Drone takes out top Yemeni militant

Yemeni officials say a US air strike has killed a top al-Qaida leader on the FBI’s most-wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole.

Fahd al-Quso was hit by a missile on Sunday as he stepped out of his vehicle, along with another al-Qaida operative, in the southern Shabwa province, Yemeni military officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with military regulations.

The drone strike that killed Quso was carried out by the CIA after an extended joint surveillance operation with the US military, two American officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

The strike was authorised by the Yemeni government, which made the announcement after the operation was complete, the officials said, as part of the US strategy to give the host government more public ownership of the operation carried out on Yemeni soil.


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