An MQ-9 Reaper armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles flies over Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt, US Air Force)
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Yemen's al-Qaida branch announced on Tuesday that its top cleric, a Saudi-national who has had a $5 million bounty on his head, has been killed, allegedly in a drone attack.U.S. officials have said the collapse of Hadi's government could undermine Washington's counterterrorism strategy against al-Qaida's branch in Yemen, known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.In late March, about 100 U.S. military advisers withdrew from the al-Annad air base where they had been leading the U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Yemen. Washington rarely comments on drone attacks. U.S. officials also said that CIA drone strikes would continue but that there will be fewer of them.
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