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US drones kill top commander of Al-Qaeda Abu Khattab Al-Awlaki

Al-Sabah al-Yemeni

One of Al-Qaeda’s top commanders in Yemen has been killed in an airstrike, the US military announced yesterday.

Abu Khattab Al-Awlaki, an emir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with two members of the militant organisation in an airstrike in the Shabwa province.

According to a statement released by the US Central Command, “Awlaki was a senior leader responsible for the planning and carrying out of terrorist attacks against civilians.”

The statement continued:  “He had considerable influence in Al-Qaeda’s terrorist stronghold in the Arabian Peninsula and had links with other senior leaders of the organization and was involved in planning and leading efforts to exacerbate the unrest in Southern Yemen.”

Middle East Monitor

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