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    US Strike in Yemen Kills Al-Qaeda Emir, Two Other Members

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    Abu Khattab al Awlaqi, the emir for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)’s terrorist stronghold in Shabwah Governorate, was killed in the strike of the US military along with two of his AQAP associates, according to the statement of Central Command.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US military conducted an airstrike in Yemen on June 16 that resulted in death of three members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist group (banned in Russia), including the emir for the Shabwah Governorate, Central Command said in a press release on Thursday.

    "Abu Khattab al Awlaqi, the emir for AQAP’s terrorist stronghold in Shabwah Governorate, was killed in the strike along with two of his AQAP associates," the release said.

    CENTCOM said al Awlaqi, who was responsible for planning attacks, had significant influence within AQAP and had ties to the senior leaders.

    "Al Awlaqi’s death removes a trusted and experienced terrorist leader from AQAP’s ranks," the release said.

    CENTCOM said the strike was supported by the government of Yemen.

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