U.S. drone kills 3 in first strike since Yemen leader resigned

January 26, 2015 2:59 PM

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The first U.S. drone strike in Yemen since the start of the year killed three suspected al-Qaeda fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep targeting the global terror network's most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite rebel power grab.

Tribal and security officials in the central province of Marib said a missile hit a vehicle carrying three people near the border with neighboring Shabwa province, an al-Qaeda stronghold. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

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