June 13th, 2012
05:52 AM ET

Officials: U.S. drone strikes kill suspected militants in Yemen

By Hakim Almasmari

U.S. drone strikes targeted al Qaeda hideouts in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing at least nine suspected militants, three senior security officials said.

No senior al Qaeda leaders died in the attack in the Shabwa province town of Azzan, the officials said. The strikes' targets included a home suspected of harboring militants, the officials said.

The defense ministry said 30 people died in Azzan airstrikes, but did not clarify whether all the fatalities were caused by the drone strikes or Yemeni forces, who are also conducting airstrikes in the area.

Militants headed to Azzan after they lost control of Abyan province Tuesday, sending the town's residents fleeing over fear of more strikes.

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  1. Joe L

    "With this obscene butchery...with those cursed drone strikes..." Are you nuts? One good look at Islam will give any sane person a complete education in obscene butchery! Drone strikes are a good way to kill obscene butchers, George Patton Mohamed.

    June 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      Still Joe L, you'll have to admit that those godless drones are a disgrace to this country along with the gutless wonders who operate them. This is a truly cowardly way to fight a war without any honor or decency. This is no more than legalized slaughter and needs to be stopped for the sake of humanity and national honor!

      June 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  2. Linus

    Oh Noes! Now we'll have to add Yemen to the list of Muslim countries that don't view President Obama favorably! Ha ha. Drone on President Obama, drone on.

    CNN should poll the number of Americans that view suicide bombings/bombers in these countries with disapproval instead of polling those countries of their views on President Obama's policy of taking out their terrorists.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  3. George Patton

    And people wonder why on earth we're the most hated country in the world. With this obscene butchery going on with those cursed drone strikes, it isn't very hard to figure out. Enough is enough!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • Me

      I'd much rather a drone get shot down then a helicopter full of American soldiers.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Chris

      As a former Marine that traveled the world before and during these conflicts I can say the world for the most part hated us even before a single drone strike was ever conducted so you better come up with another reason cause that one aint it.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Thank you George, you pretty well nailed it. Those drone strikes are a disgrace to this nation and are causing more and more resentment against us around the world. Anyone taking pride in them need to have their head examined and that's all there is to it!

      June 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Joe L

      "With this obscene butchery...with those cursed drone strikes..." Are you nuts? One good look at Islam will give any sane person a complete education in obscene butchery! Drone strikes are a good way to kill obscene butchers, George Patton Mohamed.

      June 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • Airman89

      Are you kidding me wow, how uneducated are you? No sir, that is not the reason we are thought badly of. It is because of idiots like you who babble on about something they no nothing about, acting like they have a freaking degree in it. How about you do some research before mouthing off like an idiot, thanks.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply

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