Lead­ing Al-Qaeda mil­i­tant Ja­mal Al-Badawi tar­geted in Ye­men air strike

He was con­victed of plot­ting, tak­ing part in sev­eral Al-Qaeda-re­lated bomb­ings in 2004

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A US de­fence of­fi­cial has told Amer­i­can me­dia that a “pre­ci­sion strike” had been car­ried out on last week against lead­ing Al-Qaeda mil­i­tant Ja­mal AlBadawi to the east of the Ye­meni cap­i­tal, Sanaa.

Badawi was killed in the strike, ac­cord­ing to US and Arab me­dia re­ports.

The mil­i­tant, said to be an Al-Qaeda com­man­der, was on the FBI’s most wanted list.

He was con­victed of plot­ting and tak­ing part in bomb­ings in Ye­men in 2004.

Ye­men’s AL-Qaeda branch (known as AQAP) is re­garded as one of the most ac­tive branches world­wide.The US stepped up its on­go­ing drone war against the group in re­cent years.

The con­flict in Ye­men has in­ten­si­fied since March 2015 when rebels ad­vanced on the city of Aden, which prompted Saudi Ara­bia and Sunni al­lies to con­duct airstrikes.

The state depart­ment also an­nounced penal­ties against Ibrahim Al-Banna, a se­nior mem­ber of al Qaeda’s Ye­men-based branch. Al-Banna hailed the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks as vir­tu­ous, and threat­ened to tar­get Amer­i­cans do­mes­ti­cally and abroad, ac­cord­ing to the state depart­ment.

US au­thor­i­ties dubbed the AQAP the “most dan­ger­ous re­gional node in the global ji­had” af­ter Amer­i­can forces killed the mil­i­tant group’s leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

How­ever, the “Is­lamic State” has proven a dan­ger­ous ri­val to Al-Qaeda’s strain of mil­i­tancy in the re­gion and abroad, claim­ing large swathes of ter­ri­tory in Iraq and Syria, as well as nu­mer­ous at­tacks across the globe, in­clud­ing in Berlin, Paris, and Brus­sels.

The group has plot­ted to down US air­lin­ers and claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for at­tacks on the of­fice of the Char­lie Hebdo mag­a­zine in Paris.

Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised gov­ern­ment, backed by Saudi Ara­bia and its Gulf al­lies, is fight­ing the rebels, known as Houthis, who seized the cap­i­tal, Sanaa, in Septem­ber 2014.

Al-Qaeda mil­i­tant Ja­mal Al-Badawi

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