The US killed three suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in an airstrike in a province in eastern Yemen where the terror group has been battling the government for control. The strike is the second by the US in Yemen in the past week.

“The three armed men were traveling in a vehicle along a desert stretch between Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s border [in Hadramout province] when the drone shot two rockets at them. All three are dead,” a local Yemeni official told Reuters.

No senior AQAP leaders or operatives are reported to have been killed in the drone strike. AQAP has not released a statement concerning the strike.

Yemeni officials, including President Hadi, have said in the past that only the US possessed the ability to strike at a moving vehicle inside Yemen. […]