The US killed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander and four fighters in the second recorded drone strike in southern Yemen this month.

Earlier today, the remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired several missiles at a vehicle “in a mountainous area” in al Saeed in Shabwa province,¬†according to¬†The Associated Press. US drone strikes in Yemen routinely target AQAP leaders and fighters as they travel in vehicles.

Yemeni officials told the news agency that an AQAP commander known as Musaad al Habashi was among five AQAP members riding in the vehicle when it was struck by missiles. AQAP has not released an official statement on the strike or a martyrdom statement for al Habashi, whose role in AQAP is unclear. […]