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Airstrikes kill 17 Al Qaeda militants in Yemen , officials say

Two airstrikes Thursday in south Yemen killed seven Al Qaeda militants, including two top operatives, officials said. Yemeni soldiers, meanwhile, shelled a gathering of Al Qaeda fighters elsewhere in the south, killing 10 militants.The attacks could be another setback for Al Qaeda, coming just days after details emerged about a Saudi mole within the network who reportedly provided information allowing the CIA to target a key leader of Yemen's terror branch.Thursday's airstrikes hit in the town of Jaar and northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, Yemeni security officials said.The United States has usually used drones to strike Al Qaeda in Yemen. Yemeni officials said one of the raids was carried out by a drone but provided no details on the other.There was no immediate word from Washington on whether it was behind the airstrikes. The two areas hit are part of large swaths of territory in the south that have been held by Al Qaeda for a year.The U.S. and Yemen have resumed...

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