War on Terror

Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 in Yemen Killed

Yemeni Defense Ministry, EPA / Landov

Image #: 19329381 epa03392589 An undated handout photograph released by Yemeni Defense Ministry, shows deputy leader of Yemen branch of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Saeed al-Shihri. According to media reports on 10 September 2012, six other militants were killed alongside al-Shihri, al-Qaeda's second in command in the Arabian Peninsula. EPA/YEMENI DEFENSE MINISTRY/ HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES /LANDOV

Al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an airstrike Monday, along with five others who were riding with him in a car. Yemeni Defense Ministry officials say that Saeed al-Shihri was killed after leaving a house in the Hadramawt province. The officials believe that a U.S.-operated drone fired the missile, but U.S. officials do not usually comment on drone attacks. The United States has used drones to kill al Qaeda members in Yemen before.