April 24th, 2012
09:15 AM ET

Top Yemeni militant killed in strike

By CNN Wire Staff

A top commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed last weekend in Yemen, the Yemeni Embassy in Washington announced Tuesday.

Mohammed Saeed Al-Umda, alias Ghareeb Al-Taizi, was killed when an airstrike targeted a militant convoy Sunday in the remote desert region of Al-Samdah, in the Marib's Al-Wadi district, the embassy said. Al-Umda was ranked 4th on Yemen's most-wanted list.

U.S. drone activity has increased in Yemen, though the embassy did not specify whether it was a drone strike or which country carried out the airstrike.

Al-Umda provided logistical and financial support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and commanded several military operations in Yemen, the embassy said in a statement. He trained in Afghanistan under the supervision of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the embassy said.

Al-Umda escaped from prison in 2006, where he was serving a sentence for supporting an attack on a French oil tanker. In 2008 he was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison for targeting Yemen's energy infrastructure, the embassy said.

Filed under: AQAP • Yemen
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Hahahahahaha

    A towel head bites the dust! Hahahahahahaha

    April 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  2. transorbital

    Well *that* story brought out all the trolls from under the bridge.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  3. Aidah

    Assassin! Obama is a terrorist! Who declared war on Yemen, Obama the supposed constitutional law professor. The reason there are terrorists is because America keeps bombing innocent people. Was there a trial? A declared war?


    April 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  4. Rabbi

    What stupid Americans seem not to understand, is that Jews are chosen people.

    We will reap the rewards of our faithful service to Yahweh.

    The goyim of this world should be happy to fight over the scraps that we Jews throw from table.

    Israel will reign supreme over earth, and anybody challenging that assertion will be conquered, with the help of US military.

    You people may not like us Jews, but you WILL learn to fear us.

    If a few of you must die to save a few of us....that's a bargain we can live with. Your own nations agree with me on this.

    Your sacrafices are necessary to ensure the survival of the only democracy in the middle east.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Thor

      I wouldn't sacrafice a fukkking tart for your country after reading that.

      See if your god will protect you from America, when we all wake up from your enthrallment....

      April 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Peace Keeper

      Shut up fat boy

      April 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • se7engencelica

      Wow, tough words coming from a people slaughtered, raped, and lowered to standards worst than a German sheperd. With that kind of mentality, I wouldn't be surprised if the world let you people experience another one of those harsh reality checks.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
      • Gideon

        My people will bleed you in the third temple for your foolish words...

        Jews are better than you. Read the bible.

        Jesus....a Jew thank you..

        April 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • Peace Keeper

        Your people are traped in a box of arrogance. You can be hurt or be killed just as easy as anyone else jackass. The bible does not give jews the right to threaten anyone. You are going to hell, its inevitable.

        April 25, 2012 at 7:49 am |

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