Yemeni officials said that an American drone crashed last week in a deserted area in eastern Yemen.

Three military officers, attached to a military brigade in al-Mahrah province, said that one of their brigade teams was tasked early Thursday, Jan. 16*, to fetch the drone wreck that is now with the brigade near the crash scene.

The United States has used drones to attack suspected militants of the local branch al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered the most dangerous affiliate of the global al Qaeda network.