World Bulletin/News Desk
Militants in Yemen executed three local men in the easterly Hadramout province on Monday whom they suspected of assisting U.S. drone strikes, security sources told Reuters.
In a statement posted online, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) acknowledged the threat it faced from air attacks by unmanned U.S. drones, which require on-the-ground intelligence to guide them in.
AQAP said it had captured a group of spies, adding: "The greatest help they give to the crusaders against the holy warriors is the placing of trackers for American spy planes."
The group has mounted dozens of attacks on government officials, security forces and foreigners in recent months, in response to a government offensive on its strongholds. Last month it abducted and killed 14 Yemeni soldiers in Hadramout.
Analysts believe British, Saudi and American intelligence agencies have at times infiltrated AQAP, fearing its ability to carry out attacks abroad, and in 2012 managed to foil what Washington said was a plot to put a bomb on an airliner bound for a Western country.
The drone strikes have upset many Yemenis, however, because of the civilians they have killed.Last Mod: 02 Eylül 2014, 00:06