The US killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in the first recorded drone strike in Yemen since the end of August. The strike took place in an eastern province of Yemen where AQAP has been regrouping over the past year.

The remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers killed the three AQAP fighters in a strike on a vehicle as it traveled in the Ghayl Bawazir area near Mukallah, the provincial capital of the eastern province of Hadramout, according to Reuters. Yemeni officials denied that its military carried out an airstrike in the area, The Associated Press reported. Yemeni officials, including President Hadi, have stated in the past that the Yemeni air force does not possess the ability to strike moving vehicles. […]