Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 5 al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen

Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five alleged al-Qaeda fighters in the country’s central Marib province.

They say the men were traveling on Sunday in the Saud area of Rawan district when a missile hit their car, engulfing it in flames. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Yemen fell into chaos following its 2011 Arab Spring uprising that removed longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh, now allied with Shia rebels from the north who occupy much of the country and are fighting his successor. A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the rebels and Saleh’s forces since March 2015.

Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the security breakdown to seize territory and expand operations in impoverished Yemen, which sits along strategic oil shipping routes.

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