Suspected US drones launch attacks in Yemen: Reports

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AL-Thawra Net

Residents said suspected US drones fired missiles at the house of a purported al-Qaeda suspect in the village of Noufan in central al-Bayda Province on Monday.

They added that a mountainous area believed to house a training camp in al-Saeed in Shabwa Province in southern Yemen was also targeted in what were likely US drone strikes.

Meanwhile, a Yemeni source was quoted by AFP on Monday as saying that a suspected US airstrike had hit the town of al-Nasl in the southern province of Abyan at dawn.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from any of the attacks.

The US has intensified its military engagement in Yemen.

On March 2, Washington launched a series of strikes against alleged al-Qaeda targets in Yemen. The military attacks focused on the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwah as well as Bayda, farther to the north. The military operations were the first since a botched raid in January that killed women and children as well as an American commando.

Reports also said the Pentagon has quietly ordered fresh deployments of Special Operations troops to the Middle East and North Africa, which signals that the US military appears to be launching a more aggressive campaign against what it calls terrorist positions in Syria and some regions of North Africa.