehicle that was hit at Sawmaa in Al-Bayda Province. Seydi’s chief and guard were also reported to have been killed in the strike.
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It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the strike was carried out by a US drone. However, the chances are likely that the US is responsible because it’s currently the only country operating drones over Yemen. US forces reportedly only disclose information on the long-running bombing campaign against al-Qaeda in Yemen sporadically.
US authorities claim that Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based sect, the one that resides in the Arabian Peninsula and was commanded by Seydi, is the most dangerous of all Al-Qaeda groups in Yemen. US officials claim that the group rose to power after a conflict between the government and Shiite Huthi rebels that were looking to expand their presence in Yemen left a “power vacuum” to be filled.